Due to the vagaries of the Cambridge bus service I only arrived at about 10:45 and the Guildhall was already packed with people wandering around and perusing and sampling the wares on offer. The crowd was especially thick around the Gog Magog Farm Shop’s, Inder’s Kitchen’s and the Norfolk Street Bakery’s stalls but everybody else did a roaring trade, some even selling out before the end of the fair. When I took a quick break from the Plate Lickers Brunch (see separate post) at around 3:30 to pick up some cheese from the Gogs, the hall was still very busy and I had to queue. I don’t know if there is an official record of visitor numbers but it must have been a few thousands over the day. I’ve even seen tweets from people who wanted to get in but were put off by the sheer number of people there.
Throughout the day there you could listen to interesting talks in the smaller hall. The topics on offer ranged from shopping locally via the advantages of sourdough/slow breadmaking techniques to cocktails. These were also very well received.
I heard rumours that the organisers have already been asked to hold another one and seeing the response it is quite obvious that the demand is there. I spoke to the organising committee members afterwards and everyone was completely overwhelmed by the response. They had hoped the fair would be a success but nobody had forseen quite how popular it turned out to be.
So, huge congratulations to Caroline, Heidi and Sian of Eat Cambridge!
Here are a few photographic impressions, you can find many more on flickr.