Parker's Piece springs to life with the annual produce fair
Parker’s Piece will spring to life this September when Oakleigh Fairs pitch up with their huge annual Food, Garden & Produce Show.
Running on 15 and 16 September, the show presents an abundance of stalls, demos, classes and contests across the course of the weekend, and always attracts an enthusiastic crowd. Stop by between 10am and 5pm and try your hand at baking, making jam or pickle or flower arranging, with experts on hand to guide you.
Fancy yourself as a star baker and know your soggy bottom from the finished article? You’ll be able to line up your own tasty treats against others from the area, with Ian Cumming, Great British Bake Off finalist in 2015 and local baking expert, stepping up to judge four categories that will test fruit cake and Victoria sandwich skills, among others.
If you grow your own fruit and veg, there’s a wide range of classes to try to win, from carrots, tomatoes and the usual fare, to heaviest pumpkin and “any funky vegetable”. There are also categories for flowers and ones just for children, including jam tarts, miniature garden, or the intriguing tallest cress hair in a decorated egg.
But it’s not all about taking part: on both days there will be a diverse range of arts and crafts, food and drink, plus homewares to browse in marquees and outdoor trade stands.
Entry to the event is free.