The BBC Good Food Festival, sponsored by Lexus, at Hampton Court Palace closed on Bank Holiday Monday after a hugely successful three days over the August Bank Holiday weekend. The Show attracted an incredible 25,000 visitors who were entertained by top chefs and experts.
Within the stunning gardens, Hampton Court Palace provided the perfect backdrop for the Show, where 106 exhibitors including 44 Speciality Producers sold local, regional and artisan produce. The Festival was hosted in partnership with independent charity Historic Royal Palaces and Stoves were the Official Kitchen Appliance Supplier and Zwilling were the Official Knife Supplier at the Show.
The BBC Good Food Festival was the perfect summer treat, offering opportunities to sample great food and drink whilst visiting the historic Palace and its glorious gardens. Comprising of over 100 hand-picked artisan producers and companies, with everything from oysters to sausages, and brownies to crepes, the Festival was a delight to even the most committed foodie. Exhibitors included Jumi Cheese Swiss Cheese based in Borough Market, Alfie Coffee Co Roasters offering fresh coffee to go and beans to take home, P S Lambis selling exceptional Extra Virgin Olive Oil and much, much more.
A host of famous faces including Paul Hollywood, Michel Roux Jr and John Torode cooked live on stage in the Summer Kitchen Theatre, sponsored by AO.com. Meanwhile, over at the Interview Stage, sponsored by Lakeland, food lovers discovered the secrets of their favourite chefs’ success as they shared top tips and tales from their life in the kitchen, before taking questions from the audience. Plus, Yo! Sushi hosted tailored masterclasses where visitors picked up new skills and top tips to become a sushi expert.
River Street Events Managing Director Laura Biggs, says, “The weather gave us the perfect weekend for the third BBC Good Food Festival at Hampton Court Palace. The show was a huge success for all involved and its triumph is a testament to an excellent collaboration between the Historic Royal Palaces team and River Street Events, we are looking forward to further development for this festival in 2017 and the second year of our BBC Good Food Festive Fayre taking place on the 9-11th of December.”
Across the weekend, a fantastic live music programme provided the perfect summer soundtrack, with the sassy trio of singers The Polka Dots, jive group Cody and the Retro Boys and jazz band Doolally Tap all playing from the bandstand. With Hampton Court Palace deckchairs dotted around the garden, it was the perfect place to soak up the Festival atmosphere.
Young families and children were kept entertained with live circus show performances, circus skills workshops, face painting and the new Gnome Zone – an opportunity for families to uncover some of the hidden stories of the palace’s celebrated gardens.
Liz Young, Head of Events, Historic Royal Palaces, commented, “We had a fantastic bank holiday weekend with the BBC Good Food Festival and were thrilled to welcome 25,000 visitors to the palace and the Show. Set amid Hampton Court’s stunning formal gardens, the festival offered a wonderfully vibrant event for all the family to enjoy, with the palace itself providing a suitably magnificent backdrop .”
After the success of this years’ Show, the BBC Good Food Show are looking forward to returning to Hampton Court Palace for the BBC Good Food Festive Fayre. Visitors will be able to stock up for Christmas from exhibitors including Paxton Chocolate, Saxby’s Cider and festive themed Brockleby’s Pies. Plus there’ll be plenty of hints and tips on how to impress friends and family over the holiday season from some of the country’s top experts.
BBC Good Food Festive Fayre will take place 9 – 11 December at Hampton Court Palace, visit www.bbcgoodfoodfestivefayre.com for more information.