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THE ALTHORP FOOD AND DRINK FESTIVAL CELEBRATES QUALITY PRODUCERS AND SUPPLIERS IN NORTHAMPTONSHIRE AND THE SURROUNDING COUNTIES.

WINNER OF THE 'BEST EVENT - HISTORIC HOUSE' AT THE NORTHAMPTONSHIRE HERITAGE FORUM AWARDS 2017, THE FESTIVAL IS NOW ENTERING ITS 4TH YEAR.

2018 PROGRAMME ACTIVITIES/CLASSES WILL BE CONFIRMED AT A LATER DATE. PLEASE SEE LAST YEARS' SCHEDULE BELOW TO WHET YOUR APPETITE.

The exhibitors at the Festival all represent the very best independent food and drink produce in Northamptonshire and the surrounding counties.

We are now taking bookings from exhibitors for 2018. If you are interested in being part of the 2018 Althorp Food & Drink Festival, please contact us at foodfestival@althorp.com

Please see our 2017 exhibitor list below.

Programme

The programme for 2018 is currently being put together.

In the meantime, please take a look at our 2017 programme.

Sponsors & Supporters

We would like to extend a big thank you to each of our superb partners and supporters, without whom the Festivals wouldn’t be able to take place.

Volunteering at the Festival

GET INVOLVED!

Would you like to be a Festival Steward for the next Althorp Food and Drink Festival? We’re always looking for enthusiastic candidates who conduct themselves to a highest standard of teamwork and customer service to ensure our Festival-goers have a truly memorable day at Althorp!

 

WHAT ROLES ARE AVAILABLE?

  • Set up of the Festival site;
  • Guest Liaison;
  • Retail Assistant in the Stables Shop;
  • Outdoor Logistics;
  • Cookery and Talk Wardens;
  • Distribution of free merchandise;
  • Data Collecting;
  • Audience Supervisors;
  • Ticket Office Assistant in the West Gate Ticket Office;

 

WHAT SKILLS ARE WE LOOKING FOR?

  • Excellent communication skills and customer manner
  • Strong interpersonal skills to deal with a range of inquiries from the visitors;
  • Highly responsible and reliable;
  • Ability to work well under pressure in a fast paced environment;
  • Ability to work cohesively with fellow stewards as part of a team;
  • Ability to focus attention on visitors’ needs, remaining calm and courteous at all times;
  • Passion for working in a historical environment;

 

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS FOR YOU?

  • Unlimited Tea, Coffee and Cake!
  • Althorp Goody Bag;
  • Complimentary Festival T-shirt;
  • CV Reference from Althorp Estate.
  • Opportunity to be involved in one of Northampton’s favourite events;
  • Tickets for you and your friends or family to visit Althorp on an alternative occasion throughout the season;

 

If you think this sounds like you and you would like to be involved in this incredible opportunity please contact foodfestival@althorp.com for further details on how to apply. Please note dates and times are flexible to the individual and you will not be required to work the whole weekend of the festival.

FAQ's

1. What is the Althorp Food and Drink Festival? 

The Althorp Food and Drink Festival is a two day food and drink extravaganza. It celebrates quality producers and suppliers in Northamptonshire and the surrounding counties.

2. Where does the Festival take place?

The Festival site encompasses Althorp House,  Stables Courtyard and Deer Park. The Deer Park is an open park and with all fields, the ground underfoot can vary depending on the weather. Please note that access to wheelchairs and pushchairs is available, however if the weather is wet, this area may be difficult to navigate.

3. What does the ticket price include? 

The Food & Drink Festival Entry ticket includes access to the talks, demonstrations, grounds and  exhibitions. The Food & Drink Festival and Althorp House Entry ticket includes a guided tour of Althorp  House.

4. How do I buy tickets? 

Tickets can be bought online or on the gate, on the day. Tours of the house and additional masterclasses and events can be purchased at our on-site booking office.

5. Timings 

Historically the Festival has opened at 10am and closed at 5pm on both days.

6. How do I get there? 

Directions to the house can be found here. The full address is Althorp, Northampton, NN7 4HQ.

7. Do you cater for vegetarians and other dietary requirements? 

We try to offer a variety of foods at each event covering vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options.

8. Are dogs allowed? 

Dogs are not permitted on the Estate due to our livestock, with the exception of guide and assistance dogs.

9. Is there disabled access? 

Blue Badge parking is available on request. The Estate, Stables and ground floor of the House are fully accessible to wheelchair users. There is no assisted access available to the upstairs rooms in the House. Please note that the Deer Park is wheelchair accessible, however may be difficult if the weather is bad.

10. Is the festival child friendly? 

Absolutely. There will be a dedicated children’s area with lots of fun entertainment and activities going on.

11. Are there cash machines? 

There are no cash machines onsite so we advise that you bring cash, however the Gift Shop does offer cash back.

12. Can visitors pay by card? 

Visitors can pay for their tickets at the gate by card. Cards can also be used for payments in the Althorp Gift Shop. Each exhibitor is different, so some may have card payment facilities, some may not.

13. Are there car-parking facilities on site? 

Free car parking is available to all visitors, please note that there is a 5 to 10 minute walk from the car park through the grounds to the House, however a shuttlebus will be running regular shuttles from the visitor entrance to the festival entrance.

14. Is smoking permitted on site? 

Smoking is not permitted on site.

15. Can I bring alcohol? 

No, guests are not permitted to bring alcohol into the Festival. There will be a selection of stalls serving alcohol at the event. If a guest is found to be bringing in alcohol they will be escorted off the premises and no refund will be given.

What People Say

“THE BEST FOOD FESTIVAL I’VE ATTENDED. A STUNNING VENUE, BRILLIANTLY ORGANISED AND LOTS FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY TO ENJOY”


“WE THOROUGHLY ENJOYED THE WEEKEND AND MADE FANTASTIC CONTACTS FOR OUR GROWING BUSINESS – A GREAT SPRINGBOARD”


“OUR VISIT WAS ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL AND OUR CHILDREN ENJOYED IT JUST AS MUCH AS WE DID. THANK YOU – I’LL CERTAINLY BE RETURNING NEXT YEAR”

Contact

If you are interested in exhibiting or taking part in the 2018 Althorp Food & Drink Festival please email us at

 foodfestival@althorp.com  or call us on 01604 770 107

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