The Museum’s first show of the season is a spring food show, the Food & Folk Festival – an annual celebration of some of the South East’s finest produce, crafts and traditions, which has been running since 1989.
In addition to the local trade stands on 1 and 2 May, there will be a series of talks and cooking demonstrations in the Cookery Theatre, plus traditional folk music, storytelling, dancing and rural craft demonstrations.
Visitors to this year’s event can enjoy browsing and buying from over 70 local food, craft and trade stands. These feature dozens of fantastic food and drink producers from the region, including: confectionery, gin, beer and cider, ice cream, olive oil, jams and preserves, meat and fish, sausages and pies, condiments, cordials and more.
In the Cookery Theatre, the Master of Ceremonies for the weekend is Hilary Knight, of Hilary Knight Food and Drink Ltd. There is no need to book to watch the talks and demonstrations – all visitors to the show are welcome.
Demonstrations will include: delicious local food, cheese and butter making, seasonal produce, chocolate production, historic brewing and fish cookery.
Activities around the Museum
Storyteller and musician, Ben Fairlight, tells stories that actively involve his audience, whatever their ages. Visitors are encouraged to sing along with the songs, so that everyone is part of each story as it unfolds. Whether folk myths, legends born of one place, or dubious yarns, he welcomes gibes, questions and ideas to feed into the living tales.
The Pelican-in-her-Piety Living History Group will be letting visitors into the secrets of medieval life. Children can make May Day headdresses, have a go at milking ‘Daisy’, our replica cow, and take part in hands-on sessions in the Fun Food Academy’s Children’s Cookery School.
There will be seasonal cooking demonstrations in the Museum’s Winkhurst Tudor Kitchen. Other demonstrations include a tractor display and students from Chichester College (World Skills) will be showcasing contemporary furniture making, using some of the most up-to-date techniques.
Love folk music?
Why not combine a day at the show with an evening at our Folk Concert, 30 April? Save 25% on Folk Concert tickets when purchased with full price Food & Folk Festival tickets – discount is automatically applied in your basket at our online shop.
Information for visitors
The Food & Folk Festival will take place on Sunday 1 and Monday 2 May 2016 at the Weald & Downland Open Air Museum at Singleton, near Chichester.
Regular admission charges apply and include access to the Museum and festival. The Museum will open daily from 10.30am and closes at 5pm.
Visitors with disabilities are advised to contact the Museum about the best way to navigate the Museum site in advance of their visit:
Dogs on leads are welcome and there is ample free parking.