Chilterns Food & Drink Festival 2017
25 March to 2 April

Food & Drink

Good taste comes naturally in the Chilterns, and this coming March, you can enjoy ‘A Taste of the Chilterns’.

The Chilterns is a living, working area of beautiful countryside whose character has been shaped by agriculture, industry and the people who have lived and worked here over the centuries. Once the larder of London, the historic market towns, tucked-away villages, pubs, farmland, chalk-fed streams and ancient woods all hint at the growing, trading and of course, enjoyment of good local food and drink.

This March, during the new Chilterns Festival of Food & Drink, you are invited to sample some of the delicious local fare that is produced with love, skill and an attention to detail that reflects what is of the Chilterns; quality, distinctiveness and great taste. The festival programme is being produced now and will be published with full details shortly, including dates, locations and how to book.

Use the menu's to the left to plan your next country walk and pub lunch, cookery class, or vineyard and brewery tours and share your #Chilterns' adventures on your favourite SM channel. 

Campfire gin inspired in the Chilterns

Take home a taste of the Chilterns, with food inspired in our historic landscape. The Purl recipe below is Kate and Ben's take on an old London cocktail called Purl. Supposedly drunk by Thames boatmen – for breakfast would you believe! It’s mentioned by Shakespeare and Pepys and here is the recipe for you to try at home;

Puddingstone Purl
Makes enough for 2

100ml Campfire Gin
300ml hoppy golden ale – we use Tring Brewery Pale Four
150ml pressed apple juice – we use freshly pressed juice from P E Mead Farm Shop
2cm cubed piece of fresh ginger
½ stick cinnamon
2 brown sugar cubes
2 teaspoons honey – we use Hertfordshire Honey from Twee
Add the ale, apple juice, ginger and cinnamon stick to a pan and heat slowly, bringing it to a gentle simmer. After 10 minutes add the sugar. Continue to simmer gently for a further 10 minutes during which time you can toast some marshmallows over the fire.

Remove the pan from the heat, stir in the honey until dissolved, add the Campfire Gin and divide into two tumblers. Garnish with toasted marshmallows. Savour!

Frithsden FizzStop for tours and tipple at vineyards and breweries, sampling Spitfire, Mutiny or other spirited ales.

Try these fab cake shops, full of gut-busting cakes and comfy pots of tea at the end of a long trail or at the very beginning, depending how you feel. 

The Painted Barn Tea & Vintage at Hazeldene Farm, Chesham HP5 2XD. Delicious homemade Rumseys Chocolaterie in Thame and Wendover. Cafe Africa in Amersham and Seasons Cafe down the hilll in Old Amersham and right at the very top of the Chilterns, the Cafe in the Woods at Wendover Woods, HP22 5NF. 

Interactive Map of the Chilterns

Interactive map featuring a host of things to do and places to visit

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