Food & Drink Festival

Local foodie business awarded for outstanding contribution

November 23rd, 2016|Food & Drink Festival|

The inaugural New Forest Food & Drink Festival Week ended on a high with Ringwood’s Bakehouse24 scooping the award for Best Contribution to New Forest Food & Drink in 2016. Sponsored by The New Forest Marque – a scheme which helps support and promote New Forest farmers, producers and growers – the award was given [...]

Food, glorious food (and drink!): First New Forest Food & Drink Festival a huge success

November 9th, 2016|Food & Drink Festival|

From TV personalities Gregg Wallace and Simon Rimmer, to the 700 people who flocked to Taste of the Outdoors on Wednesday, to the sell-out foraged foods menu at The Bell Inn on Thursday, the first New Forest Food & Drink Festival has proved to be a big hit. Visitors had the choice of over 120 [...]

The sun shines on A Taste of the Outdoors

November 2nd, 2016|Food & Drink Festival|

It's always a bit nerve wracking when you organise an outdoor event in November, but it paid off. We were blessed with beautiful weather at today's 'A Taste of the Outdoors' and around 700 people (and their dogs) turned out to sample some fine street food and learn about the Forest's rich cultural heritage. Head [...]

Simon Rimmer’s first visit to The New Forest

November 2nd, 2016|Food & Drink Festival|

Celebrity chef and star of Channel 4's Sunday Brunch, Simon Rimmer, visited The New Forest as part of the inaugural Food & Drink Festival - and it was his first time at this beautiful destination too. The event was part of the Vegetarian Forest Feast theme and on offer was a veritable vegetarian banquet. On [...]

A Smoking Hot Success!

November 1st, 2016|Food & Drink Festival, Food & Drink Festival Chefs|

As you approach Lime Wood Hotel you'll notice a small brick house tucked under the brow of a hill - their Smoke House. Lime Wood is the only hotel in the New Forest to have its own Smoke House... and its doors are always open to explorers! Head chef Luke holder and his team of chefs [...]

On your marks, get set…. eat & drink! The New Forest’s first Food & Drink Festival Week is here

October 29th, 2016|Food & Drink Festival|

With just days to go before the start of the New Forest Food and Drink Festival Week, the region’s award-winning chefs are putting the finishing touches to the special menus, dishes and demonstrations they are preparing for the thousands of visitors who are expected to join them for the area’s first event of this kind. Visitors [...]

Hot chocolate and marshmallows from Harley Sweet

October 28th, 2016|Food & Drink Festival|

As autumn rolls in and the days have grown shorter, we all pine a little for the end of the summer. But every New Forest cloud has a silver lining – in this case a fluffy marshmallowy one. Autumn, season of mists and mellow fruitfulness. Roaring fires, Great British Bake Off, our first ever Food [...]

Great short-break deals during the New Forest’s Food & Drink Festival Week

October 27th, 2016|Food & Drink Festival|

Visitors travelling to the New Forest Food & Drink Festival Week should check out the latest deals to help make the most of their experience. From farmhouses to country houses, there’s a place – and a price – to suit everyone for a last-minute break. Burley Manor is offering a very special deal for those [...]

The Quirky Side of Autumn

October 24th, 2016|Food & Drink Festival|

One of the joys of the New Forest Food Festival is the chance it gives to visitors to really get to grips with the area’s quirky side. Like our Pannage pigs. The free-roaming porkers were turned out on September 12 and have spent the past two months Hoovering up the acorns, chestnuts and beech mast [...]

A food festival not just for humans

October 23rd, 2016|Food & Drink Festival|

The New Forest Food & Drink Festival will be a week-long celebration with culinary events, produce-tasting, featured dishes and activities for every foodie - even the four-legged ones. The Festival themes have been designed to ensure that there really is something for everyone; meat-lover, vegetarian, and the sweet-toothed, as well as those furry foodies who [...]

The Vegetarian Forest Feast – What you need to know

October 22nd, 2016|Food & Drink Festival|

Veggies have no fear – there’s a whole section of the New Forest Food and Drink Festival dedicated to delicious, meat-free dishes and delights, starting with A Celebration of Vegetarian Food with chef and TV presenter Simon Rimmer, of Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch. The four-course dinner will form the headline event for this section of [...]

An interview with Mike Smales of Lyburn Cheese

October 21st, 2016|Food & Drink Festival|

When did you decide it had to be cheese (as a career)? We have miked cows since 1950 and twenty years ago the writing was on the wall for small farmers trying to make a living, so we decided to do something different. We started playing around with cheese and it just got bigger and [...]

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