Cometh the summer, cometh the food festivals

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During the pandemic, one of the things that many people have missed is the food festival.

fresh air, fun and good food

It can range from a huge London centre event with celebrity chefs to village groups putting something together to raise something in aid of a charity.

The last food event that I went to was in our local village hall on St David’s Day 2019. Last years and this years was cancelled due to lockdown. Although it certainly wasn’t the biggest foodie event of the year, it was an opportunity to gather, chew the cud and enjoy some cawl.

Now food festivals are back.

Some of the biggest which require months of organisation have fallen by the wayside again but there are still quite a few to enjoy during the rest of the summer.

One group of food events is run by a family run outfit called the Great British Food Festival.

This weekend it hosts a food festival at Lowther Castle near Penrith in Cumbria. The Georgian castle is a ruin, a façade but nothing behind the walls which leaves plenty of room for, in the words of the organisers, a “variety of food and drink stalls, lots of demos, forager walks, kids entertainment, and live music throughout the day.”

It also includes Cake Off, a tasting over 500 submitted cakes where selected visitors taste the cakes, score them so that judges and us ordinary mortals act as award designers as well!

It’s all a much jollier outing than you’ll find at many of the bigger and formal events and one where you can get involved along with kids if you want them to join in. Just bring a change of clothing if you have a child prone to getting pretty grubby when they help you cook or garden!

And, instead of cramming into a marquee, this year all of the stalls will be facing visitors so plenty of fresh air for everyone.

As I said, the Lowther castle event occurs this weekend and booking online will save you money on the door.

Following Lowther Castle, here are the other events over the summer and early autumn;

Trentham Gardens in Staffordshire: 10-11th July

Knebworth House, Hertfordshire: 17th-18th July

Helmingham Hall in Suffolk: 24th-25th July

Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire: 31st July – 1st August  

Margam Country Park, near Port Talbot:  4th – 5th September

Dalkeith Country Park, Midlothian: 11th-12th September

Arley Hall, Cheshire: 25th-26th September

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