'Only Fools and Crafty Foodies' at Whitbourne Hall
19 August 2012
What do Ludlow Castle and Whitbourne Hall have in common? A beautiful setting for a food festival! Sublime Whitbourne Hall hosts the second Four Shires Festival on August 19th, a celebration of the best in food, arts and crafts from the talented environs of Hereford-Shire, Worcester-Shire, Shrop-Shire and Gloucester-Shire!
The festival promises to be bigger and better than ever. John Challis, star of ‘Only Fools and Horses’ leads the programme, signing copies of his book, ‘Being Boycie’. Award-winning Worcestershire vineyard, Rosebank, offers 2 wine-tastings in Whitbourne Hall’s historic library. Numbers are strictly limited, so early booking is advised. The ‘Introduction to English Wine’ includes tastings of Rosebank’s complete range and is a bargain at £5. This year’s festival has so much going on for all ages-live music, cookery demonstrations by Carolyn Chesshire from Mortimer Country Food Festival, Martin Yartin of 'Taste for Bologna', Rayeesa Ashgar-Sandys of Rayeesa's Indian Kitchen and Pam Davenport of Chilli Pepper Plantation. Come and try your hand at archery, watch a wood-sculptor in action, or perhaps a Newfoundland dog rescue, or just have a bounce on the bouncy castle!
Then there are the exhibitors-so much to sample for the foodies-3 cider makers, our own Celtic Marches, and Foxgloves Liqueurs, chocolates from Tedstone Delamare, smoked salmon from Ludlow Smokehouse, an edible display by Cottage Herbery and many, many more.
Craft and arts lovers can admire a whole host of offerings: silkstraw glassware, stained glass suncatchers and panels, textile art, acrylics, watercolours, bespoke jewellery, to name but a few of the many talented exhibitors displaying at the festival.
Choose your lunch from Cotswold Crepes, Emma’s Pigs, a clay-oven pizza, local lamb from Whyle House Lamb, or Spice Fever whilst basking in the sun, with views of Whitbourne’s Italian garden and fountain.
Entry is only £2 per person, and parking is free. Whitbourne Hall, Four Shires Festival: the only place to be on August 19th!
Further details http://www.whitbournehall.com/