Rockliffe Hall is hosting an Artisan Food Fair as part of its eight-day Festival of Food event, which celebrates the finest British cuisine in the region.
Taking place from Saturday 2nd – Sunday 3rd February, the Artisan Food Fair, will attract food and drink lovers from around the region and beyond with artisan produce stalls, street food traders, live chef demonstrations and more.
The live chef demos are an opportunity for food and drink lovers to get up close and personal with food producers and chefs. Rockliffe Hall’s chefs – Richard Allen, Paul O’Hara and Aaron Craig – will be taking to the stage on Saturday 2nd February, while Great British Menu chefs Danny Parker, Dave Coulson and Dan Fletcher will be showing off their skills on Sunday 3rd February.
The chefs will each be paired with a food producer from the region to show visitors how to use the produce at home to create delicious dishes – with the products used being available for sale at the food fair. It’s going to be an interactive and intimate experience, with visitors able to ask questions and see the chefs cooking up a storm.
Sponsoring the live chef demonstrations is the British Game Alliance (BGA) which was formed last year as a not-for-profit organisation to act as the official marketing board for game meat, to help promote game across all sectors.
“The BGA was set up to ensure a sustainable future for the game sector,” says Thomas Adams. “As the National Marketing Board for game, our main objective is to bring back a value to game as it has continually declined over the past 10 years.
“As the only unregulated food producing sector left, it was necessary for the game sector to professionalise itself and to that end the BGA set up its ‘British Game’ Assurance Scheme. It offers stockists and consumers confidence in the provenance of their produce, ensuring our game is from the best possible sources which meet our rigorous third party audited shoot standards, covering animal welfare, environmental impact and game handling.”
It also helps to promote game meat to the general public, by championing its versatility, delicious tastes and superior health benefits. The Eat Wild campaign was launched by the BGA to raise the profile of the game industry with contemporary recipes, exciting serving suggestions and a huge education piece on the benefits of wild game.
Well-loved chef Nigel Haworth has joined the cause, becoming the chef ambassador of Eat Wild. “By promoting game and all it offers, we’re ensuring it has a future – and is tasted, and loved, by generations to come.
Here are two game recipes from Eat Wild: