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Leeds Castle Food Festival brings 50 stallholders and celebrity chefs to Kent this weekend

By Angela Cole

Hedgerow gins, gourmet burgers and learning how to combat stress through nutritious food are just some of the highlights of a food festival at Leeds Castle this weekend.

The three-day feast returns for the third year running, bringing 50 stallholders offering an enticing selection of food and drink.

Settle on a straw bale and discover new techniques and buff up your cooking knowledge.

Leeds Castle food festival

Leeds Castle food festival

Celebrity chef Reza Mahammad will delight the crowd with his Indian fusion recipes, while the Food Teacher, Katharine Tate, will show how to create food to tackle stress from the inside out.

Sample some gourmet burgers from Rad Burger Co or tuck into some sweet and savoury crepes from Hits the Spot.

Anna’s Cookery School will be serving up the perfect risotto and fresh tagliatelle and the Kent Cookery School, Food at One and Hush Heath Wine Estates will complete the schedule in the demonstration theatre.

Tuck into some mouthwatering local treats at Leeds Castle this weekend

Tuck into some mouthwatering local treats at Leeds Castle this weekend

Wild Spirits of Kent will be bringing gins and vodkas made from handpicked fruits and flowers, and from further afield Snowdonia Cheese will be offering speciality cheeses.

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Relax with a Mojito’s Mavericks cocktail (there are non-alcoholic versions for the kids) or choose an artisan beer, cider from the Kent Cider Company, or a glass of Pimm’s.

Besides the food, there will be plenty of fun activities on offer for children such as garden games, a dedicated storyteller and face-painting, as well as the adventure playgrounds, maze and grotto, while parents can listen to live music courtesy of Silk Street Jazz.

There's plenty to tempt all tastes at Leeds Castle

There's plenty to tempt all tastes at Leeds Castle

DETAILS

The Leeds Castle Food Festival runs from Friday, September 9, to Sunday, September 11, between 10am and 5pm each day. Festival entry is included in the standard admission price to the castle and grounds. For tickets and further details visit leeds-castle.com 

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