Great British Food Festival goes down a treat at Knebworth House

PUBLISHED: 11:16 25 July 2017 | UPDATED: 11:16 25 July 2017

Great British Food Festival 2017 - Liz and Charlotte Crisp eating cheese toasties.

Great British Food Festival 2017 - Liz and Charlotte Crisp eating cheese toasties.

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Foodies took to Knebworth House over the weekend to experience the Great British Food Festival which featured many top chefs and bakers.

Great British Food Festival 2017 - Eva Cartlidge, nine, drumming.Great British Food Festival 2017 - Eva Cartlidge, nine, drumming.

The Great British Food Festival, held at Knebworth House, made for a fantastic foodie day out for all the family and not even the rain could dampen the atmosphere.

The festival goers enjoyed the array of delicious foods and drinks on offer so that all taste pallets could find something to enjoy, from tray bakes from Ridiculously Rich, winner of The Apprentice 2016, homemade chutneys and jams, hot dim sum, to exciting flavours of vodka.

Many stalls offered free samples, which generated a lot of interest.

Top chefs and bakers from past TV competition series and from the best local restaurants showed off their culinary skills with some wonderful dishes made live on stage and offered tips to recreate the dishes.

Great British Food Festival 2017 - Henry and Liza Wright - McCarthy's Country Stores.Great British Food Festival 2017 - Henry and Liza Wright - McCarthy's Country Stores.

After the demonstrations, the members of the audience were invited to taste what had been made.

Great British Bake Off runner-up, Jane Beedle, appeared twice on Saturday and entertained the audience with anecdotes about her experiences in the Bake Off tent.

The Men vs Food events ended in sweat and tears as volunteers from the audience took on the challenges, and that was just from the chilli eating contest.

Tim Rushton gave an entertaining commentary full of sarcastic comments and cheeky remarks throughout the meat, heat and treat charity fund raising challenges.

Great British Food Festival 2017 - Oliver, five, enjoys making giant bubbles.Great British Food Festival 2017 - Oliver, five, enjoys making giant bubbles.

With umbrellas in hand, avid music listeners stayed right up until the end of the event listening to the range of live music, from solo artists, duets, to full on party bands, which performed a mixture of covers and originals.

Children were able to burn off some energy with the free circus workshop where they had a go at stilt walking, plate spinning, unicycle riding and more.

Other fun activities for children included arty workshops, treasure hunts, giant bubble making, drumming workshops, Food Olympics and a children’s dog show.

Little budding chefs also enjoyed getting involved in foodie fun with the Cookery Classes and the parents enjoyed not having to clean up afterwards.

Great British Food Festival 2017 - Hannah Harper enjoys a hog roast roll.Great British Food Festival 2017 - Hannah Harper enjoys a hog roast roll.

The organisers of the Great British Food Festival event said: “We were really pleased that so many people braved the rain and joined us for our first event Knebworth House, there was a lovely atmosphere and Knebworth Park made for a fantastic setting.”

Great British Food Festival 2017 - A cooking demonstration by Howard Middleton.Great British Food Festival 2017 - A cooking demonstration by Howard Middleton.

Great British Food Festival 2017 - Sasha Bright, nine, enjoys the hoopla.Great British Food Festival 2017 - Sasha Bright, nine, enjoys the hoopla.

Great British Food Festival 2017 - Kitty Bright, seven, enjoys spinning the plate.Great British Food Festival 2017 - Kitty Bright, seven, enjoys spinning the plate.

Great British Food Festival 2017 - The Ravi Ollie stall.Great British Food Festival 2017 - The Ravi Ollie stall.

Great British Food Festival 2017 - Liz and Charlotte Crisp eating cheese toasties.Great British Food Festival 2017 - Liz and Charlotte Crisp eating cheese toasties.

Great British Food Festival 2017 - Hog Roast.Great British Food Festival 2017 - Hog Roast.

Great British Food Festival 2017 - Hog Roast.Great British Food Festival 2017 - Hog Roast.

Great British Food Festival 2017 - Hannah Harper enjoys a hog roast roll.Great British Food Festival 2017 - Hannah Harper enjoys a hog roast roll.

Great British Food Festival 2017 - Jude Mowat, four, enjoys the train ride.Great British Food Festival 2017 - Jude Mowat, four, enjoys the train ride.

Great British Food Festival 2017 - A cooking demonstration by Howard Middleton.Great British Food Festival 2017 - A cooking demonstration by Howard Middleton.

Great British Food Festival 2017 - Sasha Bright, nine, enjoys the hoopla.Great British Food Festival 2017 - Sasha Bright, nine, enjoys the hoopla.

Great British Food Festival 2017 - Rhiannon Davies/Saira Hamilton(Chef) and Amy Barrett.Great British Food Festival 2017 - Rhiannon Davies/Saira Hamilton(Chef) and Amy Barrett.

Great British Food Festival 2017 - Mrs Bright enjoys some juggling.Great British Food Festival 2017 - Mrs Bright enjoys some juggling.

Great British Food Festival 2017 - Eva Cartlidge, nine, drumming.Great British Food Festival 2017 - Eva Cartlidge, nine, drumming.

Great British Food Festival 2017 - Kitty Bright, seven, enjoys spinning the plate.Great British Food Festival 2017 - Kitty Bright, seven, enjoys spinning the plate.

Great British Food Festival 2017 - Murphy James entertains the crowds.Great British Food Festival 2017 - Murphy James entertains the crowds.

Great British Food Festival 2017 - Sophie Gates enjoys a plate of ravioli.Great British Food Festival 2017 - Sophie Gates enjoys a plate of ravioli.

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