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Alfresco Twilight Party and Walking Food Festival at Swinton Park

Date: 25th May, 2011

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Swinton Park is busy preparing for its fifth Alfresco Festival this weekend. To mark the occasion of the hotel’s 10th birthday, a Twilight Party is being held on Saturday 28th May with live music from three leading North East bands, circus skills entertainment and gourmet barbecue. Then on Sunday 29th May, the fifth Walking Food Festival is taking place, with culinary tours of wild edible food and the four acre kitchen garden, cookery demonstrations and hands on cooking (including Sushi for Beginners and Sausage Making workshops), artists in residence painting and sculpting poultry, sheep shearing demonstrations and family activities.

Masham Young Farmers will also be attending, raising funds for their chosen charity the Farm Crisis Network. Visitors to the event follow a culinary trail through the 200 acres of parkland and gardens that surround the hotel, visiting alfresco kitchens en route that will be serving a three course meal, with ingredients sourced exclusively from the local countryside, there is also a gourmet food, plant and lifestyle market.

“The whole aim of the Alfresco Food Festival is to combine our excellent Yorkshire produce and food with the countryside that it is grown in. All too often we buy food, without making the connection with the way in which farming shapes the local landscape that we know and love so well. The event is also all about the abundance of wild edible food that grows on our doorstep that many of us know so little about.” commented Swinton Park’s proprietor, Felicity Cunliffe-Lister.

Chris Bax, as seen on BBC Countryfile, will be leading the foraging tours, and Susan Cunliffe-Lister (the renowned garden designer) will be giving tours of the kitchen and cutting garden that she restored over recent years. The hotel’s celebrity TV chef, Rosemary Shrager, will be in attendance and supporting the day with a book signing for her new book “Rosemary Shrager’s Absolutely Foolproof Classic Home Cooking” which is currently a Waterstones bestseller. Judy Bell MBE, of Shepherds Purse Cheese, will be sharing the demonstration stage with Robert Taylor, the Swinton Park Cookery School chef, as they launch a new range of recipes that they have designed together. The Cookery School Shop will also be selling Swinton Parks newly launched range of Chef’s Kitchen salt and preservative free stocks and sauces.


Press : Felicity C Lister : 01765 680944 :

Notes for the Editor :

  1. 5 entry for both Twilight and Walking Food Festival
  2. Children 12 yrs and under half price (Twilight) and 3 yrs and under free (Walking Food Festival)
  3. Twilight Event : 6.00 10.30pm
  4. Walking Food Festival : 11.00am 4.00pm
  5. Live Music at Twilight : Trio Gitan, The Conspirators & Monster Ceilidh Band