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A foodie flavour to father’s day celebrations at Shugborough
By: Steve Ott
There’s a distinct foodie flavour to father’s day celebrations at Shugborough during the Grow it, Cook it, Eat it weekend on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 June.
Visitors to the Complete Working Historic Estate will be taken on a gastronomic journey of adventure from fine dining to farmhouse fare and as an extra bonus dads can also learn some lessons in good ‘husbandry’!
In the Dining Room the Butler will be at your service on the hour, every hour from midday to give lessons in Victorian table etiquette and to talk through some of the extravagant meals that made the menu in days gone by.
Around the house visitors will be amazed by some of history’s more surprising culinary facts, comparing the delights sampled by the aristocracy with those ‘enjoyed’ by the masses.
And for any fathers who like a touch of spice, there will also be the opportunity to view some mouth watering delights being cooked up in the servants’ quarters. In the Victorian kitchen the cook will be creating an authentic vegetable curry. This spicy treat was popular with the Victorians and we’ll be cooking up a traditional 19th century recipe to delight all dads.
Meanwhile, at the farm we’ll be making cheese and herb scones with butter and celebrating the strawberry season with a sweet treat of some freshly made jam. There will also be baked bread on offer in the Georgian kitchen.
Continuing the culinary theme, local jam producer and supplier to the National Trust Shop, Lesley Bentley, will be offering tasting sessions in the Midden Yard and in the walled garden organic box company, Riverford, will have a stand promoting their range of produce from meats and vegetables to fruits and wine.
There will also be a ‘Fabulous Food-Finding Fun Trail’ for children and a special Fathers Day Quiz which the adults can join in. Craft activities for children include drawing father’s favourite meal and painting dad’s face on a plate!
The RSPB will also be on hand with wildlife activities for families to get involved in and there will be an extra buzz about the place as our beekeepers will be out and about to talk about their work.
All in all the Grow it, Cook It, Eat it weekend offers a fun–packed foodie festival for fathers and their families! Standard admission prices apply.
To book tickets for the Grow it, Cook It, Eat it weekend and to find out more about what’s on at Shugborough visit www.shugborough.org.uk or telephone 0845 459 8900.
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