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.


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 and you can find out everything you need to know about The Great Food and Drink Festivals by visiting

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.



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.


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


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


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


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


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.

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