The magnificent grounds of Blenheim Palace will be transformed into a foodie’s paradise over the next bank holiday weekend.
This year’s festival will feature more demos, more local producers and more tastings than ever before ensuring tastebuds will be well and truly tickled.
Alongside the fantastic range of food, drink and activities for the whole family to enjoy, there will be guest appearances from Michelin-starred Oxfordshire chef Raymond Blanc and winner of this year’s MasterChef, Kenny Tutt.
The Blenheim Palace Food Festival from May 26 to 28 will boast 130 stalls featuring mouthwatering treats from artisan bakers, craft brewers, gin distillers, gourmet burgers, international cuisine, traditional ice cream and handmade sweets.
Last year’s event attracted more than 25,000 visitors and organisers are expecting more through the splendid gates this year.
Festival organiser, Jeff Harper from the Fantastic British Food Festivals is really excited about this year’s event.
He said: “We’ve organised fascinating masterclasses with food and drink experts, including one of the world’s most respected chefs, Raymond Blanc OBE.
“Masterchef 2018 champion Kenny Tutt is cooking one of his triumphant dishes in the demo tent and is available for a Q&A session.
“Other guests include Great British Bake Off winner Sophie Faldo to share her baking secrets; Emily Watkins, chef proprietor at the award-winning Kingham Plough [near Chipping Norton] and talented Andrew Scott from Sudbury House Fraingdon].
“The Lunch Box Doctor Jenny Tschiesche, is available to offer nutritional advice for children and the incredibly charismatic truffle and mushroom hunter, Melissa Waddingham will discuss fungi foraging!”
New for this year in the palace pleasure gardens is the Cheese and Chilli zone showcasing the finest of both available.
And if all that’s not enough, entertain the family with strolling musicians and storytellers and then explore the pleasure gardens, maze and adventure playground while the children – and perhaps adults too – run off some of the fabulous food they sampled around the grounds.
To enjoy the festival you will need a Park & Garden ticket or a valid annual pass – adult tickets £13.50, children £6.50, concessions £10.50 or family tickets £37.50.
For more information and to book tickets go to www.blenheimpalace.co.uk