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Enough food festivals already!

At their best they’re about celebrating local produce. At their worst, food festivals are a cynical corporate exercise populated by uninterested, hungover chefs and freebie-grabbing punters. It’s time to boycott them and rediscover farmers’ markets, says champion of small producers Polly Robinson

There are so many food festivals, you could spend every weekend of the year at a different one. Newspapers and magazines (including this one) often recommend the best and there’s at least one website that lists them all – currently 338. That’s almost one for every day of the year. There are festivals for sausages, oysters and, in Suffolk where I live, even for peas.

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