Celebrity chefs at Knebworth House for East of England Food Festival this weekend

PUBLISHED: 20:21 15 April 2016 | UPDATED: 20:21 15 April 2016

Jean-Christophe Novelli

Jean-Christophe Novelli


Fine fare is to the fore at Knebworth House this weekend as the East of England Food Festival returns to the county.

Jean-Christophe Novelli will appear at The East of England Food Festival at Knebworth HouseJean-Christophe Novelli will appear at The East of England Food Festival at Knebworth House

Anyone fascinated by food will find the gates open from 10am to 5pm on both Saturday and Sunday for a celebration of all that is good to eat and drink from across the region, and from further afield.

Organisers promise a huge range of products from condiments, artisan cheeses, home cured and fresh meat, dairy products, confectionary, bakery, wine, beer and other drinks, together with cookware and other related products.

And there’s also a full programme of food and cookery demonstrations on the menu.

There’s a Saturday slot for TV’s Matt Tebbutt, whose credits include Channel 4’s Food Unwrapped, BBC Two’s Great British Food Revival and BBC One’s popular Saturday Kitchen show.

Celebrity chef Matt Tebbutt will appear at The East of England Food Festival at Knebworth HouseCelebrity chef Matt Tebbutt will appear at The East of England Food Festival at Knebworth House

On Sunday the guest presenters include Hertfordshire-based celebrity chef Jean-Christophe Novelli.

The event will be compered by former MasterChef contestant Ondine Hartgroves and award-winning chef James Barber will also be attending over the weekend.

The team at Oakleigh Fairs, who put together the programme, promise a packed weekend for everyone from the amateur enthusiast through to the most sophisticated gastronome. The show is also supporting British Food Fortnight.

Festival organiser Emma Owen said: “We are delighted to be returning once again to the East of England Festival of Food at Knebworth this year.

“It is such a fantastic setting, and with visitor numbers of around 7,500, it is arguably one of the largest food festivals in the region.

“From the 30 or so shows we run over the year, one thing that has become increasingly apparent is that people are fascinated by food.

“So many of us are concerned about food miles and traceability these days and more and more of us are turning to ‘real food’.

“We hope this event is a showcase for anything foodie and is your chance to meet the maker.”

She added: “With both Matt, Jean-Christophe, James and Ondine on hand throughout the weekend offering demos and tips from the top, this show really can’t be missed.”

Admission cost £9.50, with a family pass for four persons £38.

Tickets include entrance to Knebworth Gardens, Park, Dinosaur Trail and Adventure Playground.

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