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Delapré Abbey hosts its first food festival this weekend

The wait is nearly over! This weekend, on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th June, Delapré Abbey will host the very first Delapré Food Festival, a brand-new gastronomic extravaganza from the creators of Towcester Food Festival and Bite Street NN.

Set within the stunning grounds of the historic Abbey, the festival is designed to be the perfect summer celebration of artisan food and drink. Crispin Slee, the event organiser, sharing his enthusiasm, said: “We can’t wait. The festival is going to be fantastic. Delapré is the perfect spot for the event. We’re going to bring the grounds to life for a grand summer weekend celebrating artisan food and drink.”

Delapré Food Festival promises to feature all the elements that made the Towcester Food Festival so popular. Attendees can expect:
• More than 80 Food and Drink Stalls: Explore a bustling marketplace filled with a variety of food and drink vendors from across the county.

• Chef Demonstrations: Enjoy free hourly demos from top local chefs, including Delapré Abbey’s own Bart Polinski, James Peck and Hannah Dunne from Ember in Wellingborough, and Northampton’s Queen of Italian cuisine, Carmela Sereno Hayes.

• Tasting Sessions and Masterclasses: Participate in gin tasting sessions with Warner’s Gin, wine tastings with Josh Moinet of VineBud, cheese masterclasses with expert Shane Holland, and cocktail masterclasses with mixologists from Number 13.

The outdoor street food market, curated by Bite Street NN, will feature some of the best street food traders from the region including Smoke Pit, Bad Boy Wings, and The Pork Shack.

Local food hero Gary Bradshaw of Hamm Tun Fine Foods, makers of Cobblers Nibble Cheese, emphasised the importance of such an event for local businesses, saying, “I’ve got a fresh batch of cheese just ready for the weekend. Having a big show like this on our doorstep is vital for businesses like mine.”

The festival is styled as a “fab day out for foodies and families alike” and will also include:
• Kids Cookery Classes: Led by Rachel Wilson of Cookery Doodle Doo in Towcester, these classes offer fun, hands-on cooking experiences for children.

• Free Children’s Activities: Various activities in the Walled Garden to keep the little ones entertained.

• Afternoon Tea: Book a traditional afternoon tea in The Orangery at Delapré Abbey.

• House Tours: Guided tours of the historic Delapré Abbey will take place twice daily, or visitors can explore at their own pace.

Richard Clinton, Chief Executive, Delapré Abbey Preservation Trust, said: “We’re delighted to be hosting the very first Delapré Food Festival. We want it to become an annual highlight in the county’s culinary calendar, showcasing our incredible food and drink scene. This is a joint venture with the organisers and the money raised from the event will help to pay for the upkeep of one of Northampton’s greatest historical assets.

Delapré Food Festival forms part of Northamptonshire Food and Drink Week, a week-long celebration from Sat 1st to Sun 9th June, showcasing the best of our county’s culinary offerings.

The Delapré Food Festival opens at 10am each day. Parking within the grounds is free. Tickets are on sale now, priced from £16.13 until 10pm on Friday 7th June. Full priced tickets are £20 excluding booking fees. Admission includes entry to the historic house. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.delaprefoodfestival.co.uk.

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