Food Festival

Saturday 05 May to Monday 07 May 2018
10.30am - 5pm

What’s On

The very best of the south east’s produce – from heritage production methods to the modern day – will be showcased at our special spring event.

View the show programme online and plan your visit.

Enjoy free cookery demonstrations and short talks, shop from vendors selling local produce, watch demonstrations and crafts, learn about historic food and drink in our collection of rescued historic houses, plus much more. There will be lots of tasty samples to try before you buy!



Guest Chef

This year River Cottage’s Gill Meller will join us in our Cookery Theatre for  cooking demonstrations on the afternoons of Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 May 2018.

Gill Mellor - Chef - River Cottage

Gill is a chef, food writer, author, food stylist and cookery teacher. He lives near the small fishing town of Lyme Regis, in Dorset. His cooking is a reflection of his surroundings. He takes inspiration from the landscape, his locality, and the amazing farmers, growers and fisherman that produce the ingredients he uses. His food is humble and un-showy, yet inspiring, spell-bindingly beautiful, and truly delicious.

Gill has been 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.

He appears regularly on the popular Channel 4 series, cooking alongside Hugh, produces recipe videos for The River Cottage food tube channel and contributes to the acclaimed River Cottage cookbooks as well. Gill teaches at the River Cottage Cookery School.

Spaces for each Cookery Theatre demonstrations are limited and seating will be available on a first come, first served basis – see the show programme for details nearer the event date.

Food & Drink

Visit vendors around the Museum site, which feature tasty local produce and country crafts from in and around the South East. Buy lunch from our fantastic traders or visit the Museum’s waterside café.

Cookery Theatre

Come and watch cookery demonstrations in the Cookery Theatre, which is set inside our Downland Gridshell Building. See what’s cooking here!
Meet the chefs and get inspired by their wonderful recipes! Click here to see who is cooking!

Click here to view Jean de Rien’s (The Dining Room) Recipes from the Cookery Theatre demonstration.

Tasty Talks

Head to Court Barn for our fascinating programme of short talks and tastings! Find out what’s on here.

Food and Drink Through History

Watch demonstrations of traditional food preparation, cookery and brewing in a selection of our collection of rescued historic homes from South East England. Explore their six period gardens – see what was grown, and learn about the culinary and medicinal uses of the plants you can find there.

Information for visitors

The Museum’s annual Food Festival will take place from Saturday 5 through to Bank Holiday Monday 7 May 2018.

Download the show programme here and plan your visit.

Standard admission prices apply (free for Annual Members) and tickets are available to purchase in advance via our online shop. Please note that seats in the Cookery Theatre are strictly limited and will be available on a first come, first served basis.

Visitors with disabilities are advised to read our accessibility pages in advance of their visit. Accessible parking is available for those in need – simply ask our team upon arrival and they will direct you.

Dogs on short leads are welcome but are not permitted in three areas where food and drink are being prepared – this includes Winkhurst Tudor kitchen and Lurgashall watermill. Due to food preparation in the Downland Gridshell Building (where our Cookery Theatre demonstrations are taking place during this event) dogs are only permitted in the standing space at the rear.

There is ample free parking in our overflow car park fields. The Museum will open daily from 10.30am, closing at 5pm.

For further information, contact us on 01243 811363 or email [email protected].