Food Festival, 5-7 May 2018

Lovers of food, drink and culinary culture are in for a treat at our Food Festival in May. This popular show celebrates the South East’s finest produce, plus historic food preparation and cookery based on our collection of rescued rural buildings.

Guest Chef: Gill Meller

Guest Chef at this year’s event is Gill Meller of River Cottage fame. Gill is a chef, food writer, author, food stylist and cookery teacher who has been a part of the River Cottage team for 11 years. Working closely with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Gill has been a major part of all of the activities and development at River Cottage, including sourcing the ethically-produced and sustainable food as well as defining the principles, ethic and style of the food. Gill teaches at the River Cottage Cookery School; his food is humble and un-showy, yet inspiring, spell-bindingly beautiful, and truly delicious. Gill will be holding one-hour cookery demonstrations in the Cookery Theatre.

In the Cookery Theatre

Watch free talks and demonstrations in the Cookery Theatre throughout the long weekend, with Master of Ceremonies Hilary Knight, of the Sussex Food Network. In addition to leading local chefs and producers, Gill Meller will be giving one-hour cookery demonstrations on Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 May 2018.

Historic Food Demonstrations

The Museum is home to more than 50 rescued historic buildings from South East England, including ten rural homes and a working Tudor kitchen. Visitors can enjoy seasonal historic food preparation, cooking and brewing – to find out about historic food and drink preparation in South East England.

Browse and buy

Visitors can enjoy browsing and buying from over 70 trade stalls with a culinary theme. These feature dozens of fantastic food and drink producers from the South East, including: confectionery, spirits, beer and cider, ice cream, jams, pickles and preserves, meat and fish, sausages and pies, condiments and more.

Free talks and demonstrations

There will be a series of free talks on historic food preparation and cookery taking place each day, led by the Museum’s team and course tutors. Topics will include brewing, dairying, baking, herbs for medicine and health, pickling and food preservation.

Information for visitors

The Food Festival will take place from Saturday 5 May to Monday 7 May, 10.30am until 5pm. Regular admission prices apply (free for Annual Members) and include entry to both the show and Museum. In addition to food vendors, the Museum’s waterside café will be open and there are outdoor picnic areas. Dogs on leads are welcome (the café is dog-friendly) and there is ample free parking in the overflow car park fields.

Visitors with disabilities are advised to read our accessibility web page in advance of their visit.

For further information call 01243 811363 or email [email protected].