Children’s Food Festival at Northmoor Trust Farm, Oxford (27 & 28 June, 10am to 6pm)


This year’s Festival celebrates the colourful world of food. It will be at a new site on the Northmoor Trust’s estate and farm in beautiful countryside.

Fronted by celebrity chefs Raymond Blanc and Sophie Grigson, the Children’s Food Festival brings alive the art of cooking. Other guests include Annabel Karmel, the best-selling author on baby and children’s food and nutrition; Teenage Chef, Sam Stern and Jane Fearnley-Whittingstall, author of the Good Granny Cookbook.

For those of you who came last year, we invite you back to enjoy popular favourites and new activities to inspire children of all ages to explore food and cook new dishes.

Highlights include: hands-on cooking – from baking bread to sushi rolling, open fire cookery, bicycle-powered smoothie-making, the observation beehive and the Smell Tent run by the Academy of Culinary Arts.

New for 2009 are the Baby and Early Years Area and The Chocolate Tent, with chocolate tastings, demos by the UK’s top chocolatiers and Willy Wonka recipe making with the Roald Dahl Museum team

Whats on?

In the Cooking Circle

  • The Celebrity Chef Cookery Theatre: chefs demonstrate meals designed to inspire children and families to cook and they invite children to help out.
  • The Kids’ Kitchen: children prepare all kinds of food, including pastries, spring rolls, pizza and sushi.
  • The Smell Tent: Chefs Adopt A School from the Academy of Culinary Arts will once again be bringing their brilliant taste workshop to the Festival – guiding children through the four tastes and the five senses. You can also test your noses with the herb table and try out the blindfold vegetable identification game.
  • The Early Years Area: nutrition for babies and toddlers.Hands-on cooking for under 5s with Pattacakes Cookery School.
  • The Northmoor Trust Area: making the links between food and farming. Watch the sheep dog demo and meet the Hereford Bull.
  • The Field to Fork Area, with sausage making, sustainable seafood cookery, bicycle-powered smoothie making, vegetarian barbecues, bread making and honey tasting.
  • The Food Miles Display, with ways to reduce our carbon footprint.
  • The Grow Your Own Area, with seeds and saplings to plant and take home.
  • The Waste Not, Want Not Area, including compost demonstrations and ways to reduce waste.
  • The Farm, including Gloucestershire Old Spot pigs, cattle, sheep and baby water buffalo.

£10 per car on the gate.
£3 per adult on foot, bicycle or via shuttle bus from Didcot Parkway railway station.

All activities are free.

The Northmoor Trust Farm (10 miles south of Oxford)

From South and Oxford
Take the A34 towards Didcot
Take A4130 exit for Didcot/Milton Park
Follow A4130
Go past Hadden Hill Golf Course, turn left at cross roads, heading north onto ‘Unclassified’/White Lees Road’.
At junction turn left then the car park is on your right.
Follow signage into the car park & festival site.

From Reading/Wallingford
Following A4074 to A4130
Take A4130 to Brightwell-cum-Sotwell
Past Brightwell-Cum-Sotwell turn right onto unclassified road past Belgrave Farm
At junction keep right, the festival car park is on the right.
Follow signage into the car park & festival site.

Shuttle Bus
Shuttle buses will be provided from Didcot Parkway train station.
London Paddington to Didcot Parkway takes about 45 minutes and Oxford to Didcot Parkway takes about 15 minutes.

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