Following on from a deliciously unforgettable event in 2016, this year’s Althorp Food and Drink Festival promises to be another unmissable, mouth-watering experience.
The festival will take place once again in the idyllic and scenic grounds of Althorp, one of the most beautiful, private stately homes in the UK. The Althorp Food and Drink Festival is a celebration of the best producers and suppliers in Northamptonshire and its surrounding counties. Taking place on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th of May 2017, it is a festival that promises something for everyone to taste, see and experience, from veteran food lovers to kids both big and small.
Althorp is a location that truly matches this ethos of catering to all tastes, with breathtaking features within the House and throughout the Estate. Having been home to the Spencer family for over five centuries, Althorp certainly has a history as rich and interesting as the food that will be served up throughout the festival. Set in the tranquillity of its walled, 550 acre parkland in the heart of beautiful countryside, the house also showcases one of Europe’s finest private collections of art, furniture and ceramics, as well as a private library that was once considered one of the greatest in Europe, the inspiration for the renowned Althorp Literary Festival.
Among the many entertainment highlights on the menu will be talks, tastings, demonstrations, cookery classes, workshops, BBQ master classes, blind chocolate tastings, omelette challenges, children’s activities and live music to suit every taste! Festival goers will be able to learn tips first hand from experts including: Garrett Oliver, Chief Brewmaster at Brooklyn Brewery and author of The Oxford Companion of Beer; actress, cook and author of Milly’s Real Food, Nicola Millbank; Michelin star chef, Adam Bennett from The Cross, Kenilworth; Anton Manganaro, Head chef at BAFTA 195 Piccadilly; Hanna Sillitoe, the creator of the hugely inspiring blog My Goodness; and Paul Merrett, frequent guest on BBC One’s Saturday Kitchen whose cooking has twice received a Michelin star. Notable local chefs include Carmela Sereno Hayes, specialist pasta maker and founder of Carmela’s Kitchen; Joe Buckley, from the Tollemache Arms; James Claydon, from Shires Cookery School; Steve Reid, from Friars Farm; and Nick Kimber, from the Hopping Hare.
Above all else, the Althorp Food and Drink Festival will provide an opportunity to become better acquainted with the thriving and increasingly renowned local food and drink industry. The exhibitors that have already been confirmed for this year include award-winning vodka maker, Jelley Distilleries and Burleighs Gin who will be on hand to refresh guests with their very own gin and tonic bar.
The Althorp Food and Drink Festival is a celebration of the best producers and suppliers in Northamptonshire and its surrounding counties
Also appearing will be Hamm Tun Fine Foods, inviting you to have a nibble on the finest Northamptonshire Blue Cheese, and Incredible Pies, who make sweet, fruit-based pies that are, well…incredible. Anyone looking to try something truly unique would do well to hunt down Napton Water Buffalo, who produce meat and dairy products on their buffalo farm in Warwickshire. Proud purveyors of artisan ices Penelope’s Vintage Ice-cream are a must for anyone looking to cool down with something sweet and Saxby’s Cider should more than suffice for those who are in the mood for a summery tipple!
Other exciting exhibitors include; Lotus Bakery, The Roastery, TeaLab, Daily Bread, Bite Me Spices, Replete Flatbreads, Cawston Press, The Biscuiterie, Friars Farm, Rutland Charcuterie and Baja Cantina. Bread & Pullet will also be returning with their successful pop up restaurant, overlooking the Deer Park.
Principal Festival Partners in 2017 include The University of Northampton and Bell’s. Associate Festival Partners include Aga, Burleighs Gin, Chelton Brown, Nyetimber and The Roastery, whilst Festival Supporters include BBC Radio Northampton, Fawsley Hall Hotel and Spa and Hewitsons.
The nominated charity for the 2017 Food and Drink Festival is The Hope Centre who work to relieve poverty and tackle the cause of homelessness in Northampton by giving people a hand up, not a hand out. Registered charity number: 1015743,
Ticket prices to the Festival start at £6.50 for adults, whilst children aged 12 and under are admitted for free. There is also a ticket option for those wishing to visit the House. Tickets go on sale from Monday 27th March.
It is guaranteed to be a festival full of fun and flavour, all taking place in a truly grand location – so don’t miss out!