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Bumper Crowds at Longleat Food & Drink Festival

Bumper crowds enjoying Longleat's Food and Drink Festival

Bumper crowds enjoying Longleat’s Food and Drink Festival

Record crowds flocked to Longleat’s Food & Drink Festival over the weekend.

More than 12,000 visitors attended the two-day event which was headlined by celebrity TV chef John Torode.

To celebrate the opening of Koala Creek at Longleat this year’s festival had an Aussie theme and featured a Kylie Minogue tribute band and a live didgeridoo player.

Emma, Viscountess Weymouth joined John Torode on stage during his live cooking demonstrations and also hosted a special Luxury Afternoon Tea in the Great Hall of Longleat House.

Devon-based chef, writer and TV presenter Tim Maddams, from the River Cottage TV series and Paul Da Costa Greaves, BBC Good Food shows, also took part.

Longleat’s Event Manager, Daisy Mercedes, said: “This year’s festival was the biggest and best to date and we were blessed with some fantastic weather.

“The feedback we got from visitors was incredibly positive and we’re already looking at ways to make next year’s event even better,” she added.

Now in its third year, the Festival showcases the finest local produce while also celebrating international cuisine.

A bustling Market Street was alive with the sights and smells of more than 40 different stallholders and their delicious dishes and drinks.

There was also live music over the weekend from more than 20 acts with talented solo artists and bands on the Music Stage including Mr Tea and the Minions, Ali George, Avalon Highway, Harlem Rhythm Cats, Daydream Runaways and Just 3 Harmony.

Highlighting the Festival’s Anitpodean theme there were sets from The Botanicals – Aussie Anthems Hour on the Saturday and Kylie on Show, a tribute act, on the Sunday, as well as Johnny Cope playing the didgeridoo and Adelaide-based sisters Germein.

The festival also featured fairground rides including a big wheel, swing boats, teacups and coconut shy as well as crazy golf and a classic car display.

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