Longleat Food & Drink Festival

The Hairy Bikers and TV chef James Martin will be among the highlights at this year’s Longleat Food & Drink Festival from June 23-24

As well as live cooking masterclasses, the two-day celebration of British summertime will also feature Market Street, which plays host to 30 open-air food and drinks stalls, as well as live music, classic cars and vintage fairground rides.

Visitors will be able to enjoy music from a selection of talented local bands; including West Country favourites The Wurzels who will be performing on Sunday.

Emma, Viscountess Weymouth, who is an enthusiastic cook herself, will be joining James, Si and Dave on stage to assist with their live food demonstrations and has curated a special Luxury Afternoon Tea in the Great Hall at Longleat House. As well as the live masterclasses, the chefs will also be available for book signings.

“I am so pleased to be hosting the second Food & Drink Festival here at Longleat and to have the opportunity to watch accomplished chefs like James, Si and Dave in action,” says Emma. “Food is one of my great passions and to be able to host an entire weekend devoted to the very best local produce as well as tastes from around the world is a dream come true.

“We have done a lot to make this year’s event even more family-friendly and to celebrate everything that’s special about the British summertime.”

Events will be taking place in a large open-sided marquee and there will be giant television screens relaying the demonstrations live. All events are included with a Group Day ticket, including the shows.Groups of 12+ can access an exclusive discount of 30% off Day Tickets, free coach driver tickets and a meal voucher, and free organiser tickets. (Emma’s Luxury Afternoon Tea costs £22.50 per person and is available to book online.)

Pre-booking for the Live Cooking Demonstrations is £1 per booking. Demonstrations will be taking place at 10.30am, 1pm and 3.15pm. For details call 01985 844328.