FESTIVAL OF FOOD RETURNS TO ROCKLIFFE HALL

31 January 2020 Hurworth-on-Tees, Darlington DL2 2DU, UK

The FREE to enter Artisan Food Fair is on THIS weekend, whilst other special foodie events are happening across next week


FESTIVAL OF FOOD RETURNS TO ROCKLIFFE HALL

Food lovers of the North East get ready to salivate, for THIS weekend sees the return of Rockliffe Hall's Festive of Food.

Returning after the success of last years festival, the luxury 5-star hotel, spa and leisure resort near Darlington is once again opening up its picturesque grounds to all comers, with the further enticing promise of laying on a veritable banquet of top class culinary entertainment.

As well as an Artisan Food Fair featuring a winter wonderland twist, helping to showcase the very best produce the North-East and UK has to offer, guests this weekends event will also be able to enjoy sampling, shopping, cookery demonstrations, live music and interactive workshops.

Traders on the weekend will include Lewis & Cooper, The Clucking Pig Co, The Velveteen Rabbit Luncheon Club, Steel River Gin, Bon Coeur Fine Wines and a host of other top class food and drink producers.

The festival will also feature leading lights from the North-East's fine dinning scene as part of live cooking demonstrations, with The Orangery's Head Chef, Gary Duffy, Chef Director of Sachins Newcastle, Bob Arora and The Devonport Hotel's Head Chef, Marcus Hall just some of the names you should expect to see.

And the fun doesn't stop this weekend, with special festival ticketed events, including 'A Great British Afternoon Tea' with GBBO star Briony Williams, continuing all across next week up until next Saturday's (8th February) 'Come Dine With Us' Black Tie Gala Dinner.

Speaking ahead of the festival, Rockliffe Hall’s Sales and Marketing Manager, Katie Hall said;

“We are delighted the Festival of Food is returning for its second year.

"This event is the perfect platform from which to shout about all the fantastic chefs and food and drink experts we have, not only here in the North East, but in the UK.

"The first weekend will also see the return of the Artisan Food Fair which is a great opportunity to come and try some of the fabulous products made in our region by outstanding food and drink producers."

During the eight day event, money will also being raised for Hospitality Action, the Great North Air Ambulance and Action Against Hunger.

Great British Bake Off star Briony Williams will be Rockliffe Hall's Festive of Food later in the week
Great British Bake Off star Briony Williams will be Rockliffe Hall's Festive of Food later in the week (photo credit Rockliffe Hall)

Summary of this weekends feature events


Live Chef Demonstrations will be taking place in The Looking Glass House at the following times;

Saturday 1st February
11.30am - Executive Chef Paul O’Hara, The Clubhouse at Rockliffe Hall and Mixologist, Ben Hunt
12.30pm - Head Chef Gary Duffy, The Orangery at Rockliffe Hall and Sommelier, Derek Scaife
1.30pm  - Executive Chef Aaron Craig, Rockliffe Hall’s The Brasserie, featuring Durham Gin
2.30pm - Chef Director Bob Arora, Sachins Newcastle, presents Punjabi flavours
1.30pm  - Brasserie Executive Chef Aaron Craig,  and Ryan McVay, founder of The Calabash Tree
2.30pm   - Head pastry chef Cal Byerley, of Jesmond Dene House, and the “art of patisserie”



Sunday 2nd February         
11.30am - Head chef Gareth Rayner, FORGE restaurant, and the Garden Team from Middleton Lodge Estate
12.30pm - Head Chef Marcus Hall, The Devonport Hotel
1.30pm - Brasserie Executive Chef Aaron Craig,  and Ryan McVay, founder of The Calabash Tree
2.30pm - Head pastry chef Cal Byerley, of Jesmond Dene House, and the “art of patisserie”

2019 represented the first edition of Rockliffe Hall hosting the Festival of Food
2019 represented the first time Rockliffe Hall hosting the Festival of Food (photo credit: Rockliffe Hall)

Advanced Tickets MUST be purchased ahead of the Gin, Wine and Beer Schools that will be taking place during The Artisan Food Festival in The Drawing Room and The Campernella, Rockliffe Hall's beautiful Old Hall.

For further details or to secure your place, please go to; https://rockliffe.skchase.com/vouchers?categories=festival-of-food

Gin School
Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd February – 12 noon and 3.15pm 

£25 – 5 G&Ts included
£25 – 5 wine tastings and nibbles included £20 – 5 beers included

Led by Ginstructors, the class will educate guests on the quintessential British spirit, with talks from artisan gin producers, including the UK’s smallest craft distillery, The Little Quaker Distillery in Darlington. Scholars will learn about flavour profiles and how to perfectly pair and garnish their gin.

Wine School
Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd February – 1.45pm 

North Yorkshire-based Bon Coeur Fine Wines have been selecting wine producers from all over the world, and everything from Provence rose, old world and new world wines feature in their wine store, Cellar 21. At their wine school, guests will learn the art of wine tasting and enjoy specially selected food pairings to make their wine sing!

Beer School
Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd February – 1.45pm

From session beers to IPAs, let the beer experts from Three Brothers Brewing Company take you on a journey of craft brews and talk you through the perfect food to pair with them.

For details of the rest of the of Rockliffe Hall's Festival of Food events, head to; https://www.rockliffehall.com/festival-food

Gin, Wine & Beer Schools will be available to partake in at this years Festival of Food at Rockliffe Hall
Gin, Wine & Beer Schools will be available to partake in at this years Festival of Food at Rockliffe Hall (Photo Credit: Rockliffe Hall)

Come for the weekend, return for a getaway


Set on the banks of the River Tees, just outside of the village of Hurworth in County Durham, Rockliffe Hall can date it's history back to 1774.

Originally known as Pilmore House and owned by local historian Robert Surtees of Redworth, the country estate has transformed into the expansive leisure resort it is now in 2009.

Featuring 61 spacious guestrooms and suites, 12 meeting and event rooms. an 18-hole championships golf course, tennis courts, a 20 metre indoor swimming pool and a 50,000 square foot award-winning spa and wellness centre, Rockliffe Hall represents the North East's prime destination for a getaway, whether you purpose is business or pleasure. 

Once checked in, guests can also choose to dine at one of three flagship triple AA Rosette restaurants; The Orangery, The Brasserie or The Clubhouse, all offering unrivalled dining experiences laid on by culinary experts. 

So whilst the Artisan Food Fair represents the place to be this weekend; with Rockliffe's Hall Wintermacy Break, featuring accommodation in a Tiplady Lodge Bedroom, full use of the wet spa and wellness facilities, a full a la carte breakfast served in the Orangery and a whole lot more available from £155 Sunday to Thursday up until the 29th February*, a quick return will surely be on the cards.

The Wintermacy Break offers the chance to stay at Rockliffe Hall and enjoy all the benefits at an amazing price
The Wintermacy Break offers the chance to stay at Rockliffe Hall and enjoy all the benefits at an amazing price (Photo Credit: Rockliffe Hall)

*details correct as per www.rockliffehall.com/offer/wintermacy-break at the time of publishing. For full details and to book, please check the Rockliffe Hall website. 

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