Visitors meet celebrity chefs at food festival fit for a Queen


Visitors are streaming through the palace gates for a Royally entertaining food festival at Blenheim.

The festival is perfect for foodies, family and friends and this year’s headliner is Raymond Blanc OBE, chef patron of Le Manoir Aux Quat’ Saisons in Great Milton.

The festival kitchen is also hosting a masterclass on how to make pasta with Italian legend – and the man who taught Jamie Oliver to cook – Gennaro Contaldo.

And there’s a demonstration on how to get baking from 2018 Great British Bake Off contestant Karen Wright who describes herself as “a self taught baker, a stalker of French Patisserie window”.

Visitors can also learn to concoct a delicious cocktail with food and drink writer and author of ‘Home Bar’ Andy Clarke, and create a healthy treat (or two) with Eva Humphries from Wholefood Warrior, a nutritional therapist and champion of sustainable food.

To celebrate all things uniquely British this Royal bank holiday, the Jubilee Garden offered traditional cream teas or an expertly poured pint.

However, guests also sipped elaborate coffee creations including espresso Martinis while being serenaded by vintage vocal trio, The Lollipops, and rousing brass quartet Acoustic Jass. 

Meanwhile the Jubilee picnic area offered families the chance to get their own party started with plenty of rows of tables decorated with bountiful bunting where they could sample street food or open their own hamper.

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Stallholders from across the county and beyond showcased delicious artisan treats and homemade delights in the tasting tent where there was also the chance to try craft beers, cocktails and mocktails.

Alongside the food festival, other exciting activities for the family included Twistina the amazing balloon modelling lady and gastronaut Stefan Gates’ Mindblowing Food & Science Show.

Village green-style attraction Giffords Circus is resident in the palace parklands until June 6.

Guests to the Palace were also able to follow a Jubilee Trail and see the dress worn by Lady Rosemary Spencer-Churchill who was one of the Queen’s Maids of Honour at her 1953 Coronation.

In homage to Her Majesty, Searcys in The Orangery Restaurant also served up a quintessentially British afternoon tea with bespoke strawberry and Champagne sorbet, freshly baked scones and cakes and sandwiches.

Entry to the Food Festival, which runs until Sunday June 5, is included with Palace, Park and Gardens tickets. 

Giffords Circus is a separate ticketed event with prices from £20 for adults and £10 for children.