Beware, this post will make you hungry, nom!
Is there a food festival in such glorious surroundings as Althorp House (trust me I’ve been, and I wanted to move in, not sure Lord Spencer was up for the clickety clack of the Muddy Stilettos though)..? Even if there is a slim chance there is one somewhere as stunning, it’s not on our doorstep, laid out on rolling green hills, miles from the madding ‘Northamptonshire’ crowd (24-25 Sep).
We live in an age where there are festivals ago-go; an age in which we are somewhat spoiled. But it’s rather lovely knowing you don’t have to get in your brum and travel hours for the pleasure. And this festival not only promises yummy food (and fizz pop), but children’s entertainment and live music (courtesy of the Rock Choir)!
The Althorp Food and Drink Festival is designed to celebrate quality producers and suppliers in Northamptonshire and the surrounding counties, synonymous with the Spencer Family and Althorp Estate (and I don’t mean dead posh, the peeps at Althorp are so down to earth, I had trouble leaving last time). No, the main aim is to champion and showcase the finest food and drink available, locally, and by God do we have it in bucketloads (list of producers below, some who I’ve met over the last few months, and who have charmed the socks off me)!
As mentioned, it’s taking place against the backdrop of one of England’s most beautiful, private and historic houses, and it really is hard to think of a more perfect or authentic venue for a celebration of food and drink. It uses various spaces within Althorp House, including the beautiful Grade I listed stables, courtyard, extensive deer park (yes really), and outdoor portico (honestly, it’s a pleasure not a chore clocking steps on your pedometer around here).
Celebrating the craft, diversity and culture of food and drink (it’s not just a nosh up you know, ahem) there will be a variety of demonstrations, masterclasses and talks from leading professionals throughout the festival (so we’ll learn something too).
Combine that with the (hopefully), balmy September weather, and it promises to be a weekend of relaxed fun and indulgence!
Suitably geared towards adult and children the fantastic mix of live entertainment, activities for the kids, food and drink stalls, and the talks from experts and cookery writers, means you’re not going to be short of something to do, and in fact, I’d possibly book both days to make sure you can do it all.
So, if you haven’t got your tickets, get them now and plan your perfect weekend (I’ll do my famous sun dance which invariably fails, but hey ho, it’s worth a try). I suggest taking a picnic blanket, an empty cool bag, some comfortable shoes and parking up for an entire weekend of food and fun.
Enjoy, and look out for a Muddy Stiletto by the Prosecco or cider stand. Cheers ; )
Should you be interested in exhibiting or participating in the 2016 Althorp Food and Drink Festival then please contact [email protected]
|Althorp – Producing Estate Venison Sausages|
|Bare Bones Pizza|
|Bell’s Northampton – Courtyard Sponsors|
|Bite Me Spices|
|Bread and Pullet – Hosting a Pop Up Restaurant|
|Cadman Fine Wines – Hosting Wine Tastings|
|Cheggs Scotch Eggs|
|Connie The Vintage Travelling Tearoom|
|Good Times Café|
|Gun Dog Ales|
|Hamm Tun Fine Foods|
|Jelley Distilleries – Mixology Demonstrations|
|Most Marvellous Baking|
|Nene View Dairy|
|Northamptonshire Food and Drink Awards – Lots of drinks tastings!|
|Old School Sausages|
|Penelope’s Vintage Ice Cream|
|Polka Dot Bakes – Trading but also hosting children’s activities|
|The Good Loaf|
|The Lost Farm|
|The Wonder Kitchen|
|Talks and Demonstrations|
|Aldo Zilli – Sunday 25th|
|Richard Bainbridge – Sunday 25th|
|Martha Collison – Saturday 24th|
|Carmela’s Kitchen – Saturday 24th
Charles Ward Photography – showcasing demonstrations and styling of food (using food from the local exhibitors)
|Bugtopia – Interactive activities and animal meet and greets|
|Mad Science – Educational and fun shows, including candyfloss making (yum!)|
|Icarus Falconry – Bird Displays
Polka Dot Bakes – Creating icing animals
Biscuit and Cake Decorating
|Rock Choir – Sunday 25th