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Launch of new events and products at Swinton Park’s Autumn Alfresco Food Festival

Date: 7th September, 2010

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Swinton Park is gearing up for another food festival this weekend, with the Autumn Alfresco Food Festival taking place in the parkland on Sunday 12th September.

The event celebrates the best of Yorkshire produce and harvest time, with a culinary trail, guided walks and tours, alfresco kitchens, cookery demonstrations and hands-on cooking opportunities. “Our food festival gives the whole family the chance to enjoy a day out in the countryside, sample delicious Yorkshire produce, learn new culinary skills and try your hand at some rural crafts”, commented the event organiser Felicity Cunliffe-Lister.

New for this event are the following attractions :

  1. Artists in Residence – highly regarded local artists Sue Moffitt, Chris Moss and Ian Scott-Massie are setting up in the Deer House with oil painting a cow (with a Dexter cow and calf in a pen), wire sculpting a sheep (with two Masham sheep to model from) and painting a harvest still life in watercolour. Visitors can watch the artists at work, buy from their gallery and also have a go at each of the activities.
  2. Twilight Event (4.00 – 8.30pm) – this event will run at the end of the day event, with live music in the marquee, real ale bar, barbecue, circus skills demonstrations and Chinese lantern making. Two celebrated local groups will be performing on stage – The Conspirators, who hit the top of the US Indie Charts with “Turning Green” in 2007 and are recording their first album, with upbeat summer tunes – and Trio Gitan offering exotic and exciting gypsy swing at its best.
  3. Hands-On Cookery – a new expanded cooking station will be offering FIVE cooking experiences for visitors to try their hand at : Sushi Making, Gingerbread House Building, Sausage Making, Butter Making and Plucking and Dressing a Game Bird.
  4. Launch of the NEW Chef’s Kitchen line of produce – Executive Chef Simon Crannage has put together a select range of gourmet sauces which will be launched at the festival. All salt and preservative free, the products all use Swinton Estate ingredients, and offer a style of professional cuisine that can be served in your own home.

The Festival starts at 11.00am, with tickets for the day and twilight events at £5 per person (children 3 yrs and under free).

For further details about the event and images, please see


Press enquiries : Felicity Cunliffe-Lister : 01765 680944 :

Notes for the Editor :

  1. Swinton Park is a 30 bedroom luxury hotel with 4 Red Stars and 3 Rosettes for quality of food. It is the ancestral seat of the Earl of Swinton and is owned by the Cunliffe-Lister family, who opened it as a hotel in 2001.
  2. The hotel has a cookery school, with day, evening and residential courses running all year. The residential courses are run by the TV Celebrity chef, Rosemary Shrager.
  3. The gardens, including the four acre walled garden, have been extensively restored in recent years. The walled garden now grows over 60 varieties of seasonal herbs, fruit and produce. The hotel is committed to keeping food miles to an absolute minimum, with the majority of all other produce sourced by the hotel coming from the surrounding 20,000 acre estate and Yorkshire countryside.
  4. The hotel has a carbon neutral woodchip boiler, eco-laundry and many other environmental measures in place – winning awards for its green policies.