Why Althorp Food & Drink Festival is unmissable in 2017

Althorp Food & Drink Festival will take place once again in the idyllic grounds of Althorp, one of the most beautiful private stately homes in the UK. The festival on Saturday and Sunday May 6-7, 2017, is a celebration of the best producers and suppliers in Northamptonshire and surrounding counties.

Breathtaking Althorp, which has been home to the Spencer family for over five centuries, will play host to 90 of the finest local food and drink producers and suppliers. There will be talks, tastings, demonstrations, cookery classes, workshops, BBQ masterclasses, blind chocolate tastings, omelette challenges, children’s activities and live music to suit every taste!

Stars of the show include Garrett Oliver, chief brewmaster at Brooklyn Brewery in New York and author of The Oxford Companion of Beer; Nicola Millbank, actress, cook and author of Milly’s Real Food; Adam Bennett, Michelin Star chef from The Cross, Kenilworth; Anton Manganaro, head chef at BAFTA 195 Piccadilly; and Hanna Sillitoe, creator of the inspiring blog My Goodness.

Notable local chefs include Carmela Sereno Hayes, specialist pasta maker and founder of Carmela’s Kitchen; Joe Buckley from the Tollemache Arms in Harrington; James Claydon from Shires Cookery School in East Haddon; Nathan Russell from My Health Hut; Steve Reid from Friars Farm; and Nick Kimber from the Hopping Hare in Duston.

Above all, Althorp Food & Drink Festival provides an opportunity to become better acquainted with the thriving local food and drink industry. Confirmed exhibitors include award-winning vodka maker, Jelley Distilleries; Burleighs Gin, who will be on hand to refresh guests with their very own gin and tonic bar; Hamm Tun Fine Foods, inviting you to nibble on the finest Northamptonshire Blue Cheese; and Incredible Pies, who make sweet, fruit-based pies that are, well… incredible. 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 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, The Little Rum Company, The Good Loaf, Fizz 76 and Baja Cantina. Bread & Pullet will also be returning with their successful pop-up restaurant overlooking the Deer Park.

Ticket prices 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.

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!

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