Children's Food Festival a Hearty Success

Glorious sunshine, a stunning location and the promise of a monster variety of gastronomic treats, brought over 14,000 people flocking to the Children’s Food Festival in June.

Held at the Northmoor Trust estate and farm in Oxfordshire, the festival was a resounding success, while parents were delighted to see their young ones eager to try out new foods and recipes.

Possibly the most popular attraction was the Chocolate Tent. Here, leading chocolatiers dazzled audiences with their artistry, while the Roald Dahl Museum team used Willy Wonka recipes.

More than 20 top chefs and cookery writers – including Patrons Raymond Blanc and Sophie Grigson – gave talks and hands-on demonstrations. Among other delights on offer was the Vegetable Orchestra, the bicycle-powered smoothie maker, an Eat a Rainbow Every Day drama and a chance for children to be filmed by the BBC as pretend celebrity chefs.

Pigs were present in several guises, from a giant inflatable pink pig, where you could watch a farmyard drama, real Gloucester Old Spots and a Piggy Bank, which grunted in gratitude when visitors made donations. Britain’s youngest pig farmer, 15-year-old Emma Cianchi, was also on hand to talk about her passion for the animals.

“We’ve been overwhelmed with positive feedback from happy parents,” said the Festival’s Director Eka Morgan. “We hoped whichever way you looked in the Festival fields, there would be something compelling to do – and that really was how it turned out.”

Fred, who is aged 15, from London, described the Food Festival as: “Idyllic! Everyone walking around, having fun and enjoying the greatest thing ever – food! So many different, fun tents with all these crazy things going down!”

Contact: Northmoor Trust, Hill Farm,
Little Wittenham, Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 4QZ
Tel: +44 (0)1865 407792

Kids of all ages get stuck in
Photos: courtesy of Kate Raworth