At the recommendation of some wonderful people that I have had the privilege to meet over the past week, today the Hubby and I took a drive out into the country to the quaint and beautiful village of Cobham in Kent.
The village is really lovely and it came as no surprise to learn that Cobham is also part of a large conservation area. This means luckily much of the area has not seen any major changes. Not that you’d want to.
Interestingly enough, Cobham is closely associated with well known and much loved author Charles Dickens. Dickens used to walk out to the village from where he lived in Gads Hill and included Cobham in ‘The Pickwick Papers’.
Driving down the small roads, sandwiched in-between a variety of cottages and houses, we made our way down to The Meadow Room, a wonderful asset to the village and host of the annual Munchies Festival. Fondly known as ‘Munchies On The Meadow’, this is a wonderful medley of all things Kent, including food, drink and music.
We followed an eager trail of families into the The Meadow Room, complete with gazebos arranged in the garden area. Live music was in the air along with the most incredible food smells. The atmosphere was chilled enhanced by the beautiful sunshine; children could roam easily without getting lost as the area was secured and away from the road.
There were certainly lots of flavours and colours on show from produce, to ice cream, to crafts, to cakes and plants. No matter the age, there was something for everyone. The live bands were a huge crowd pleaser and I loved the bales of hay that could be sat on to watch them.
Time seem to slip away quite easily as we took our time mooching the stalls and snacking on some fabulous goodies – the home made snickers slab and the crème egg / scotch egg combo were heavenly and devoured very quickly.
Munchies on the Meadow is clearly a favourite outing for many people and their families, and also for stall holders as many return here year after year. Competitions are held for Munchies Master Baker (Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood style!) plus Master Brewer.
The Hubby and I very much enjoyed our afternoon at Munchies – where clearly you can munch your entire way around, sampling some of the high quality, local produce that we are extremely fortunate to have.
See the gallery below for all photos taken during my visit.