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Trout n About in Stockbridge – 2014

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The Trout n About Festival in Stockbridge has been the place to visit every Summer since 2008.

A Food and Craft Festival that has steadily grown over the last 6 years, it is now a firm favourite for visitors and stallholders in the area.

Trout n About 2014 saw 136 stalls take over Stockbridge High Street. Visitors flocked to the market town to enjoy all that was on offer. The stalls were lined up on each side of the High Street with their trading side facing the pavements. The road was still open and very busy with drivers taking care with the massively increased amount of pedestrians milling around.

The event puts on a free car park with a marvellous green double decker bus, ferrying visitors to and from High Street. Lots of volunteers from the local area help on the day and the feeling is that of a community, bringing together an event to benefit Stockbridge and all who visit.

The stalls boast fresh food available to buy and eat on the day from places such as Parsonage Farm and Broughton Water Buffalo, who were serving up delicious food to massive queues of hungry people, the scent of the barbecues wafting over the air, invitingly.

One of the highlights of the AaV day was seeing JM Woodturning, with Jim Musker making wooden apples and pears with his Lathe in the busy High Street. ‘Mr Musker’ was my CDT teacher at John Hanson many moons ago and I was proud to remember the name of the machine he was working on!

A fantastic array of crafts were on offer, with Hope & Rainbows, Fickle Pickle, Cherished China, Burlison Photography in attendance, giving a wide range of interesting things to look at.

Amongst others, Mash Brewery, Melbury Vale Vineyard and Old Joes Cider kept visitors happy with real ales, ciders and wines.

Caymanas Rum Cakes had the most delicious rum infused cakes, which AaV will be doing a full review on later in the week.

Live music drifted on the air from several spots on the High Street, including Andover Town Band who performed to large crowds in the afternoon.

There was so much to see and do, the day went past really quickly. Rather than catching the bus to the High Street, the AaV team enjoyed a lovely walk to and from the packed car park and it turned into the perfect way to spend a Sunday.

Roll on next year – Andover & Villages can’t wait!

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