The award-winning Althorp Food and Drink Festival returns with an even more enticing offering. This year it runs alongside a new exhibition at Althorp House, the Animals of Althorp, which showcases hand-picked works and artefacts portraying the Spencer family’s healthy obsession with four-legged friends of all sorts.
On show in the Stables Courtyard, fittingly once home to the Spencer Family horses, visitors to the exhibition will also extend throughout Althorp House. A guided map will highlight key pieces in the State Rooms, including a pastel likeness of Diana, Princess of Wales’ beloved cat Marmalade in the Library. An added attraction for jewellery enthusiasts, the exhibition also features an exquisite jewelled spaniel, probably dating to the time of the 3rd Earl Spencer (c.1840).The exhibition is open all summer, and if you can’t make your visit coincide with the food festival, remember to pack a picnic – they’re are more than welcome in the dedicated woodland outdoor dining area.
The food festival itself boasts 100 diverse food and drink stands, as well as the chance to watch world-renowned chefs including Jean-Christophe Novelli and Ken Hom OBE cooking up a storm during their live demonstrations. New for 2019, guests can now also gain a unique opportunity to learn from the headlining chefs with 90-minute cooking masterclasses.
Alongside the numerous shopping and tasting opportunities, visitors can enjoy an array of entertaining performances and activities, all set against the backdrop of Althorp’s stunning grounds. The festival’s new, outdoor live music stage will feature some of Northamptonshire’s top musical talents, while falconry displays, cocktail-making classes, book signings, plus a 40ft-tent brimming with children’s activities, will provide enough entertainment to last the whole weekend… This year there’s a ticket for that!
The festival falls on 11-12 May but the exhibition will run between 1 July to 31 August.
At the Althorp estate, home o the Spencer family from
Book tickets online, here.