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Spring Food Fair

from £17.50

We love every season for different reasons here at River Cottage, but even we’ll admit that spring is one of the best. So pull on your wellies, round up the family and join us on the farm for a weekend full of cooking, growing, relaxing and (most importantly) eating, at the River Cottage Spring Food Fair.

Held on Saturday 27, Sunday 28 and Monday 29 May 2017, the Fair is a real family occasion and ALL UNDER 16's CAN COME FOR FREE. It is packed full of activities and family fun – from chef demos, artisan food stalls, kids’ workshops, talks and live music, to garden and foraging tours from River Cottage foraging guru John Wright.

Taking to the stage will be:
Gill Meller | Signe Johansen |Tom Hunt | Mark Hix | Louise Gray | Naomi Devlin | Rachel De Thample | Felicity Cloake | Sven Britt | Oliver Gladwin | Gideon Hitchin | Janet Sawyer

Learn something new - starting at just £15. Choose from:
Bread and Butter Masterclass | Wild Cocktails | Choux-per Pastry | Outdoor Cookery with Gill Meller | Cookies and Doughnuts | Pasta and Foccacia | Super Salads and Ferments | Natural Products & Remedies
Places are limited so book now to avoid disappointment.

Dine in our Pop Up Restaurant in the famous farmhouse. Check out the menu HERE. Or head to Cocktails Under Canvas for a delicious River Cottage cocktail made from the finest ingredients.

Horticultural experts on all aspects of organic, gardening including:
Stephanie Hafferty | Charles Dowding | Will Livingstone | Josiah Meldrum | Ben Richards | Ash Wheeler | Sally Nex |Sally Morgan | Kate McEvoy | Kitty Scully | Penny Hemming

and more still to be announced.

Your little ones will be thoroughly entertained throughout the weekend with a huge range of activities including:
Falconry displays | donkey rides | felting and lucet braiding workshop | animal area | bee area & candle making | bubble workshops | face painting | skittles | hula hooping | pottery workshops | outdoor survival skills | welly wanging
plus much much more...

Check out this video to give you a flavour of the fair

Your event

10:00 - 18.00

  • Arrival at River Cottage HQ

    You will need to show your receipt number which appears on your invoice on the day and present this as proof of purchase at the accreditation tent. This is emailed to you upon booking. Entry will not be permitted without this.

    Under-16s can enter the Fair for free and will not require a pre-purchased ticket. Please see full T&CS HERE

  • Transport

    Please read our transport guide for information on car parking and other ways to travel. Park and ride tickets are included in your ticket price. However, if you would like to upgrade to VIP on-site parking, please click here.

    A tractor and trailer will be on standby from 5pm each day should you require a lift back up the hill.

  • Food & Drink

    There will be lunch and refreshments available to buy throughout the day (not included in the ticket price) and our licensed bar will be open each day, serving a selection of local beers, ciders, wines and soft drinks.

  • Live cookery demonstrations

    Take some tips from our team of River Cottage experts and line-up of guest chefs.

  • Weather

    This event is mainly outside. There will be marquees and some undercover spaces, but please check the weather forecast, our social media and our website beforehand and dress accordingly. The ground will be uneven, so we advise you wear comfortable shoes.

  • Dogs

    We’re sorry – to protect our livestock, dogs are not allowed on the site.

  • Market Area

    We have a market areas packed with produce from our local suppliers for you to taste and take home.

  • Fun for Kids

    There's plenty to keep the little ones busy and entertained throughout the day.

  • Foodie talks

    Foodie talks will be taking place throughout the weekend.

  • Gardening Advice

    Your chance to ensure a bumper harvest, with lessons from the River Cottage land team.

  • Book Signings

    Meet the chefs in the flesh and get your favourite cookery books signed.

  • Accommodation

    If you need local accommodation, please see our list of hotels, B&Bs and self-catering options.

  • Masterclasses

    From bread and butter to fermenting beans there will be a cooking masterclass for you. Book now to avoid disappointment

Please note: Hugh will not be attending this event.

Book your place...

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2. How many people attending?

Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

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Membership discount is not eligible for this order.


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Total - £0.00

All prices include VAT.

Further information...

This dining event is run from River Cottage HQ on the Dorset/Devon borders. Full address details of HQ will be provided once you have booked.

We are a licensed venue. We have a wide selection of the finest organic wines available to purchase.

If you need local accommodation we have a full list available.

Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. We put these guidelines in place for the safety, comfort and enjoyment of all our guests.