A foodie’s dream weekend at River Cottage

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The Food Fair will be held at River Cottage HQ at Park Farm, near Axminster

SOME of the country’s leading chefs, cooks, food pioneers and cookery writers are joining Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall for the River Cottage Food Fair on the late May Bank Holiday weekend.

A food lover’s dream weekend, the Food Fair is taking place at the idyllic River Cottage HQ at Park Farm, near Axminster.

This hugely popular annual event is a treat for all the family to learn new culinary skills, meet the animals and be immersed in a weekend of cooking, growing, relaxing and eating.

Held on Saturday, May 26 and Sunday 27, the Food Fair is a must-visit for food-lovers and gardeners, to enjoy the sights, sounds and tastes of spring, surrounded by the rolling Devonshire hills.

The Food Fair has a fantastic line-up of food talent, including Tom Kerridge, Anna Jones, Melissa Hemsley, Nadine Levy Redzepi, Alex Hely-Hutchinson, Guy and Geetie Singh-Watson and Gill Meller, plus more names to be announced soon.

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River Cottage has been a household name since TV chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall first brought his hands-on, ethical food ethos to our screens in 1998

Food for Thought

In the Food for Thought tent, Hugh has curated a line-up of speakers, including writer and environmental activist George Monbiot, which promises to provide thought-provoking and possibly controversial, debate and discussion.

The fair will be packed full of activities, from chef demos on the main stage and culinary masterclasses – including wild cocktails, spicy suppers and cooking over fire with Gill Meller – to artisan food stalls, craft workshops, talks and live music, plus garden and wild food tours with River Cottage foraging guru John Wright.

There will also be a new barbecue area where chefs will be sharing their techniques for cooking meat, fish and vegetables over fire.

A team of River Cottage experts and friends will be on hand across the site to share culinary tips and gardening wisdom, throughout the weekend.

Children under the age of 16 go free and will be kept entertained with a huge choice of activities including pasta and pancake-making masterclasses, giant bubbles, games, craft workshops, a meet the animals area, face painting, skittles and hula hooping.

Dine at River Cottage HQ

Tom Kerridge, chef patron of the 2 Michelin-starred Hand & Flowers in Marlow, will launch the Food Fair with a special feast on the evening of Friday, May 25.

Whilst at the Food Fair there will also be the chance to dine inside the iconic River Cottage farmhouse and enjoy a two-course menu for £20, featuring the very best seasonal and local ingredients.

For those looking for food-on-the-go, there will be a range of street food stands as well as a fully licensed bar serving local ciders, beers, wines and seasonal cocktails under canvas.

Those keen to learn something new can book onto one of the popular masterclasses. Starting at £20, these include Bread & Butter from scratch in an hour, River Cottage Ravioli, Wild Cocktails and Outdoor Cookery.

Entry costs £12.50 for adults including a park and ride service, and is free for children under 16. For more information and to book event and masterclass tickets, visit the website www.rivercottage.net/foodfair.

The Food Fair will be followed by The River Cottage Festival on the weekend of August 25th and 26th and will feature a jam-packed programme of music, masterclass and festival fun.

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Francesca grew up in Lyme Regis and has worked in community journalism in the area since 2011, having gained a First Class Honours degree in journalism and her NCTJ qualifications at Southampton Solent University.

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