Thousands of foodies attend East of England Food Festival at Knebworth

PUBLISHED: 17:19 18 April 2016 | UPDATED: 17:39 18 April 2016

Jean-Christophe Novelli at the East of England Food Festival at Knebworth House

Jean-Christophe Novelli at the East of England Food Festival at Knebworth House


Thousands of food lovers converged on a Hertfordshire stately home over the weekend for the East of England Food Festival.

Despite Saturday’s wet weather, visitors flocked to Knebworth House for the two-day culinary treat.

The festival was a celebration of all that is good to eat and drink from across the Eastern Region and beyond.

Star attraction on the Sunday was French celebrity chef Jean-Christophe Novelli.

Other chefs appearing over the weekend included the award-winning James Barber, Matt Tebbutt, Nigel Brown and former MasterChef contestant Ondine Hartgroves.

From condiments, artisan cheeses, home cured and fresh meat, dairy products, confectionery, bakery, wine, beer and other drinks, together with cookware and other related products, there was something for most foodies’ tastes.

Martha Lytton Cobbold, managing director at Knebworth House, said: “We had a very busy weekend at this year’s East of England Food Festival.

“It was great to see our celebrity chefs in action, and to get some tips and new ideas.

“Visitors enjoyed the opportunity of sampling artisan produce from the wide range of exhibitors.”

She added: ‘The weather conditions on Saturday were disappointing, but we were pleased that more than 3,000 people came to the event over the weekend.”

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