Foodies prepare for battle with French
A GASTRONOMIC battle between Britain and France is set to take place in St Margaret's Bay this weekend.
The Coastguard pub, which sits in a picturesque location by the Channel, is hosting a Historical Food Festival celebrating the very best in grub from both sides of the Dover Strait.
Foodie: Chef Sam Wydymus is looking forward to this weekend's Historical Food Festival DOAJ080409Chef-2
Getting underway at 10am on Sunday, the event will feature competing foodies from both nations facing off in what the organisers describe as their "little medieval encampment" by the sea.
Among those taking part from France will be master cheesemonger Phillipe Olivier, Opal Coast brewer Christophe Noyons and fish smokers JC David of Boulogne.
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Representing the home nation will be the enigmatically-named Tom the Cheese, brewers from Gadds of Ramsgate and tasty treats from the Weald Smokery.
Chef Sam Wydymus, who owns the venue with husband Nigel, said: "All of these guys are specialists in their fields with tons of awards and worldwide following, they are also passionate about their subjects. None could be accused of being shy or retiring.
"This really will be France versus England – south coast verses north, knives and glasses drawn and ready."
The aim of the festival is to celebrate traditional methods in production of food and drink, something Sam is very passionate about.
She is know for producing her own sourdough bread at the pub, a venture inspired during some particularly wintry weather which saw the village snowbound and cut off from the outside world.
The food festival has been many months in the making, and Sam admits their could be a some good-natured banter between the two countries.
"These doyens of the French and British foodie world have never knowingly been in the same county as one another, let alone a tented village," she said jokingly.
"There is every possibility of an international incident not dissimilar to Waterloo taking place."
For more information about the Historical Food Festival call the Coastguard pub on 01304 851019.