Chilterns Food & Drink Festival 2017

25 March ~ 2 April

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. There is a combination of paid-for and free events, and all bookings need to be made directly with the businesses. Enjoy browsing the festival programme below but don't leave your booking too late as numbers are expected to be high. Please note that the cheese-making event at the Nettlebed Creamery has been sold out.

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Festival Events

An appetising Chilterns walk

A hearty pub lunch and walk

This guided walk will start from the farm and will be through lovely undulating countryside with views towards the Thames and up in to the Chiltern Hills, with a stop at the Blue Tin Farm Shop that supplies local produce alongside fabulous free range meat, followed by lunch at the King William country pub in the beautiful hamlet of Hailey. This walk is suitable for any walker with a level of fitness, and Nordic walkers are very welcome. 

Garsons Farm, Ipsden OX10 6QU
Saturday 1 April
Meet at 11am

A Taste of the Chilterns

Enjoy a Chilterns pub menu

Enjoy a A Taste of The Chilterns with ingredients sourced locally from the Chess Valley that include; watercress soup, shepherd’s pie with lamb sourced from nearby Raans Farm, or beef & ale pie with the beef sourced from nearby Blackwell Hall Farm, and the beer from Paradigm Brewery, Sarratt. To finish with honeycomb cheesecake made with Chiltern Hills Honey, or apple strudel from Rex Bakery with vanilla Ice cream, from Auberge Du Chocolat.

To book, please call 01923 283301 or email the organiser below.  Please note this menu is not available on Sundays.

The Bedford Arms, WD3 6EQ
March 27th - April 1st
Food available from 12:00pm – 2.30pm and then 6.30pm to 9.30pm
2 Courses £15.00 or 3 courses £19.00

Iron Age Masterchef at Wycombe Museum

Family-friendly Culinary Challenges

What did people eat in the Iron Age? 2000 years ago you had to grow and make everything from scratch yourself. Come and take part in some culinary challenges that would have faced our ancestors - how to turn wheat into bread, how to turn milk into butter, and find out why people used hot stones to boil water. This interactive family-friendly event will be led by Kim Biddulph of Schools Prehistory and Archaeology. There will be four 1-hour workshops at 10.30am, 11.30am, 2.15pm and 3.15pm. Places must be booked. Bread and butter workshops at 10.30am and 2.15pm; Hot stone technology workshops at 11.30am and 3.15pm.

Wycombe Museum
Monday 10th April
10.30am to 4.00pm (museum open at 10.00am)
Free (but donations welcome)

A Taste-Tingling Trip Around the Chilterns

Shopping the Old Fashioned Way

On Thursday 30th March we will be open for a Tasting Trip around the Chilterns. We will be tasting wines and beers from the foothills of the Chilterns and celebrating plenty of other local produce. This is a FREE event between 6-8pm, but we ask that you please book your places by ringing 01296 585 022 for. The shop will be open as usual for wine by the glass/ bottle and delicious deli platters.

March 30th
18.00 - 20.00

Fire and Feast

If you go down to the woods today

On this Fire and Feast course you will be baking breads, roasting meat and cooking fish over your campfire. A fabulous opportunity to spend a day close to nature in a beautiful Chilterns woodland, building campfires and cooking up all manner of tasty meals. Eating al fresco is such a treat and when you’ve cooked it over a campfire that just adds to the fun.

Chalfont St Peter SL9 8TP
01 April
9am - 5pm

Milling and a Museum

Milling demonstrations at Redbournbury Mill

This historic watermill is a working mill producing a range of stoneground organic flours principally from locally grown grains. Situated in idyllic rural surroundings with water meadows to the north and south on the river Ver, that can be enjoyed on the signed walks around the mill. Buy your flour flour for your home baking from the mill and from the bakery. No booking required.

Redbournbury Mill
1st and 2nd April
Saturday from 9 - 1pm Sunday from 2.30 - 5pm

Meet the producer

Beechwood Fine Foods in Tring

Come and meet the producer of Beechwood Country Preserves; producers of high quality jams, chutneys and preserves all made by Sarah, joint owner of Beechwood Fine Foods. Discover too, the widest range of British cheeses in the town, which also includes other local favourites they support such as Kirsty’s free range scotch eggs and Ashridge honey. No booking required.

Tring HP23 5AU
27 March to 2 April
Shop opening hours

Take a Vineyard Tour

A guided sightseeing Chilterns e-tour

The latest electric bike models can tame the steepest of Chiltern Hills, allowing cyclists to admire panoramic views that typically the only red kites have enjoyed. Choose this guided Vineyard Tour with friends and family that takes you on an easy cycle through areas of outstanding natural beauty through ancient woodlands, pretty villages, before indulging in a tasty Chilterns-inspired picnic lunch.

Meet at Swiss Farm campsite RG9 2HY
Thursday 30th March
10.30am - 3.30pm

Waddesdon Wine Cellars

Discover the history of Rothschild wine

Have the history of Rothschild wine brought to life in a free 20 minute talk on the fascinating history of the Rothschilds and their wine; a family that has left a legacy on the Chilterns landscape. Talks are conducted by expert house guides, who will take you on a journey through the history of over 15,000 bottles of historic wines in the cellars, dating back to 1868. No booking required. 

Waddesdon Manor
March 29, 30, 31 and April 1 & 2
11.30am and 2pm
Free with a ground pass

A World of Chocolate

Around the world chocolate tasting

If you thought all chocolate tastes the same, think again! Auberge du Chocolat is a unique artisan family business with a passion for chocolate, ice cream and fudge. The hand made products are created with love and passion that is shared with their customers. Join a free chocolate-eating workshop before embarking on a chocolate tasting adventure. No booking required.

Chesham HP5 1SD
28th - 31st March
Between between 9am & 5pm

Shaun Dickens at The Boathouse

A Birthday Celebration

Shaun Dickens at The Boathouse brings together fresh, modern British food, in an unparalleled riverside setting in Henley on Thames. This year the Boathouse turns four! To celebrate you are invited to indulge in a six-course tasting menu and glass of Laurent-Perrier Champagne for only £49. Join us to celebrate our birthday and the importance of buying local.To book please call the restaurant on 01491 577937 or email the organiser below.

Henley-on-Thames RG9 1AZ
29th March – 2nd April (Excluding Saturday Evening).
Lunch 12:00pm – 2:30pm Dinner 7:00pm – 9:30pm
£49 per person

Malt The Brewery

MALT tours & tasting

A Micro-Brewery at the heart of the Chilterns in Prestwood, Great Missenden. These tasting tours offer the opportunity to get closer to the natural ingredients and traditional processes that go into making your pint of real ale. Choose from these three tours;

Taste MALT: enjoy 3 x ½ pints complete with tasting notes

Explore MALT: meet your host at the tasting station

Tour MALT: a hosted brewery tour and tasting. To book please call the brewery on 01494 865063 or email the organiser below.

Great Missenden HP16 0HW
27th March to 2nd April
On demand 7 days a week
Taste MALT £5 Explore MALT £10 Tour MALT £15

What a beautiful ewe!

Chilterns-inspired Chess Valley flavours

Here is a unique opportunity to experience the beautiful Chess valley and its wonderful views and Chilterns-inspired meat and honey flavours from its delicious local produce, with the Chiltern Society. This walk is now sold out, but there are still tickets for two others available. 

Meet at Chenies Manor on the A404 WD3 6EP
Saturday 1 April
10am until 3pm
£15.00 for Chiltern Society members £20 &r non members

A Canal in the Chilterns' Countryside

A walk through the beautiful Boxmoor

Join the Chiltern Society on this five-mile circular walk that explores both the historic Grand Union Canal and the beautiful countryside in and around the Boxmoor Trust. The walk includes a light lunch followed by a choice of cake or ice cream.

Fishery Wharf Cafe, Boxmoor HP1 1NA
Sunday 2nd April
10am until 2pm
£12.50 - £17.50

One Foot in the Chilterns

A walking tour of Chilterns' culinary delights

Meeting at the one of the oldest vineyards in the Chilterns Old Luxters is a fitting place to start this walk that will take in the Beechwoods and quintessential Chilterns village of Turville, whose church has a beautiful stained glass window by John Piper before tucking into lunch at the Turville barn - accessible by four legs or two only - this 'no car cafe' in a traditional barn where host Robin will prepare a meal from local produce.

Meet at Old Luxters, Henley-on-Thames RG9 6JW
Wednesday 29th March
Meet at 11am.

The Chiltern Brewery

Brewery Tours & Tasting

Founded in 1980 by Richard and Lesley Jenkinson, George and Tom, brothers and current directors of the family run brewery, remain the oldest independent brewery in the Chiltern Hills and Buckinghamshire. This brewery tour and tasting will give you a fascinating insight into the art of craft brewing, followed by a tutored beer and food tasting session with a delicious selection of locally made chandlery.

Chiltern Brewery
Friday 31st March and Saturday 1st April

By Appointment to The Queen

Old Luxters is home to 'Chiltern Valley Wines'

The popular two-hour ‘behind the scenes’ tour around our Winery, Brewery and Liqueur production facilities demonstrates a fun and extensive learning experience that includes a full explanation of the grape pressing machinery that is used during the harvest. The bottling, labeling and capsulation machinery can also be seen, and last but no means least the tour is completed with a tutored 30-40 minute tasting of a generous selection of our wines, ales & liqueurs. The tours are booking up, but there are dates in April and May.

Henley-on-Thames RG9 6JW
28th March onwards
1100-1300 & 1500-1700

The Spirit of the Outdoors

Puddingstone Distillery evening tour

Pitching camp on the boundary between classic and contemporary gins, Campfire Gin is produced in small batches using ten carefully selected botanicals. You can enjoy this new Chilterns flavour when you book a two-hour event at the distillery which includes two drinks from the gin menu, a talk about the distillery and the distilling process plus a chance to ask questions and socialise. The festival tour has now sold out, but there are more tours. To book please call the distillery on 01442 502033 or email the organiser below.

Willstone HP23 4NT
Thursday's in April, May
8 - 10pm
£15 per person, payable at time of booking

Take a Tea Tour

A guided sightseeing Chilterns eBike tour

Enjoy a day out with friends and family cycling through the beautiful Chilterns' countryside. The Ashridge and Berkhamsted tours will take you through areas of outstanding natural beauty and includes to visit a castle built after the Norman Conquest, to easily cycle through ancient woodlands, see red kites flying overhead before indulging in a home made cream tea.

Meet at Berkhamsted Football Club HP4 2AL
Saturday 1st April
10.30am - 3.30pm

Cheese Tasting Walk - FULL

This event is now fully booked, but we have a list for those interested in future Cheese Tasting walks and will get in touch to let you know when other events take place - please email if you are interested.

Monday 27th March

Interactive Map of the Chilterns

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

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