The biggest event of its kind in the region, the Festival has made some minor modifications to ensure everyone not only enjoys the event but also feel safe and relaxed while at Clumber Park, a beautiful National Trust property.
Event organiser Bev Channell explains: “We’re so excited to be returning to Clumber Park and we want our festival-goers to feel the same way too. So, we’ve made some subtle changes to give everyone – traders and visitors – the room they need as we get used to being out and about again this year.
“This includes bringing all our traders from inside the big marquee and out onto the show field so that visitors have the freedom to wander between the stalls without having to be mindful of social distancing and a ‘one-way system.’ There will still be around 150 producers, which are listed on our website, so plenty to try and buy, just all outdoor.”
The 2021 Festival will welcome a fantastic line-up of celebrity chefs and special guests including This Morning’s Phil Vickery, Michelin star chef Jean-Christophe Novelli, TV presenter Joe Hurd, ‘Dirty Vegan’ Matt Pritchard, Great British Bake Off’s Karen Wright, and Annie from Annie’s Burger Shack. They will all appear in the cookery theatre with admission included in the ticket price.
The popular Gin School also returns but in a bigger marquee so there is plenty of room for all the ‘pupils’. Beautiful Things, which offers stunning homewares, gifts and jewellery, has also expanded in size and welcomes some fabulous new brands.
Children can enjoy their own cookery workshops as well as plenty of new activities such as circus crafts and ARTventurers, offering lots of colourful, creative, crafty fun for youngsters of all ages to enjoy.
The soundtrack to the weekend will be provided by our popular musicians Vince Freeman and John Adams, friend of the festival and a huge hit with visitors who love a singalong. There will also be a live DJ throughout the weekend playing the chilled classics and all your favourite tunes from the new bandstand.
Situated in the heart of the Festival, the bandstand will be in perfect earshot of the street food vendors, pop-up cafes, cocktail bars and breweries so visitors can enjoy a world of flavours while they soak up the atmosphere.
Ticket prices start from just £10 in advance for the Festival of Food and Drink with free admission to see the cookery demonstrations by the guest chefs on the day as well as into Clumber Park included (usually £5 per adult). Family tickets also available. Children aged five years and under are admitted free with a paying adult. For more info, visit www.festivaloffoodanddrink.com