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!

 

Chef James Martin to headline Great Food and Drink Festival Rufford Abbey 2018.

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The prestigious food event will be opening its doors at the beautiful Rufford Abbey in Nottinghamshire on the 26th – 28th of May 2018. The event will replace the very popular Nottingham Castle event which was held on the same bank holiday weekend in May. This follows the closing of the Castle due to the 26 Million pounds refurbishment which is taking place this year.

The new site 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 throughout the day.

This year’s event will also 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 under one roof, 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.

Bringing together 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 and pit masters who will be 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 event has over a hundred plus artisan exhibiters selling everything from home and giftware to local produce like fabulous breads and cheeses, charcuterie and a whole array of goodies.  There will be plenty of popup restaurants selling some incredible food to suit all palates.

 Finally, not forgetting the workshops for the children, they will be running each day on pizza making, burger making and none other than the very popular ‘Go Bake’ team, these demos will be available on all 3 days.  

Theatre Ticket and general advance admission tickets are on sale 1st of Feb 2018  

  

To find out everything you need to know about The Great Food and Drink Festivals by visiting www.greatfoodanddrinkfestivals.co.uk

CDA Sponsors Great Food and Drink Festivals - Rufford Abbey 2018.

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We are delighted to announce that CDA have signed up to Headline sponsor the Great Food and Drink Festivals at Rufford Abbey Country Park in Nottinghamshire 2018.

The prestigious food event will be replacing the Nottingham Castle event which is to be held on 26th - 28th   of May this year. This follows the closing of the Castle due to the 26 Million pounds refurbishment.

The new site 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.

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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?

CDA offer high quality kitchen appliances that are built with your lifestyle in mind. Based in Nottinghamshire, CDA have continued to speak directly with you, the consumer since 1991. They strive to bring practical and stylish appliances into your kitchen and your lives.

“The CDA Group are delighted to be part of the Great Food and Drink Festivals throughout 2018. To be able to provide the festivals and the first-class chefs they have attending the events the chance to use our CDA appliances was a real privilege for us.” 

“The shows are a fantastic way to bring families and people together through their love of great food and drink and we are proud to be a Headline sponsor at this year’s event.”   Steve Corbett, Marketing Manager of The CDA Group.

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

What Will you find at our Christmas Market? #3

We are getting closer and closer to our Christmas Market at Rufford Abbey! The event takes place on the 25th & 26th of November and it's free entry (standard car parking charges apply). 

We are sure you've loved some of the goodies that we've already shared with you, but there is a whole host more you can get your hands on...

Mister V Street Food

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The revamped Mister V stall featured some of the old classics but with updated to suit modern tastes as well as a range of new products. The Pork and Chorizo Burger, Lakeland Lamb were introduced with a selection of local Cheeses and Chutneys and freshly produced local breads.

Doughnotts

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Opened as The Nottingham Doughnut Company in 2015, Doughnotts started in Nottingham with just £10, a Wok and a Mothers kitchen, since starting they have opened multiple stores, stock wholesale, do events, have a bakery in Nottingham and sell over 10,000 doughnuts a week.

Pieroth Ltd.

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In 1953, Pieroth introduced the innovative practice of personal home wine-tastings. Their aim continues to be to share this passion with you and to show how wine can be enjoyed without being intimidating. They love what they do and are passionate about helping you find the perfect wines. This passion has helped them become the undisputed world leader in Home Wine Tastings.

Rubylou’s Treat Co.

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Sweet treats delivered directly to your door (or picked up from our event!). Choose from a one-off box of sweet treats to mark that special occasion, to say thank you or simply to treat yourself for being you!

The Chocolate Café

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Award winning Independent Chocolate Company whose chocolate bars are created by hand using fino de aroma cocoa from Colombia blended with the very best British ingredients. Flavours include, Milk Chocolate Eton Mess, White Chocolate Rocky Road, Dark Chocolate Orange & Chilli and many more!

What will you find at our Christmas Market? #2

At our Christmas Market at Rufford Abbey, which takes place on the 25th & 26th November, we have a multitude of great gift ideas, food and more! Look below to see even more great stalls that you’ll be able to find this year.

Which are you looking forward to visiting?

Ridiculously Rich by Alana

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Nottingham & Nottinghamshire Ambassador for Ridiculously Rich by Alana. Selling Luxury handmade cakes at festivals/markets/deli's & wholesale orders.

Rocket Dogs

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At Rocket Dogs we specialise in authentic American hot dogs, smoked frankfurters from award winning butchers served simply naked with onions or sauerkraut, or finished with a choice of gourmet toppings.

Hartland Pies

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Over the past 30 years the whole family has been totally involved in the making, baking and selling of great ‘British Pies’. And, having won many awards over the years, we do know how to make a great pie. Using only the very best of British ingredients plus a liberal amount of our home-grown TLC we make and bake pies that are perfect for so many occasions - to enjoy on a picnic, to savour with a pint, for a tasty tea, or munching whilst watching the match and blaming the referee!

Old Vodka

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Their mission is to make the finest quality vodka using their 200-year-old family recipe. We use the finest quality wheat grain spirit and Ardeley Spring Water. They bottle and produce Caucasian Old Vodka using professional mini-equipment from a small premises at Pesvebi Ltd, Church Farm, Ardeley in Hertfordshire.

Wiff Waff Designs

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Let your 4 legged friend enjoy Christmas too! Handmade Funky Dog Collars, Leads and Bandanas made from quality 100% cotton fabrics.  They only use Wienerlock side lease buckles as they feel these are superior to everything else on the market, Gütermann thread and welded D Rings. They want you to have only the best for your woofers.

What will you find at our Christmas Market? #1

We cannot wait for our Christmas Market at Rufford Abbey to get under way, so over the next couple of weeks we will be sharing with you exactly what you’ll be able to find when you come along!

Hidden Gem Pizza

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Serving wood-fired pizzas from their vintage horse box for parties, weddings and events. Look out for our pop ups and village nights too. Get your tasty pizza served up in a matter of minutes as its prepared and cooked right in front of you.

Openshaw’s Savoury Snacks

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Openshaw’s make a wide range of tasty treats, specialising in traditional pork snacks such as Scratchings, Crackling & Crunch. Using recipes and cooking methods passed down through the generations, they truly believe that their products are a cut above the rest.

You will find the Openshaw’s brand on sale throughout the UK from local Pubs and Farm Shops to major Supermarkets and Cash & Carry chains.

Inspiring Wines

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Their main reason for getting out of bed in the morning is simple, to share their love of the pressed grape and to offer you great wine at great prices. They are here to bring you gorgeous wine, innovative winemakers, top deals and to try to share with you their enthusiasm for all things grape related.

Pretty Swish

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Over the years, their collection of ladies accessories have grown and now include a wide selection of beautiful Italian leather handbags, scarves, wedding accessories, purses, travel accessories and seasonal products such as winter cloche hats and winter wraps.

Boozey Belle’s Vintage Cocktails

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Boozey Belle's bring you a colourful array of beautiful infused spirits. Vintage and retro cocktails that inspire sharing, fun and laughter! We are passionate about bringing a retro twist with a spice of excitement to life.