Weald & Downland Living Museum

Food Festival

The very best of the south east’s produce – from heritage production methods to the modern day – will be showcased at our special spring event

10.30am – 5pm

What’s On

Enjoy free cookery classes and short talks, shop from vendors selling local produce, watch demonstrations and crafts, learn about historic food and drink in our collection of rescued historic houses, plus much more. There will be lots of tasty samples to try before you buy!

Guest Chef

This year River Cottage’s Gill Meller will join us in our Cookery Theatre for  cooking demonstrations on the afternoons of Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 May 2018.

Gill is a chef, food writer, author, food stylist and cookery teacher. He lives near the small fishing town of Lyme Regis, in Dorset. His cooking is a reflection of his surroundings. He takes inspiration from the landscape, his locality, and the amazing farmers, growers and fisherman that produce the ingredients he uses. His food is humble and un-showy, yet inspiring, spell-bindingly beautiful, and truly delicious.

Gill has been part of the River Cottage team for 11 years. Working closely with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Gill has been a major part of all of the activities and development at River Cottage, including sourcing the ethically-produced and sustainable food as well as defining the principles, ethic and style of the food.

He appears regularly on the popular Channel 4 series, cooking alongside Hugh, produces recipe videos for The River Cottage food tube channel and contributes to the acclaimed River Cottage cookbooks as well. Gill teaches at the River Cottage Cookery School.

Spaces for Gill’s one-hour cookery demonstrations are limited and will be available on a first come, first served basis – see the show programme for details nearer the event date.

Food & Drink

Visit vendors around the Museum site, which feature tasty local produce, cookery books and country crafts from in and around the South East. Buy lunch from our fantastic traders or visit the Museum’s waterside café.

Cookery Theatre

Come and watch cookery demonstrations and hear short talks in the Cookery Theatre. Details to follow in March 2018.

Food and Drink Through History

Watch demonstrations of traditional food preparation and cookery, brewing and much more in our collection of rescued historic homes from South East England. Explore their period gardens to see what was grown and learn about its culinary and medicinal uses.


The Museum’s annual Food Festival will take place from Saturday 5 through to Bank Holiday Monday 7 May 2018.

Standard admission prices apply (free for Annual Members) and tickets will be available to purchase in advance via our online shop. Please note that seats in the Cookery Theatre are strictly limited and will be on a first come, first served basis.

Visitors with disabilities are advised to read our accessibility pages in advance of their visit. Accessible parking is available for those in need – simply ask our team upon arrival and they will direct you.

Dogs on short leads are welcome and there is ample free parking in our overflow car park fields. The Museum will open daily from 10.30am, closing at 5pm.

or further information, contact us on 01243 811363 or email office@wealddown.co.uk.


or further information, contact us on 01243 811363 or email office@wealddown.co.uk.


If you are interested in exhibiting at this event, please download our revised Food Festival 2018 Exhibitor Pack.

We are not able to take reservations over the phone and require a completed, signed booking form (and all necessary documents) prior to accepting your booking. Please note that, as of this year, we require a separate pack for each event.

Download our Risk Assessment template here. For full Food Festival 2018 terms and conditions, please click here.

If you have any questions, please contact our events team on 01243 811032 or tradestands@wealddown.co.uk.


Interested in becoming an event sponsor? We have bespoke packages available to suit every budget – please contact us on 01243811011 or email our events team to discuss.