Calling all baking fans ‘The Big Bake’ is back at Newstead Abbey in August

Calling all baking fans ‘The Big Bake’ is back at Newstead Abbey in August

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The Big Bake is back for its third year at the beautiful Newstead Abbey, Nottinghamshire. 

25-26-27th of August 2018

GBBO Winner 2017 - Sophie Faldo, she wowed the judges and viewers alike with her show stopping bakes and her ability to hold her nerve in that famous Bake-Off tent.  Stand-out creations include her champagne cake, described by The Radio Times as ‘a work of genius’, and her trifle terrine which won her the Star Baker award in Week 5.

Rustie Lee, has been working on the popular children's program the ''Twirly Woos'' and appeared in the 2017 BBC-1 prime time series ''The New Marigold Hotel''. She has also made appearances on “Loose Women.” In 2016 she wowed the crowds at the Nottingham castle food festival with her energetic cooking style and very funny cooking demonstrations.     

Molly Robbins, award winning TV and online cake artist and star of Channel 4's Extreme Cake Makers, Series 1 & 2 at the show.

Paul Young, who is a ground-breaking and inspirational chocolatier who is at the forefront of the British chocolate scene. Paul’s passion for his craft and his cutting-edge creativity have won him numerous awards and led to him being ranked amongst the world’s best chocolatiers.

Come and see these fantastic bakers perform baking demonstrations throughout the weekend and take home some tips on how to avoid that dreaded soggy bottom.

The Big Bake are yet again looking for budding bakers to come along and take part in this fantastic competition that includes some great prizes.

On Saturday 26th of August, successful applicants will be asked to bring along a homemade ‘Celebration Cake’ that features a decorative design that can wow our judges.

The lucky winner will be presented with a trophy and 200 worth of Lakeland Vouchers, plus a Big Bake Apron. Runners-up will get a £50 Lakeland voucher, a Big Bake Apron and a cook book.

The Big Bake is a fantastic family orientated event, with live baking demos, children’s entertainment, music and street food vendors and a host of artisan producers, there is certainly something for everyone to get involved with.

There will be a host of licensed bars around the grounds serving fabulous Gin Cocktails and prosecco, plus real ale bar and the beautiful double deck bus bar. 

For more information visit www.greatfoodanddrinkfestival.co.uk

Tickets on sale Friday 8th June 2018

You can view last year’s show here https://youtu.be/_EYixJPfiBk

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Barratt Homes Sponsor The Great Food and Drink Festival - Rufford Abbey 2018.

Barratt Homes Sponsor The Great Food and Drink Festival - Rufford Abbey 2018.

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We are delighted to announce that Barratt Homes North Midlands is a sponsor of the Great Food and Drink Festival at Rufford Abbey Country Park in Nottinghamshire 2018.

The festival will play host to some big-name industry chefs which include none other than the very popular TV chef James Martin, James will be headlining this year’s event on the Saturday with demos in the main kitchen arena.

This year’s event will boast some brand-new areas which include ‘The Gin Collection’.

Attendees can come along and enjoy gin tasting, workshops and masterclasses, plus a huge range of some of the finest artisan gin producers all located in our Gin Collection Marquee, to top it off there is a fabulous gin bar with a large seated area serving a range of wonderful gin cocktails and drinks.

The Big BBQ - a fabulous dedicated area for the lovers of the fine art of BBQ.

We have a selection of the finest purveyors of BBQ food, you can indulge on a feast of different meat treats from ribs to brisket.  We have selected only the best popup restaurants and street food in the region, you will not be disappointed.

Come and see workshops by our master butcher or watch demos by pit masters who will sharing their tips and secrets on the fine art of smoking and BBQ.

There will be a variation of competitions including the 'The Big Chilli Show Down' chilli eating contest which pits contestants against some of the fieriest chillies on the planet. The Snobby Butcher 'Hot Wings' Challenge, who will be crowned champion for of the hot wing arena for 2018?

Barratt Developments was recently awarded the maximum five star rating in a customer satisfaction survey for an unrivalled ninth year running. The company was awarded the five-star status after an industry wide survey of 45,000 buyers run by the Home Builders Federation (HBF) revealed that more than 90% of customers would recommend the developer to a friend.

Jan Ruston, Sales Director at Barratt Homes North Midlands, said “We are proud to be sponsoring the Great Food and Drink Festival at Rufford Abbey this year.   

“As a local housebuilder in the Nottinghamshire area we are committed to supporting the local community in and around the areas in which we build.”

To find out even more about Barratt Homes’ current developments, then make sure you visit their website by going to www.barratthomes.co.uk and you can find out everything you need to know about The Great Food and Drink Festivals by visiting www.greatfoodanddrinkfestivals.co.uk

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Hart’s head chef to Demo at Rufford Abbey Food and Drink Festival.

Hart’s head chef to Demo at Rufford Abbey Food and Drink Festival.

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Local independent Restaurant, Harts, are delighted to have their head chef, Dan Burridge, taking part in this year’s Great Food and Drink Festival at Rufford Abbey. Chef Dan will be taking to the stage on the same day as none other than James Martin on Saturday 26th May at 2pm.

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Chef Dan Burridge lays claim to a unique culinary style which draws on a melting pot of influences – these include his German-born mother, whom Daniel credits for educating him in the art of cookery and introducing him to restaurants that inspired him even a youngster.

 

Trained at Worcester College of Technology, this culinary whizz kid landed his first job at Colwall Park Hotel where he honed his appreciation for fine food.  Soon enough Dan reached the position of Head Chef in the prestigious Hart’s kitchen – which naturally he cites as a career highlight.  During his time, Dan has worked alongside a brigade of brilliant chefs, such as Hambleton Hall’s Michelin-starred Aaron Patterson, and put his skills as a trained pastry chef to fine use.

Claire Jolliff, Marketing Manager at Harts commented:

“As one of the leading restaurants in Nottingham we are delighted that our Head Chef Dan Burridge will be appearing at the Rufford Abbey Food and Drink Festival in 2018.  We celebrate a milestone 20th birthday, so it’s a great opportunity to showcase the Hart’s spirit of good cooking and fine dining with local foodies.”

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Hart’s Hotel & Restaurant opened in 2003 and is a contemporary, privately owned boutique hotel with 30 rooms and two suites. It is situated in a quiet location 5 minutes’ walk from the city centre with breath-taking views and a secluded resident’s garden.  The Hotel’s Park Bar serves quality wines and Champagne by the glass, as well as interesting bottled beers, cocktails, whiskies and cigars. The Bar provides a comfortable seating area for our residents to meet friends or clients, or simply to relax.

 

Over the Bank Holiday Weekend at Rufford Castle, you’ll be able to see other top named chefs such as Chris Bavan. There will be a large variety of great food and drink you can try on the day and take home with you from our superb food vendors and producers. Not only that, but you can listen to some great local music over the three days as well as having a drink from one of the many bars that will be on site too.

 

 

To find out more about Hart’s, please visit www.hartsnottingham.co.uk, where you can book a table in the restaurant. You can find out more about The Great Food and Drink Festival by visiting www.greatfoodanddrinkfestivals.co.uk

The Apprentice Star ‘Hired’ for Rufford Abbey Food Show

The Apprentice Star ‘Hired’ for Rufford Abbey Food Show

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Popular food and drink festival to be held on the May bank holiday has recruited one of the stars of the popular show.  Harrison Jones who was recently part of the BBC hit show ‘The Apprentice’ will be hosting a food demonstration on the main stage theatre on the Sunday the 27th at 12 noon.

Harrison will be talking about his time on the show and his new healthy food venture with some food demonstrations by his extremely talented chef Vinnie Raulinaitis, who has worked with the likes of Richard Corrigan and Gordon Ramsey.  The audience will have the chance to ask Harrisons questions and hopefully try some of the delicious healthy food prepared.

“I am extremely excited to be working with the festival and look forward to chatting with fans about the show and obviously a big passion of mine which is food. Its really exciting to be hosting my first demonstration in Nottinghamshire and look forward to chatting about ’Equals Health’ my new business venture, you can also come and see me and the team at our exhibition stand too as we have some exciting things happening.”

This year’s event has already confirmed James Martin on the Saturday the 26th and Sunday is the BBC’s Eat Well for less presenter Chris Bavin, plus there are lots more workshops and demonstrations happening all over the site, it’s a weekend not to be missed.

To book tickets and for further information visit www.greatfoodandrinkfestivals.co.uk

The Fireplace and Stove Shop Sponsors Great Food and Drink Festivals Rufford Abbey 2018.

The Fireplace and Stove Shop Sponsors Great Food and Drink Festivals Rufford Abbey 2018.

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We are delighted to announce that The Fireplace and Stove Shop are a sponsor of the Great Food and Drink Festival at Rufford Abbey Country Park in Nottinghamshire 2018.

The festival will play host to some big-name industry chefs which include none other than the very popular TV chef James Martin, James will be headlining this year’s event on the Saturday with demo’s in the main kitchen arena.

This year’s event will boast some brand-new areas which include ‘The Gin Collection’

Attendees can come along and enjoy Gin tasting, workshops and masterclasses, plus a huge range of some of the finest artisan Gin producers all located in our Gin Collection Marquee, to top it off there is a fabulous gin bar with a large seated area serving a range of wonderful gin cocktails and drinks.

The Big BBQ - a fabulous dedicated area for the lovers of the fine art of BBQ.

We have a selection of the finest purveyors of BBQ food, you can indulge on a feast of different meat treats from Ribs to Brisket.  We have selected only the best popup restaurants and street food in the region, you will not be disappointed.

Come and see workshops by our master butcher or watch demos by pit masters who will sharing their tips and secrets on the fine are of smoking and BBQ.

There will be a variation of competitions including the 'The Big Chilli Show Down' chilli eating contest which pits contestants against some of the fieriest chillies on the planet. The Snobby Butcher 'Hot Wings' Challenge, who will be crowned champion for of the Hot wing arena for 2018?

The Fireplace & Stove Shop Nottingham. We have the finest range of Fireplaces, Stoves, and Accessories from some of the best suppliers in the country. In our warm, inviting showroom you can come and have a chat in a relaxed environment and we will make sure you find yourself the perfect fireplace, whatever your style is.

Adam Gregg M.D “When we were presented with the opportunity to showcase one of the most exciting new products The Chesney's HEAT range to hit your gardens this year we jumped at the chance to work with the festival as the creators made it so easy to work out the perfect pitch! That combined with James Martin not only endorsing the product but being at the event it was a complete no brainer!'

 

To find out even more about , then make sure you visit their website by going to www.fireplaceandstoveshop.co.uk and you can find out everything you need to know about The Great Food and Drink Festivals by visiting www.greatfoodanddrinkfestivals.co.uk

Local chefs to headline at Rufford Abbey Food Festival

Local chefs to headline at Rufford Abbey Food Festival

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Alain - Launay's 

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Craig & Lewis  -The Black Bull

 

 

The popular food festival is taking place over the May Bank Holiday 26-28th of May 2018.

This year’s festival will see the likes of TV chef James Martin headline the event on the Saturday in the main demonstration theatre, he will be joined by further big names soon to be announced, however, this year’s event will see some of the best of our local chefs in the region take to the big stage over the weekend to show off to the crowds their culinary skills.

Craig Hadden & Lewis Kuciers head the talented, young kitchen team at The Black Bull Blidworth.

Alain Launey’s Restaurant – Proprietor of a wonderful contemporary restaurant in the heart of Sherwood Forest. 

The two venues have won lots of praise and accolades locally as well as being selected to represent their region with a recipe in the ‘Great British Cook Book’ which went on sale in 2017.

The book which features 200 chefs from across the British Isles was published in Nottingham and has the likes of big industry names like; James Martin, Rachel Khoo, Simons Rimmer and even Nottinghams famous local butcher Johnny Pusztai who will also be demoing over the weekend in the BBQ area of the event. www.thegreatbritishcookbook.co.uk

Reserve your tickets now at www.greatfoodanddrinkfestivals.co.uk

 

Hadden and Kuciers

Craig Hadden & Lewis Kuciers head the talented, young kitchen team at The Black Bull Blidworth. Sited in the very centre of Nottinghamshire, The Black Bull has been serving food and drink since the seventeenth century but we are confident that the dining experience delivered by Lewis and Craig surpasses anything previous centuries have provided or aspired to. They seek out and use the highest quality, seasonal ingredients from local producers to develop dishes which combine flavours and textures that allow the quality of the produce and their skill to shine through. To ensure confidence in their supply chain Lewis & Craig work closely with free range and organic sole suppliers with in the small village as well as more recognised Nottinghamshire producers including award winning butcher Johnny Pusztai.

Both chefs trained for three years at Vision, West Nottinghamshire College and achieved Level 3 NVQ in Professional Cookery whilst gaining practical experience working part time at The Black Bull. Their academic studies complete, the pair went separate ways for a time, gaining Michelin star experience with a series of stages at acclaimed restaurants and gastro pubs across the country. In late summer of 2015 Hadden & Kuciers joined forces again at The Black Bull. Developing new creative forms of classic dishes, constantly adjusting the menu to get the very best from locally sourced produce and reflect the relentless development of their work. As The Black Bull heads into her 4th century of business, interest in the old coaching house has never been greater, due to imaginative finely prepared menus of Hadden & Kuciers.

 

Alain –   Launay’s Restaurant

Alain is celebrating his 30th year in catering, starting as an apprentice on the south coast of Brittany and shortly after, broadening his horizons moving to the UK, working in the south and the Channel Islands. Alain and Alison took the plunge back in 2004 investing everything into a little restaurant in the heart of Sherwood Forest and so began the long process of transforming the rather tired restaurant into the contemporary fine dining establishment they are very proud of today. Keeping the menu seasonal (some ingredients coming from the kitchen garden) and inventive, Alain is always looking for and working on new ideas in the way the food is served, bringing a serious element to the fun part of the dining experience.

Launay’s breakfast dessert represents exactly that!