North West Food Lovers Festival
Held in the historic and scenic grounds of Tatton Park, the North West Food Lovers Paradise features three days of fun and entertainment celebrating food and drink. Food enthusiasts from across the region converge in what is one of the region's largest indoor food festivals. First organised in 2009, the family-friendly event brings together local, regional and national food producers during the last weekend in October.
More than 100 food and drink exhibitors from across Cheshire and the UK gather during the North West Food Lovers Festival to showcase their dishes, drinks, ingredients and produce. Visitors are treated to every conceivable smell and taste, providing a rich experience for foodies of all stripes. Festivalgoers can sample foods and ingredients from around the world, as well as drink excellent wines and beers. There is also a selection of fresh juices and lemonades to clear palates between tastings.
The annual food festival's programme also includes live demonstrations with local and celebrity chefs. These popular demos are opportunities to learn from experts how to create the perfect dish with helpful advice and tips. Past celebrity chefs have included 'Sunday Brunch' start Simon Rimmer, actor and chef Sean Wilson, and Michelin starred chef Adam Simmonds. Local chefs also highlight some of the best local recipes and culinary tricks. Kids Cooking Workshops for younger festivalgoers are provided by the Academy of Culinary Arts. Admission to the festival for children under 12 is free, and workshops are also provided free of charge. These fun and entertaining classes help promote healthy eating with the aim of getting children excited about food and cooking. Budding chefs can attend one of three workshops organised each day for up to 40 children at a time. The Taste Cheshire Interactive Education Area also showcases local producers and produce, giving adults and children exposure to the rich array of food and drink produced in the county.
Organised in a massive marquee, the North West Food Lovers Festival is staged at Tatton Park north of the town of Knutsford in Cheshire. A National Trust property, Tatton Park features a historic estate with a neo-classical mansion and 50 acres of landscaped gardens. It also boasts a 1000-acre deer park and a rare breed farm. The festival's marquee houses all of the event's vendors and is about the size of Old Trafford, ensuring that visitors can enjoy all of the food and drink on offer regardless of the weather conditions. On-site parking is available during the festival.
The North West Food Lover Festival is powered by Taste Cheshire. The independent online guide provides a one-stop online resource for food and drink in Chester and Cheshire, including information on local establishments - from cafes and restaurants to delis and farm shops. Taste Cheshire also organises various events, festivals and markets across the county. Taste Cheshire promotes food and drink in the region while giving visitors and residents information on genuine local and regional culinary experiences. Other festival sponsors include ReFood, We Love Cheshire, Silk 106.9 and Sugarvine.com.