Harvest time is an important part of the year for Britain’s farmers. To coincide with the harvest, the British Food Fortnight promotion is heralding the return of the immensely popular Bring Home the Harvest campaign, which aims to rekindle the tradition of celebrating British food and the harvest across the nation.
Tesco, British farming’s biggest customer, joins Aramark in sponsoring the event and Tesco stores will be leading the harvest celebrations around the country.
To support British farming in your area, there are a number of local events planned that will benefit from your support…
Events In Northamptonshire, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, Warwickshire:
Festival of Food & Drink, Clumber Park 20th & 21st Sept, 10:00–17:00
We will be bringing back the Cookery Theatre with a fantastic line up of Celebrity Chefs, The Food marquee where you can buy lots of artisan food and get to try some tasty samples! Lots of food and drink to have at the festival so you don’t go hungry or thirsty!
Some great entertainment for all ages from the kid’s area to live music to get you in the festival vibe!
And lots more and new exciting features to make sure you all have a great day out!
Children aged 8 and under FREE
The Belgrave Hall Good Food Fair 27th & 28th Sept, 11:00–16:00
Join us for the 9th year of this popular food fair. Part of British Food Fortnight, the event offers organic food, drinks, preserves, bakery and a range of tasty treats. Enjoy eating on-site or take home. Meet some of our local producers and take part in our talks.
Free parking nearby. Disabled parking outside Belgrave Hall.
Adults £2.50 / Under 16s Free.
Address: Belgrave Hall & Gardens, Church Road, Leicester, LE4 5PE
Telephone: 0116 229 8181
Melton Mowbray Food Festival 4th & 5th Oct, Sat 10:00–17:00/Sun 10:00–16:00
The 11th annual Melton Mowbray Food Festival will be held again in the town’s Cattle Market. The Melton Mowbray Food Festival is one of the largest regional food festivals in the country, set in the heart of the town known as the UK’s Rural Capital of Food. Over 150 exhibitors will be showcasing their produce at the Festival and this year, visitors can sample not only the local, traditional Melton Mowbray Pork Pies and Stilton Cheese, but also a range of delicious foods such as stunning new alcoholic ice creams, artisan cheeses, gold-infused bubbly, steamed puddings, chocolate kebabs, gourmet British game, locally-brewed ales and many more, from the region and beyond.
Celebrity chefs, regional cooks, bakers and bread makers including Rachel Green, Linda Hewitt, Joe Hunt, Stephen Hallam and Jo Pratt will be demonstrating a range of recipes in the Festival theatre.
Uniquely this year, to commemorate the start of WW1 in 1914, the Women’s Institute will be organising displays on a WW1 theme. A family food and fun area will keep the kids entertained as well as teaching them about food in a fun and interactive way.
Tickets £6.00 (Book in advance – £5.00 at http://www.goleicestershire.com/foodfestival online or in person from Ye Olde Pork Pie Shoppe in Melton Mowbray)
Harvest Festival, Whetstone Pastures Farm 28th Sep 2014, 15:00
On behalf of the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution across Leicestershire, we would like to invite you to attend our Harvest Festival on Sunday 28th September at Whetstone Pastures Farm, Whetstone (between Lutterworth and Leicester) LE8 6LX, 3pm by kind permission of Anthony and Sandra Herbert.
The service is very special as it is hosted on the farm, rather than in a religious building, to celebrate the harvest and we will illustrate within the surroundings how the farming community have brought in the crops to feed us all. The service will be family friendly and you are welcome to bring guests along too. After the service, tea, coffee and cakes will be served and an opportunity to meet the local farming community and R.A.B.I. supporters too.
Rugby Food & Drink Festival 25th-28th Sept
A four day festival celebrating the amazing variety of high quality food, drink and ‘Real Ales’ that Rugby has to offer!
- Farmers Market
- Food Fayres
- Pop Up Kitchen
- Real Ale Trail
- Special Food Events
- Kids Kitchen
Oakleigh Fairs at Rockingham Castle Country Show 20th & 21st Sept, 10:00–17:00
Set in the beautiful grounds of Rockingham Castle this Family Country and Game Show with all day entertainment including birds of prey, working dogs, have a go gun dog scurry, dog agility, children’s entertainment as well as arts, crafts, gifts and food marquees.
Also on Sunday at this event, we’re proud to host the Companion Dog Show – so bring along a canine friend and have a go! (And all proceeds from entries will go to Marie Curie Cancer Care).
Admission on the gate: £7, concessions £6, Children age 5-16 £3, Family Ticket: £18 (2 adults and 2 children), accompanied children under 5 – absolutely FREE
Events In Cambridgeshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire:
Scone Baking Day, Houghton Mill, Cambridgeshire 4th Oct, 11:00-16:00
Find out how we make our delicious scones using Houghton Mill stoneground wholemeal flour and have a go at making one yourself.
Festival of Farming, Food & Wildlife 28th Sept, 11:00-16:00
The Festival of Food and Farming, organised by the Countryside Restoration Trust, will take place at Bird’s Farm, Haslingfield Rd, Barton, Cambridge, CB23 7AG. This year with a harvest theme, the event will include pick your own hedgerow fruits, seasonal recipe demos and a crumble competition! As per last year the event will also include various local food and craft stalls, sheep dog demos, children’s activities, tractor and trailer rides and much more!
Produce Fair, Wimpole Estate, Cambridgeshire 27th & 28th Sept, 10:30-17:00
Browse stalls selling good quality local produce in the attractive setting of Wimpole’s Walled Garden. There will also be the chance to buy produce from Wimpole Estate.
Afternoon Tea with Live Music, Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire 5th Oct, 16:00-18:00
Enjoy the Afternoon Tea experience with live music from Gary Mullins. Join us for exquisite open sandwiches, heavenly fancies and shamelessly indulgent homemade cakes accompanied by live music. Gary has been working as a professional performer for 10 years and does a wide variety of performing work in London, all over the country, and internationally. He is a seasoned solo player, covering Classical, Jazz and Traditional styles. Price: £16.50 (Normal admission fee applies).
For more information, please call 01296 653226.
A Celebration of Autumn , Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire 27th Sept, 19:30-23:00
Celebrate the finest seasonal produce with our talented team of chefs by joining us for a rare opportunity to dine at night at Waddesdon. The evening begins with a glass of champagne followed by a four course dinner inspired by the autumn months.
Price: £40 (Normal admission fee applies)
For more information, please call 01296 653226.
St Albans Food and Drink Festival 24th Sept-6th Oct
For more information please see www.enjoystalbans.com/whats-on/major-events/index.html or contact:email@example.com
Thame Food Festival 27th Sept
The Festival was introduced in the town in 2008 to promote and celebrate the wealth of wonderful food producers, food retailers, chefs, food and drink experts, restaurants and cafes in the local area. This remains the ‘raison d’etre’ of the event. The event also showcases the town, which is a beautiful historic market town in Oxfordshire.
Hungerford Food & Drink Festival 5th Oct
Organised by HEAT (Hungerford Environmental Action Team) to support our wonderful local food producers. Enter our Cookery & Produce Classes, learn how to salt beans, press apples, hot-smoke fish and make your own wine. Or simply let your inner child make a vegetable sculpture!
Contact: 01488 647025.
Day, Chastleton House, Oxfordshire 4th Oct, 12:30-16:00
From baking and cooking, to chutneys and cheeses, find out all about our favourite fruit! With family activities, local suppliers and a cooking demonstration.
Normal admission fee applies. For more information, please call 01608 674981.
Royal County of Berkshire Show 20th & 21st Sept
Come along to this thriving county show and see the whole food chain brought to life With a host of livestock, a large Food Tent, cookery theatre, farm machinery and harvest centre the show is a fun and educational day out. It’s the ‘have a go’ show – a whole range of hands-on experiences with expert guidance… you can build a den, learn to thatch… milk a cow… ride a skateboard!