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Farmers’ Market to host free cookery demonstration by top French chefs

Chef Eric Guignard and pastry chef Michel Risson of Surbiton’s award-winning restaurant The French Table will be demonstrating their culinary skills at the next Maple Road Surbiton Farmers’ Market, on Saturday May 21.

Using specialty food and fresh ingredients from the local producers’ market, the duo will prepare some simple, delicious dishes that visitors can then try out at home.

The market runs from 9am to 1pm and the free cookery demonstration takes place at 12 noon between The French Table, voted London’s Best Restaurant in the 2010 Good Food Guide Readers’ Restaurant of the Year Award, and The Antelope pub.

Surbiton’s Farmers’ Market is held on the third Saturday of the month in Maple Road and features 26 stalls of fresh seasonal produce. Bars and restaurants are open for breakfast, coffee and lunch.

May stallholders include Yorda Adventures, a not-for-profit community organisation that works with families to support children and young people with disabilities, which will be selling plants to raise funds. Last month the Farmers’ Market donated £1,921 from its surplus proceeds to fund a special hoist for Yorda's headquarters.

Kingston Street Pastors, an inter-denominational street-based support project, will be running a tombola on its stall to raise awareness and funds for its training courses.

Since the market started in October 2009, money raised for charities and good causes has totalled more than £13,000, including fundraising by charities on market days. Donations in April also included £420 to The Fircroft Trust to match funds raised at the March market from the sale of plants grown in its nurseries.

At this month’s market stallholders will be donating a basket of produce as a raffle prize for nearby St Andrew’s & St Mark’s Junior School, which holds its May Fair on the same day, from 11am to 2pm.

For more information on Maple Road Surbiton Farmers’ Market, please contact Sarah Taylor on 020 8390 5673 or Geoffrey Doyle on 07949 15544. Look out for more details at the website, www.mapleroadsurbiton.co.uk.

• Congratulations to Krystian Wojtaszak, aged 10, of Tolworth Junior School Art Club, winner of the competition to design a poster for the Farmers’ Market. Entries will be on show at Saturday's market in the Rubicon Bar. And look out for the winning poster displayed around Surbiton.

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