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Open Features: British Food Fortnight

Sally Williams brings news of how the National Trust is helping to support British Food Fortnight.

In support of British Food Fortnight, 18 September – 3 October 2010, the National Trust will be celebrating the very best of locally grown produce through tantalising tasting events across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

On the National Trust’s menu are fruit and vegetable workshops, cookery master- classes and food fayres– there’s something for all food lovers.

Here’s a selection of events to tickle your taste buds:


Attingham Park, Shropshire

Food fayre, 18 – 19 September 10am - 4pm

Over 40 stalls of local, quality produce for sale ranging from pork, beef and venison to cakes, bread, vegetables, cider and chocolate…and much more.

Booking is not required for this event.

Normal admission charges apply but there are no additional event charges.

For more information please call 01743 708123.

Calke Abbey, Derbyshire

The Calke show - Plot to Plate, 18 September 11am - 4pm

Enter your home-grown, seasonal produce in our vegetable, fruit and flower show. Meet some local food producers and Calke's chefs will demonstrate some culinary ideas.

Booking is not required for this event.

Normal admission charges apply but there are no additional event charges.

For more information please call 01332 863822.

Petworth House & Park, West Sussex

Celebrating British food supper, 18 September 7pm - 9.30pm

Our chefs will prepare a wonderful five course meal that will celebrate some of the best of British food sourced locally to Petworth House.

Booking is essential for this event.

There is an additional event charge of £45 per person.

For more information please call 01798 342207.

Winchester City Mill, Hampshire

Jam and chutney Fest, 18 September 11am - 4pm

Enjoy breadmaking and baking demonstrations plus discover how to make jams and jellies from the hedgerow and garden.

Normal admission charges apply but there are no additional event charges.

Booking is not needed for this event.

For more information please call 01962 870057.

Knightshayes Court, Devon

Kitchen garden - autumn planting, 24 September 1.30pm - 3.30pm

Watch the autumn planting of broad beans, garlic, onions, chard and lettuces and pick up expert tips for your own vegetable patch or allotment.

Booking is essential for this event.

There is an event charge of £10.50 for all tickets.

For more information please call 01884 254665.

Anglesey Abbey, Gardens & Lode Mill, Cambridgeshire

A foodie affair, 25 September 10.30am - 4pm

Celebrate the arrival of autumnal flavour with a whole day of food related activities and find out about our link with Red2Green. Discover our allotment project and taste wholesome local produce. For those seeking further adventure, why not join in seed gathering and our grow-your-own activities.

Booking is not required for this event.

Normal admission charges apply but there are no additional event charges.

For more information please call 01223 810080.

Stourhead, Wiltshire

Meet the farmer, 25 September 2.30pm

Celebrate British Food Fortnight with entertaining sausage-making demonstrations by our tenant farmer Steve Harris. Discover how he manages his organic, wildlife friendly farm here on the Stourhead estate.

Booking is not required for this event.

Normal admission charges apply but there are additional event charges.

For more information please call 01747 841152.

Beningbrough Hall & Gardens, North Yorkshire

Food and craft festival, 25 – 26 September 11am – 4pm

Our third festival of great Yorkshire food and crafts, with stalls of produce, a BBQ & hog roast, family vegetable workshops, vegetable catwalk and much more.

Booking is not required for this event.

Normal admission charges apply but there are no additional event charges.

For more information please call 01904 472027.

Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire

Some like it hot, 25 September 11am - 4pm

Peppers Day: Demonstrations will be held to show you how to grow and cook with sweet, bell and chilli peppers. There will also be a stall selling fresh produce from the Walled Kitchen Garden.

Booking is not required for this event.

Normal admission charges apply but there are no additional event charges.

For more information please call 01909 544917.


The Argory, Co. Armagh

Autumn in the garden, 26 September 11am - 4pm

Enjoy the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness. Join our team as they prepare the garden and greenhouse for autumn and winter.

Normal admission charges apply but there are no additional event charges.

Booking is not needed for this event.

For more information please call 028 8778 4753.


Dunham Massey, Cheshire

Venison cookery masterclass, 30 September – 01 October from 1pm

Ever fancied venison but not sure what to do with it? Let local chef Paul Ratcliffe demonstrate how to make the most of this local, sustainable and healthy ingredient against the backdrop of our wonderful Edwardian kitchen.

Booking is essential for this event.

There is an event charge of £40 per adult.

For more information please call 0161 941 1025.

Barrington Court, in Somerset

Chutfest '10 2-3 October 11am - 4.30pm

Chutfest '09 was a runaway success: it was the busiest weekend at Barrington Court all year and those who came along to swap were delighted with the variety and quality of chutneys and other preserves available. This year, there will be a good quality food fair; there will be music and there will be swapping. All home made produce can be swapped: cordials, chutneys, pickles, jams, curds and others. So, cut down those food miles, swap locally and take in the wonderful atmosphere of Chutfest '10.

Normal admission charges apply but visitors who bring chutney or preserves to swap will get in free and will be asked to pay 50p for a "pitch" inside the Court House.

Booking is not required for this event.

For more information please call 01460 242614.

Erddig, Wrexham

20th annual apple festival, 2 – 3 October 11am – 5pm

From William Tell, Granny Smith and Sir Isaac Newton to cider cookery and folklore. Come and celebrate our increasingly popular apple harvest with cider tasting , apple press demonstrations, dancers, games and over 120 varieties of Erddig apples on show and lots more for all the family.

Booking is not required for this event.

There is an event charge of £10.30 adult, £5.15 child, £25.75 family and £7.90 group.

For more information please call 01978 355314.

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For more information on National Trust events, please visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/events

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