Harewood House set for a foodie feast over bank holiday weekend

Preparations for the Great British Food Festival are well under way as Harewood House gears up to welcome hundreds of foodie fans over the spring bank holiday weekend.

Taking place in the grounds of the country house from Saturday 26 to Monday 28 May, the popular food festival will see more than 75 different traders in attendance, among them artisan food producers and street food vendors.

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Along with a tasty variety of food and drink producers there will be an exciting line up of local bands, chef demonstrations, food talks, man vs food competitions and a bake stage.

Speaking of the upcoming food festival, Dan Maycock, one of the organisers said: "We have got a great mix of local produce and best of British, coming from further afield.

"On the hot food front, you will be able to try anything from traditional hog roast to Mexican and Thai dishes, so hopefully something for all tastes!"

The Chef Demo stage hosts a headline name for each day, with former Great British Bake Off stars, Howard Middleton, Luis Troyano, Sandy Docherty and popular local chef Steph Moon all making an appearance over the weekend.

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The Great British Food Festival will also be hosting a a cake off, where amateur bakers compete head to head in three baking categories (Photo: Other 3rd Party)As well as the line up of celebrity chefs, some of the best regional talent will be showcasing their skills at the demo theatre, with everything from baking tips to fine-dining know-how, making it the place to be for any budding chef.

On top of cooking up a storm on the demo stage, the Bake Off stars will be overseeing the popular Great British Cake Off, where amateur bakers compete head to head in three baking categories - Victoria Sponge, Chocolate Delicious and Your Fabulous Favourite - and if you enter a cake, you'll be granted free entry to the festival.

There is entertainment for all the family over the long weekend, including kid's cookery lessions, free circus skills and children's rides.

Live music will also be playing throughout the day with plenty of top local bands set to perform, and festival tickets also include entry to the lower house, kids play area and bird garden, where visitors can also enjoy feeding the penguins.

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"It's a great value day out for the whole family," adds Maycock.

"Bring a blanket, sit out for the day and enjoy great food and drink, live music and beautiful surroundings - the perfect recipe for a fun, foodie day out."

Visit greatbritishfoodfestival.com to purchase discounted tickets.