Kentford staged its first village festival at the weekend.
The inaugural music and food festival held at the village pub, The Cock, was raising funds for the Animal Health Trust and a team of representatives from the charity, whose headquarters are in the village, were on hand to talk to festival goers about their work to fight disease and injury in animals.
The festival featured musicians as well as live cookery demonstrations from local chefs.
Landlady, Emma Coward, who has been at the pub for less than a year, said: “The weather was a bit miserable on Saturday but Sunday made up for it. We could not have wished for a better line-up of music acts, amazing talent for a sleepy little village like Kentford. I feel quite proud for what we have achieved and would certainly considered doing it again next year.”
She added: “I think the Aninmal Health Trust was pleased with the way things went. It does so much incredible work treating animals locally, as well as research which benefits animals across the UK, so we really wanted do what we could for itr.”
Headlining the festival were the 90’s boy band 911 and 2010 X Factor contestant Gamu.
Local acts include Lewis Mokler; a 20 year-old singer songwriter from Newmarket, Cemetery Junction; a five-piece rock band from Moulton and the Simpletones; 2013 winners of the Cambridge Band Competition, as well as artists from London, Bristol and even Scotland!
The festival supported by singer songwriter John Mclaughlin, whose brand new music label, The Boombox, was the main sponsor of the event.
Live cookery demonstrations took place over the weekend in the Foodies’ Corner, where local chefs from Newmarket’s The Pantry, Thai Street Café and Paddocks House Newmarket, were among those sharing their tips, techniques and favourite dishes.
The pub’s refurbished children’s play area was also popular with the younger visitors to the festival.
“We had a great weekend and we hope everyone who came along enjoyed themselves,” said Emma.
“It’s all part of getting the pub involved with the community and we hope to continue that.”
She said the pub would be undergoing further refurbishment this autumn to be complete in time for owners’ first anniversary.