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Pylewell Park Food & Drink Festival will present a host of activities over the weekend of 23rd & 24th July 2011, including:

  • Farmers Market Producers from the region
  • An International Food to Go arena
  • Wine tasting and education, Cookery demonstrations and theatre from Celebrity Chefs
  • Horticultural and Garden displays
  • A varied production of performing arts both contemporary and classical
  • Sculpture Exhibition
  • Pylewell Poetry
  • On site Restaurants
  • Seafood and Champagne Bar
  • Real Ale Marquee
  • Pimms Bar
  • Local Cider Bar
  • New forest and Hampshire Wines
  • Laser Clay Pigeon Shooting
  • Stilt Walkers
  • Family Camping

Plus many more attractions & countryside pursuits.

Highlights include:

Adam Byatt

(BBC1 Saturday Kitchen regular) is Patron of Trinity Restaurant in Clapham, London.

Adam is The Festival’s official Chef

Kate Spicer of the Sunday Times said of Adam: Adam Byatt is a talented chef, with instincts and skills way beyond the ordinary. He sits just below the chef dons at the top of the premier league — Tom Aikens, the Ramsay posse, the Roux brood, Heston God.

In 2010 Adam was in the final three of the Chef’s Oscars with:

  • Sat Bains (Restaurant Sat Bains)
  • Claude Bosi (Hibiscus)
  • Adam Byatt (Trinity Restaurant)

To put that in context Hibiscus is rated in the top 50 restaurants in the world.

Robin Moxon

London’s Top Fishmonger and former Chef Robin Moxon  is appearing in the Cookery theatre.

Former horse-breaker and restaurateur Robin Moxon is one of London’s leading fishmongers, with shops in Clapham South, Dulwich and South Kensington…and a range of award-winning fishcakes. A Londoner for 17 years, he trains chefs for Jamie Oliver, enjoys nothing more than a spot of fishing on the Thames and loves the buzz and anonymity of London life.

Wickham Vineyard

One of the UK’s most established vineyards, producing award winning reds, whites, rose, and sparkling wines.

United Kingdom Vineyards Association 2010 

  • Celebration Rose 2009 - BRONZE
  • Vintage Selection Dry 2009 - SILVER
  • Fume 2009 - SILVER
  • Special Reserve Red 2008 - SILVER
  • Limited Special Release 2008 - SILVER
  • Row Ash Rose NV - GOLD 
  • Fume 2009 - McNie Trophy Most Outstanding Oaked White
  • Row Ash Rose NV - Berwick Trophy
  • Most Oustanding Large Production of Unchaptalised Still Wine


Birdy (Jasmine Van den Bogaerde) aged 12, entered the UK IDOL 2008 under 18’s singing competition, which judged 10,000 entrants from all parts of the UK. After competing to become one of 23 finalists she went on to win the competition in November of that year singing and playing ‘So Be Free,’ one of her own compositions, in front of an audience of 2000.

Subsequently Birdy was offered and has accepted a songwriting/development contract by Christian Tattersfield at Good Soldier Songs Ltd. Christian is also the chairman of Warner Bros music UK. In February 2011 Birdy had her recent single Skinny Love, played on Radio 1 (Fearn Cotton) It received rave reviews and Birdy has been tipped by many to become a future recording sensation. Skinny love is available to download on I tunes.

Shaun Hopkinson

Shaun Hopkinson the ‘Manchester Crooner’ sings the ‘Rat pack’. Shaun will appear on both days of the festival, and sing an array of favourites from Frank Sinatra, and other members of the famous three.

Watch Shaun Hopkinson here

Swingbridge Jazz

A talented, versatile collection of Swing Jazz musicians based on quirky, unique Hayling Island and playing across the South and Europe. Swingbridge Jazz will perform on both days at the festival.


Batala Portsmouth are a samba band playing authentic Afro Brazilian Samba Reggae music in Hampshire, England, and beyond. Batala entertain at many local carnivals, festivals, processions, and weddings. You can hear the band playing on Myspace. The band are part of Grupo Batala, a global drumming family that now has 19 bands in 12 countries and has over 700 members worldwide. The drums, costumes, and equipment for all of the bands are made in Salvador de Bahia under a fair trade agreement.

Watch Batala on Youtube


(Saturday and Sunday)

Crescendi is a local singing group in the New Forest run by Jo Corbin.

A Choir of up to 50 people, Crescendi sing a variety of music from gospel to showsongs, but is a strictly non-classical zone!

Crescendi place the emphasis very much on having fun whilst creating an amazing sound in the process.