ANOTHER GREAT BRITISH FOOD FESTIVAL
By Ann Evans
Photos by Rob Tysall, Tysall’s Photography
The Great British Food Festival season is well under way. Although it only began six years ago, it is now a firmly established foodie events of the summer throughout the UK.
One reason for their success perhaps may be due to the events being held at such stunningly attractive locations. So far this year there has been a Great British Food Festival at Shugborough Estate, Harewood House, Hardwick Hall, Stoneyhurst College, Ragley Hall and last weekend saw the festival taking place at Kelmarsh Hall. The next one takes place at Bowood House, Wiltshire on 20th-21st August; followed by Arley Hall, Cheshire on 24th-25th September.
Last month, we went along to the Festival held at Ragley Hall in Warwickshire June and despite chilly, cloudy weather, crowds turned out to enjoy all the fun of the day.
There’s always top food and drink producers, stalls selling all kinds of kitchen and cookery accessories as well as craft and gift stalls. There’s well known chefs and cookery demonstrations, cookery classes, foodie challenges in the Men v Food tent, live music, fun for the children, and a chance to simply relax and enjoy the great location.
At Ragley Hall, Hilary Philpott, House Manager said: “We are delighted to yet again host the 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 is a great day
out for all the family and not just food enthusiasts!”
Coming up, highlights of the Bowood House festival include cookery demonstrations by Great British Bake off winner Nadia Hussaine and contender for the 2015 competition Sandy Docherty. Other attractions include kids cookery classes, foraging walks and artisan talks. You can even enter your own cake into the Cake-off competition. (See website for details).
The man behind the organisation of the Great British Food Festival is Danny Maycock and the events are very much family affairs with Danny’s brother, Nick and other family members and friends, all doing their bit to help the shows run smoothly.
Chatting to Danny last year, he said: “No two festivals are the same, but there is always something for all the family.” There certainly is!
Take a look at the website for full details: http://www.greatbritishfoodfestival.com/