Goodwood racegoers enjoy deliciously entertaining Festival of Food and Racing
Over 22,000 racegoers enjoyed three days of culinary delights and racing thrills at Goodwood Racecourse, when the West Sussex track hosted it’s second Festival of Food and Racing from Thursday 24 to Saturday 26 May 2018.
Inside a Home Grown tent, guests enjoyed some inspiring demonstrations from John Williams, Andreas Bagh, Phil Howard, Steven Edwards, Martyn Nail, James Golding, Matthew Brown, Brandon Clemens, Giles Thompson, Flora Hathaway and the teams from Goodwood House, the Famer, Butcher, Chef and the Kennels. All of the demonstrations were well received and impressed upon those watching the sustainable ethos shared by the chefs from Goodwood and elsewhere.
In the Sussex Bistro, Andy Hepworth, Laura Uphill, Frescobaldi, Melanie Luckes, Troels Bendix and the Women’s Institute provided Table-top Talks and guests could experience some ‘one-pot wonders.’ In the Farmers’ Market, Luckes Café, Charlie’s Trout, The Great British Charcuterie Co, Chichester Marshmallow Co, Lovingly Baked, The French Comte, FNK Pie House, Imagination Chocolates, Sussex Gourmand, Flapjackery, Gwen’s Garden, Hello Fresh, Bad Boys Biltong and Auntie Val’s Ability Centre all showcased and sold their delicious produce.
On Thursday, local trainers and jockeys enjoyed multiple successes. Pulborough-based jockey Jim Crowley had a double, as did Horsham-based trainer Gary Moore. Amanda Perrett, another based in Pulborough, trained Gather to win the seventh on an eight-race card. The feature netbet.co.uk Height of Fashion Stakes was won by Magnolia Springs under Charlie Bishop.
The sun came out on Friday and Aspetar, on only his second start, landed the Listed British Stallion Studs EBF Cocked Hat Stakes for Kieran Shoemark and trainer Roger Charlton. Perhaps the most exciting finish of the afternoon came in the thamesmaterials.com Handicap, when Frankie Dettori won by the narrowest of margins aboard Uber Cool.
With the weather also warm and sunny on Saturday, racegoers were treated to some fine performances from Natalie’s Joy, who impressed on her debut and Mirage Dancer, who comfortably took Netbet Android Download The App Tapster Stakes. Amanda Perrett had her second winner of the meeting when Platitude stayed on well to win the NetBet Boost Classic Handicap Stakes.
Alex Eade, General Manager of Goodwood Racecourse said; “We had a really lovely atmosphere across the course for this meeting and it was great to see so many people enjoying the food demonstrations, Table-top Talks, Famers’ Market and House of Fraser space, as well as the racing.
“We now look forward to a busy June, with four fixtures coming up in quick succession. Our Three Friday Nights series kicks off on Friday 1 and we have a brilliant Family Raceday to enjoy on Sunday 10.”