Flavours of Herefordshire Food Festival 2011
PUBLISHED: 10:29 13 September 2011 | UPDATED: 19:58 20 February 2013
Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 October 2011 10am – 4.30pm<br/><br/>Come and enjoy Herefordshire's 6th annual food festival weekend, which promises to be a tasty time out for all the family
Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 October 2011 10am 4.30pm
Come and enjoy Herefordshires 6th annual food festival weekend, which promises to be a tasty time out for all the family.
Herefordshire is abundant in lush landscape, picturesque market towns and villages with black-and-white buildings, unique craftspeople and a strong focus on food producers of many kinds. The River Wye, which gives the Wye Valley its lustrous appeal, is a haven for activities and famous for its fishing of succulent salmon and trout. Dotted around the county youll find the most charming restaurants, pubs and tearooms doing creative things with whats grown on their doorstep and many of these are about to find out if they have won a prestigious award in this years Flavours of Herefordshire Food Awards, to be announced the night before the Festival at a gala dinner.
Coinciding with harvest time, the Festival itself celebrates all that is scrumptious about the county and almost 100 producers will be exhibiting their home-grown, artisan made fayre, giving you the chance to meet the makers, growers and chefs behind the countys very best flavours.
With the area being world famous for its Hereford cattle and cider, you can also meet some of this years newly presented regional food award winners, jubilant from their success. Sample their prepared produce, hot and cold, and stock up your larders from the Food Pavilion and Farmers Market shopping areas.
Get mouth-watering inspiration as you watch demonstrations in the live cookery theatres and feast your eyes and your palette on someone very special in the gourmet world culinary genius and celebrity chef, Jean Christophe Novelli. Known as Britains favourite French chef, the 5 AA Rosette and Michelin star award winner will be presenting three live demonstrations each day of the festival. He will also be judging the sizzling Cook-off between the two finalists of the Young Chef awards category, which will add some real competitive spice to the day. No pressure!
Apart from this, local chefs and winners of the Flavours of Herefordshire Food Awards will also be treating you to live sessions across the cookery theatres and showing everyone how to make the very best of the countys glorious produce. This is bound to inspire you to hotfoot it down to the extensive onsite Food Pavilion and Farmers Market and buy some delicious fresh goodies for yourself. Purveyors of quality meats, sweet treats, savoury nibbles, vegetables, preserves and condiments, dairy goods, wines, beers and cider and juices are just a taste of the things on offer.
Throughout the whole weekend there will be childrens activities, interesting educational and informative talks from food groups and societies like honey makers, hop growers, apple projects from this years Year in the Orchard, Hereford Cattle society, plus many more and insights in to the actual processes used to obtain the best from the countys crops and meats.
Understand more about the provenance of Herefordshire food while you try and buy everything from bread to beverages, vegetables to sweet treats, fruit and meat packed full of the taste of home. Irresistible Street Food of various kinds will be on sale all day for when you get peckish and there will be areas to take a break and enjoy some refreshment.
All in all it will be a fantastic weekend for the whole family and we look forward to seeing you.
Day Tickets: Adults 7, under 14s 4, under 3s Free. Concessions (over 65) 6, disabled helpers Free. Family ticket (2 adults and up to 3 children) 22.
2 Day Tickets: Adults 12, Under 14s 6, Concessions 10, Family Ticket 38
Book in advance on 01432 273560 www.hereford-racecourse.co.uk or pay on the day.
For group booking of 20+ apply in advance on 01432 273560.
Guide dogs only.
The Flavours of Herefordshire Food Festival is an annual event in its 6th year. It is held 22-23 October 2011 from 10am-4pm each day at Hereford Racecourse, Roman Road, Hereford.
It is a showcase for Herefordshire producers and includes and food shopping pavilion, farmers market, educational talks and activities, cookery demonstrations and this years celebrity chef Jean-Christophe Novelli.
For further information about the festival contact Visit Herefordshire on 01432 268430.
Visit Herefordshire is a privately limited not for profit organisation and is the official body to offer assistance and advice to tourism businesses in Herefordshire. It supports its members and Herefordshire businesses in generating and promoting events, tourism initiatives, business development and training and is dedicated to putting Herefordshire firmly on the tourism map.
Offices are at The Discovery Centre, information centre and shop in King Street Hereford, which displays crafts, produce and works from artisan makers from around Herefordshire as well as county souveniers. www.visitherefordshire.co.uk
Sir Ben Gill CBE MA (Cantab) lives in Herefordshire and is Chairman of Visit Herefordshire. He was National President of the NFU 1998-2004. Amongst other private business interests including his company Hawkshills Consultancy Ltd, he has been a non-executive director of Countrywide Farmers PLC for seven years, is Chairman of English Apples and Pears Ltd and Chairman of Cawood Scientific, the largest provider of scientific analysis to the agricultural sector. He is a Trustee of the John Innes Foundation, Governor of the John Innes Institute and Chairman of Harrogate International Business School and is a board member of the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership.
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