WEEKENDS OF FOOD AND FUN!
By Ann Evans
If you’re a bit of a foodie, then make a note that The Great British Food Festival takes place at Ragley Hall, Warwickshire this weekend, 12th and 13th September; and at Arley Hall, Cheshire the following weekend, 19th and 20th September 2015.
With the festival taking place in the grounds of these magnificent stately homes, families will be able to enjoy the scenery and some leisurely walks – possibly to walk off all the food you may be enjoying.
Festival organisers promise that this years Great British Food Festivals are bigger and better than ever with lots of new features to enjoy. As always there will be around 80 top local food and drink producers showcasing their delicious products; top chefs demonstrating their skills, live music and competitions.
If you’re a fan of the Great British Bake Off, you might want to take along a masterpiece of your own and take part in the Cake Off competition. Be sure to check the website to see the categories you can enter into. Amongst the judges will be Great British Bake Off finalist Luis Troyano and Master Chef’s Luke Owen. If you love cake, but aren’t entering the competition, be sure to grab a seat for the event in case there are any taste tests to be had!
Children can spend 45 minutes having a fun and educational cookery class with KidzKitchen. Parents can sit back and relax while watching junior make a delicious treat to take home. You will need to book for this online beforehand, or book your place at the Information Point on the day.
If you like the idea of foraging for your food, you could go along on a forager guided walk with either Adele Nozedar, author of the Hedgerow Handbook or Matt Normalsell from Eden Wild Foods. And for the competitive foodie, find out how you fare by taking part in the Man V Food competition.
It’s a real family day out, and as well as all the above going on, the kids can try their hand in a circus skills workshop or a craft workshop, plus face painting and lots of other fun.
Andrew Mason, Operations Manager at Ragley Hall which hosts the food festival this weekend said, “We are delighted to yet again host the very popular Great British Food Festival. It’s a great opportunity to get a real taste of the best of Warwickshire and Great British produce to sample, enjoy and buy. The Festival has something for everyone and is a great day out for all the family and not just food enthusiasts!”
Photos courtesy of The Great British Food Festival
For full details, admission prices and to book for certain events, visit: www.greatbritishfoodfestival.com
For more information on Ragley Hall & Gardens visit: www.ragley.co.uk
For information on Arley Hall & Gardens visit: http://www.arleyhallandgardens.com