The Countdown is on to New Henley Food Festival

There’s only four weeks to go until the launch of the brand new Eat Food Festival Henley.

On Saturday 15 June Market Place Henley will see The Big Feast launch the fortnight of food festival feasting.

Along with The Mayor of Henley, Cllr Ken Arlett, residents and visitors to Henley are invited to come along to the Market Place where it will be filled with stalls selling food from local pubs, restaurants, cafés and bars and producers.

You will be able to dine out like a king with our Feast for a Fiver – one dish at £5. Try food from somewhere you’ve never eaten before, peruse the stalls, sit out in the sunshine and enjoy a beer, G&T or ice cream.

Organiser Philippa Ratcliffe said, “We are shouting from the rooftops about what a great place Henley is to visit and what fantastic food producers, chefs, pubs and restaurants we have.”

This is followed by a fortnight of events all around the town at different venues:

FOOD ON FILM (16-27 June) – Eat! Food Festival Henley has teamed up with the Regal Picturehouse to host a festival season of FOOD ON FILM. This lovely arthouse cinema will be presenting a tasting menu of some favourite films for foodies Chocolat, One Hundred Foot Journey, Sideways, Ratatouille, Chef & Tampopo, all films will be accompanied by an added Eat Food Festival treat.

KITCHEN AT THE KENTON (22-26 June)– Yes, that’s right, there’s going to be a kitchen on the stage in the fabulous Kenton Theatre. Never been done before…what can go wrong?!

Eat Food Festival have thrown away the idea that chef demos are done in a drafty marquee and is presenting its chef demonstrations in the Kenton Theatre.

Our fourth oldest working theatre in the UK will play host to and celebrating local chefs including Paul Clerehugh from The Crooked Billet, Simon Mckenzie from Luscombes The Golden Ball, David Holliday & Alex Sergeant from The Bottle & Glass and soon to be opened The Hart Street Tavern,  Chef Joe Barlett from the temple of fine dining that is Le Manoir Aux Quat’Saisons, Liam & Ryan Simpson-Trotman from Orwells Restaurants and not forgetting Su from Makan Malaysia pop-up supper club.

They will be flashing their pans along with a smattering of local experts Jonnie Hobbs of Mr Hobbs Gin, Jan Mirkowski from the Fairmile Vineyard, Bosley Patch’s Tamsin Borlase, food blogger Peter Moody of My Hot Kitchen, Henley’s favourite butcher Barry Wagner of Gabriel Machins and more who will be pairing drinks and sharing their knowledge along with all the chef’s tips and tricks. Compèred by the hugely experienced and talented Hilary Scott you will certainly be in for a tasty treat for the eyes and ears!

SOME LIKE IT CHILLI HOT (20 June at 6pm)– Raising the temperature, tucked away at the back of The Three Tuns in Market Place is a screening of award winning documentary Srirarcha, The Movie, a chilli talk & sauce tasting with ‘locally grown’ resident and chilli fiend, John Maillard aka Johnny Hot Stuff, all washed down with a specially chosen craft beer by landlord Harry Dickson.

MINISTRY OF TASTE (22 June 12-4pm)– Enhance your Eat Food Festival experience by attending one of Laithwaites Wine‘s brand new tasting experiences in the Kings Arms Barn brought to you by The Ministry of Taste. Their intrepid gastronauts,  the Ministers of Taste – have found a new frontier to boldly go to…can music change the flavour, or alter how much you enjoy the wine? And if so, how on earth can this actually work?

FESTIVAL BEER – Look out for our special ‘Rhuby’ Eat Food Festival beer on tap all over town especially brewed for us by Brakspear.

SKINNY JEAN GARDENER – best known for his work as the CBBC Blue Peter Gardener, Lee Connolly will be visiting Trinity School with his lively Skinny Jean Gardener Show encouraging children and grown-ups how to grow your own.

RIVERSIDE FIESTA (29 June) A celebration at Mill Meadows at the end of the fortnight foodie festival partying in the park with live music, floating gin bar, street food, artisan producers, beer & cocktails and more. You will be able to dine out on food from around the globe from our fantastic food stalls with our full on summer festival vibes. Chill in the park with the grass between your toes whilst drinking in the music, bubbles, sunshine and atmosphere. FREE ADMISSION – no ticket or jacket required. Rock up, bring a blanket, bring the family, bring your friends, bring your granny and your four legged friend – ALL ARE WELCOME

For more details and to book tickets go to www.eatfoodfest.co.uk

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