New Forest food – taste it, buy it, appreciate it – at two amazing free events
There’s a reason the New Forest is becoming renowned as one of the UK’s top foodie destinations – and that’s because of the place where the food is produced – it’s unique!
Now it’s time to celebrate that and to find out about the Forest’s rich history and culinary heritage. On Wednesday November 2, from 11.30am – 2.30pm, A Taste of the Outdoors takes place at the historic Pony Sales Yard at Beaulieu; a free event as part of the first ever New Forest Food and Drink Festival.
In the Main Show Ring there’ll be displays of livestock as well as fascinating talks from the Agisters (the people charged with caring for the Forest’s ponies, donkeys, deer and roaming pigs).
The work of the foresters will be on show near the event entrance; everything from woodcarvers to rangers and education and information services, to help visitors understand how the woodlands are manged to benefit the forest’s people, livestock and wildlife.
But the main attraction will be a Forest Street Food Area in the main holding pen, south of the show ring, where local chefs will be demonstrating their skills and cooking up a storm – all using delicious local produce including meat, cheese and the fruits and vegetables grown and gleaned right here in the Forest.
Buying this food couldn’t be simpler – visitors just purchase tickets at £2.50 per street food component which will be sold in units of £5 or £10 but remember, entrance to the event is free!
The second free event takes place on Sunday November 6 at Brockenhurst College where there’ll be a producer’s market and chef demonstrations. Visit the producer’s market between 9:30am and 3pm, and buy some of the finest local Forest produce.
The demos kick off at 10am, first with the Head Chef from Burley Manor (which is hosting the festival’s headline event for the Vegetarian Forest Feast) showing how he cooks one of the Manor’s signature dishes.
After that visitors will learn the gentle art of distilling from Pothecary Gin, as well as getting the inside story on how to make some amazing new cocktails.
Chocolatier Miss Witt will be showing visitors how to make award-winning chocolate and Cambium, the restaurant at Carey’s Manor, will be showing off some of its signature dishes – with strong emphasis on forest foraged and the locally-grown produce.
After lunch, Beaulieu Hotel will be showcasing its favourite dishes, followed by the young chefs of the future, from Brockenhurst College’s MJ’s restaurant. Expect demonstrations, innovations and – of course – more great food!
Of course none of this would be possible without the help and support of the Festival’s sponsors – Eric Robinson solicitors, estate agents Spencers New Forest, and Donaldson Ross Accountants. And listen out for more information on Wave 105, who are the festival’s media partners.
For more information, visit www.thenewforest.co.uk/newforestfoodfest
T: 01329 822866
Issued on behalf of:
The New Forest