News: Yotam Ottolenghi, Kate Humble, Chetna Makan and Samin Nosrat lead the line-up for the River Cottage Food Fair, 25-26 May 2019


Some of the country’s leading chefs, cooks, food pioneers and cookery writers are joining Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall for a weekend of fun on the farm and food for thought at the River Cottage Food Fair on the late May bank holiday weekend.


A food lover’s dream weekend, the Food Fair is taking place at the idyllic River Cottage HQ, a 100-acre organic farm in Axminster, on the Dorset and Devon border. This hugely popular annual event is a treat for all the family to learn new culinary skills, meet the animals and be immersed in a weekend of cooking, growing, relaxing and (most importantly) eating. Held on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 May, the Food Fair is a must-visit for food-lovers and gardeners, to enjoy the sights, sounds and tastes of spring, surrounded by the rolling Devonshire hills, just a few miles from the Jurassic coast.

Hugh has curated a line-up of food talent and speakers to provide thought-provoking and possibly controversial, debate and discussions including special guests Yotam Ottolenghi, Kate Humble, Chetna Makan, Billy & Jack, Samin Nosrat, Calum Franklin, Thom Hunt, Georgina Hayden, Nick Weston and Niki Segnit plus more names to be announced soon.

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The Fair is packed full of activities from chef demos on the main stage and cooking over fire, artisan food stalls, craft workshops, talks and live music to garden and wild food tours. The talented core River Cottage team, Gill Meller, Steven Lamb, John Wright, Naomi Devlin and Rachel De Thample will be will be on hand across the site to share culinary tips and gardening wisdom, throughout the weekend.

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Children under the age of 16 go free and will be kept entertained with a huge choice of activities including a gnocchi making masterclass, giant bubbles, games, craft workshops, meet the animals’ area, face painting, skittles and hula hooping – to name but a few.


Those keen to learn something new can book onto one of the popular masterclasses. Starting at £20 you can make Bread & Butter from scratch in an hour, a tasty Devon Ramen Bowl, supercharge your digestion with a Happy Gut Masterclass, go back to basics with Outdoor Cookery, participate in a Somerset Cider Brandy tasting or one of John Wright’s notorious Wild Cocktails Masterclasses.

River Cottage Food Fair

Saturday 25 May – Sunday 26 May 2019

10am-6pm, Tickets £15, under 16’s go FREE


River Cottage HQ, Trinity Hill Road, Axminster, Devon, EX13 8TB

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