Top Celebrity Chefs and More Local Produce at Stonor Food Festival This Year

After a fantastic first year, the Stonor Food Festival is back on 15-16 June with a wide range of 60 artisan food and drink stalls selling local and regional produce.

Celebrity chefs Jean-Christophe Novelli (appearing 15th) and Atul Kochhar (appearing 16th) will be headlining the Festival Kitchen alongside a number of top local chefs and food and drink experts including Oliver Bouet from The Red Lion and Paul Clerehugh from The Crooked Billet.

As it’s Fathers’ Day weekend Dads will receive a free bottle of Brakspear ale.

The festival was launched on Thursday with guests enjoying delicious cake and fizz in the grand Gothic revival hall.

Bill Prosser, MD at Fantastic Food Festivals who are running the event said, “The first year last year was great and we’re hoping to build on this.  William is a real foodie enthusiast and passionate about the event.  We’re hoping for 6,000-7,000 people this year.  We’ve got some amazing chefs, Atul Kochhar who is very personable and very passionate and Jean-Christophe Novelli who is very charming and also very passionate.  We’re offering a real fun day out for everyone.”

Hon William Stonor said, “This year will be bigger and better but with the focus on more local food producers and suppliers this year like Nettlebed Creamery and organic Longhorn beef from Robert Laycock’s farm down the road who will be doing butchery demonstrations and hopefully a barbecue.  We spent two years researching how we were going to do a food festival and we felt working with Bill were the best people to do it with.  Unlike some food festivals which are all about trying food whilst you are there, what is also important to me is that people are also able to buy lovely food to take away and then cook themselves.  We’re got some amazing chefs – I’m really looking forward to seeing Atul as I lived in Dehli for 3 years and have visited India on a regular basis since I was 9.”

Paul Clerehugh said, “The organisers have very generously invited me to do a cookery demonstration. I can’t wait to do that.  On Saturday I’ll come enjoy the whole theatre of the festival and those fantastic stalls with brilliant local produce against this incredible backdrop and then at some point at around lunchtime I’ll do my demonstration. I had in mind I might to do fallow deer but then I appreciated that the park has a lot of deer and it was probably very inappropriate to do venison meat but I guarantee it will be local produce.”

Tickets are priced £10 for Adults and £6.50 (Children between 2-15) or Family Tickets e.g. £34 (2 Adults 2 children).

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