Selasi Gbormittah and Matt Tebbutt lead Great Food and Drink Festival Line-Up at Hardwick Hall.

Former GBBO contestant, Selasi Gbormittah, will be leading the way at the Hardwick Hall Great Food and Drink Festival as he takes to the main stage on Saturday 30th September.

One of the most relaxed bakers ever to hit our screens, Selasi made a big impression on the hit show back in 2016. You can see the man himself performing three cooking demos on the main stage.

Saturday morning TV chef Matt Tebbutt will be joined by TV judge and pastry master Cherish Finden on Sunday 1st October. Matt will be taking part in three cooking demos on the Sunday with Cherish taking part in two.

The event will be visiting Hardwick Hall for the first time after success at Nottingham Castle and Newstead Abbey over the previous 3 years, where the likes of Tom Kerridge, Nadiya Hussain and Rustie Lee attended the events.

A whole host of great food and drink stands will line the grounds, allowing your senses to run wild as you walk around the venue taking in all the delightful aromas from cuisines from all around the world.

There will be a great variety of bars on offer at the event from a bus bar, providing a range of drinks, a prosecco bar & a gin bar too.

Along with this, it is a wonderful day out for all the family as children can get involved with baking classes, Punch and Judy Shows and more.

To book your tickets or to find out more about the chefs and event, please visit

What Food & Drink will you find at Lincoln Castle's Great Food and Drink Festival

There will be a whole host of fantastic food and drink as you walk around the grounds of the beautiful Lincoln Castle. We are delighted to be offering you such a tremendous amount!

Have a read through the below and let us know what you are looking forward to seeing, trying and buying!

Hot Food Stalls


The Snobby Butcher – Burgers, Sausages, Bacon & Hog Roast

I Love Ostrich – Ostrich Burgers

Chucky Chips – Chips with toppings

Picoteo Tapas – 4 types of Paella

C and B Catering – Rumpsteak, Cajun Chicken & Mexican Beef

Food4Festival – Giant Pigs in Blankets

The Peel: Wood Fired Kitchen – Woodfired Pizza

Yorkshire Wagyu Company – Gourmet Burgers, Potato Wedges & Steak Sandwiches

Yamas – Greek Gyros Kebab w/ vegetarian options

Mister V – Handmade Beef, Pork, Lamb Burgers

Senor Churro – Spanish Churros

Your Healthy Options – Freshly Baked Baguettes, Bagels, Panini’s with a variety of fillings

Smiffy’s Smoke Shack – Authentic American BBQ Smoked Meats

Man Made Foods – Handmade, rare breed Sausage Rolls

Crazy Wendy – Variety of Thai food inc. Green Thai Curry and Red Thai Curry

Gourmet Griddle – Freshly Made Wraps, Crispy Aromatic Duck, Smokey Jerk Chicken

Cold Food and Drinks


Pork Farms – Pork Pies

Hello Fresh – Veg Boxes

Split Screen Coffee – Hot Chocolate, Luxury homemade cakes, tea & coffee

Simply Cakes – Slices of cakes, traybakes and cupcakes

Nila Food – Curry Sauces, Mango Chutney, Naan Breads

Steam and Bean Bar – Freshly ground coffees, teas & hot chocolates

Pieroth Ltd – Gift Cards for Home Wine Tasting

Riverford Organic – Award winning organic vegetable boxes

The Great British Cheese Co. – Award winning Truckle Cheeses and Chutneys

Mr Vikkis – Mr Vikkis Indian Fusion, Pickles & Chutneys

Fudged Up – A range of original Homemade Fudge

Mr & Mrs Olive UK – Olives, Nuts, Baklava, Turkish Delights & Dried Fruits

Irvin Confectionary – Fudges

Gourmet Meat Company – Chilled Meat and Game

Lymn Bank Cheese – Selection of flavoured and smoked cheeses

Brockleby Pies – Multi award winning savoury, fruit, game and Melton Mowbray Pork Pies

The Extraordinary John Starkey – Apple Juice Poaches

Harrison Griffiths Cakes – Caribbean Fruit Cakes, Jamaican Rum Cakes & Ginger Cakes

Cathy’s Chocolate and Cakes – Handmade Belgium Chocolates

Chillibobs – Chilli Sauces and Condiment Plants

DoughNotts – Hand Made Doughnuts

Cheshire Cheese – Waxed Cheese Truckles

The Giggly Pig – Handmade award-winning Pork Sausages, Dry Cured Bacon & Pork Burgers

Did Someone Say Cake – Luxury homemade tray bakes

Khayri Olives – Olives, nuts, Turkish Delights, Peppers

Greedy Pig Catering – Platters of Italian Charcuterie, Cheese & Salads

Gelato Cool – Authentic Italian Gelato and Sorbet

The Rolling Scone – Specialise in Macaroons and also have Meringues, Biscuits and Sweets

Mr Hugh’s – Mr Hugh’s Cold Pressed Rapeseed Oils

Woodhouse Farm Meats – Artisan Pork and Beef Sausages, Black Pudding, Faggots & More

Lime Tree Pantry Foods – Award winning savoury and sweet Pies and Pastries

Sawley Kitchen – Shortbread Biscuits and Giant Eton Mess

The Punch Brew – Yorkshire Herbal Punch (none alcoholic herbal drink)

Prir – A Premium Vitamin Drink targeting wellbeing and healthier skin, hair & nails

Jorges Artisan – Olive Oils and Balsamic, Hand Painted Ceramics

Ridiculously Rich by Alana – Selection of different cakes

The Coffee Cube – Coffee

Granny Mary – Traditional Potted Meats

The Naked Marshmallow – Handmade Gourmet Marshmallows

Alcohol for Home Consumption


City Spirits (Edinburgh Gin) – Bottled Gin’s

Rose Cottage Drinks – Gin Liqueurs

Global Brands – Hoopers alcoholic fruit brew in a variety of flavours

Marron Wide, Cider & Liqueurs – Chocolate Wine, Cider, Liqueurs and spirit drinks

Pesvebi – Premium Flavoured Vodka

English Spirit Distillery – Premium Spirits and Liqueurs including Vodka, Gin, Rum, Single Malt

Nip from the Hip – Alcoholic Fruit Liqueurs

Supersize Sweets – I Love Vodka and Riverside Gin Liqueurs

Perfect Tipple – Sparkling Gold Bubbly with 23 Carrot Gold Aviva Metal Effect

Kilo Wines – Wine sold by the bottle / case

Fred and Henry Enterprises – Rubis Chocolate Wine

Deco Spirits Ltd - Gin by the Bottle

The Lincolnshire Brewing Company – Bottles of brewed Bitters, Lager, Pale Ales



Bus Bar Company – Double Decker Bus Bar!

Greene King – Real Ale Bar

45 Events and Gin School – Gin Bar

Tipsy Trailer – Prosecco and Pimms

Celebrity Chef Profile – Matt Tebbutt

Name: Matthew Charles Tebbutt

D.O.B: 24/12/1973

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Bio: Born in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire before moving to South Wales at just six-months of age, Matt went on to study at Rougemont School in Newport. His university education lead him to Oxford Brookes University where he studied Geography and Anthropology.

Matt went on to gain a diploma from the Leiths School of Food and Drink in London, before working in some of London’s most prestigious restaurants.

He owned and then ran the Foxhunter Restaurant back South Wales, Nant-y-Derry, for 15 years before leasing the pub out to concentrate on his TV career.

Matt Tebbutt has often presented Saturday Kitchen while regular host, James Martin, was away. Since James Martin has left the show, Matt has become an ever more regular presenter. He is also known for presenting Food Unwrapped on Channel 4 alongside Kate Quilton and Jimmy Doherty.

In December 2016, he co-presented Christmas Kitchen which was aired on BBC One alongside Andi Oliver.  

Other TV Appearances: Market Kitchen, Market Kitchen: Big Adventure, Great British Menu, GreatBritish Food Revival, Drop Down Menu, Save Money: Good Food.

Where can you see him? You can join Matt Tebbutt in our Kitchen Theatre on Sunday October 1st  as he comes along to the Great Food and Drink Festival at Hardwick Hall. He will be performing three cooking demonstrations, so don’t miss out!

Celebrity Chef Profile – Michael Caines

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Name: Michael Caines

D.O.B: 03/01/1969

Bio: Michael Caines is an English chef, who has previously been awarded two Michelin Stars whilst at Gidleigh Park, at the time the youngest chef to achieve this accolade, as well as winning Chef of the Year at The Catey Awards in 2001.

In 2004, Caines went into partnership with Andrew Brownsword and together they founded ABode, a fast-growing group of boutique hotels, which all include Michael Caines dining establishments.

In 2006, Michael Caines went on to receive the fantastic accolade that is a MBE for Services to the Hospitality Industry. Soon after in 2007, he also achieved the “AA Chefs’ Chef of the Year 07-08” award, which demonstrates just how highly he is held in the industry as this is voted for by his peers.

Gidleigh Park, whilst Caines was Executive Head Chef, was recently voted Number One in the Sunday Times and Hardens Top 100 Restaurants, where the venue achieved the top spot for Best Place to Stay and Best Wine List. The Bath Priory, whose Head Chef, Sam Moody, has developed his own style under Michael’s Guidance came in the top 3 in the South West and took 39th place overall.

Other TV Appearances: Saturday Kitchen, The Happy Foodie

Where can you see him? If your taste buds are now tingling, fear not, as you can come along to our Lincoln Castle Great Food and Drink Festival where Michael Caines will be taking part in three cooking demonstrations on Sunday 17th September!



Name: John Douglas Torode

D.O.B: 23/07/1965

Bio: John Torode moved to the UK in the 1990’s, where he began working at Conran Group’s restaurants. He is currently best known for presenting MasterChef and related spin-off shows.

He began his career after he left school to attend catering college, aged 16. After his move to the United Kingdom in 1991, Torode started working at Le Pont de la Tour and Qualino’s as a sous chef, working under Terence Conran. Upon his first meeting with Conran, Torode asked his fellow chefs who the nutter was, as Conran arrived in the kitchen wearing a coffee stained shirt, whilst asking for Figs to be put on the menu as he held a bag in his hands.

From 1996 until 2000, Torode became a regular feature on ITV’s This Morning but decided to end his run on the show as he didn’t want to be “the celebrity chef”.

Along with his TV appearances, Torode has also released a series of cookbooks, one of which, The Mezzo Cookbook, won the James Beard Foundation Award for ‘Best Food Photography’.

Other TV Appearances: This Morning, MasterChef, Celebrity MasterChef, Junior MasterChef, New British Kitchen, The Magicians, John Torode’s Australia, John Torode’s Argentina.

Where can you see him? John Torode will be at the upcoming Great Food and Drink Festival at Lincoln Castle. This is the first time this event has taken place at this specific venue, so we cannot wait to see what treats he cooks up in our Kitchen Theatre.

The Great Food and Drink Festival at Lincoln Castle will take place on September 16th-17th with Torode appearing on the Saturday of the two-day event.

Pork Farms show support for Newstead Abbey Great Food and Drink Festival

Pork Farms, the UK’s favourite pork pie brand has signed up as a headline sponsor for the Great Food and Drink Festival at Newstead Abbey.

The festival is one of the highlights of the summer calendar in Nottingham and, as one the region’s key local businesses, Pork Farms wanted to support the event.

Michael Holton, brand marketing manager of Pork Farms said: “This year we’ve been involved in food festivals up and down the country, showing off some of our latest product ranges, but we wanted to go that extra mile for our own local festival at Newstead Abbey.  It’s a great event, a real highlight for food lovers locally, so we’ve signed up as sponsor and are working to support the event in every way we can.”

Newstead Abbey Great Food and Drink Festival runs from the 26th-28th August and includes food and drink stalls, entertainment and demonstrations from celebrity chefs including Candice Brown current GBBO champion, Rosemary Shrager, Danielle Gotheridge and Gizzi Erskine

Admission tickets include entrance to the show, formal gardens, house entry and car parking.