Visitors meet celebrity chefs at the food festival Fit for a Queen

Visitors pour through the palace gates for a food festival fit for royalty in Blenheim.

The festival is perfect for foodies, family and friends and this year’s headliner is Raymond Blanc OBE, Executive Chef at Le Manoir Aux Quat’ Saisons in Great Milton.

The festival kitchen is also hosting a pasta-making masterclass with Italian legend – and the man who taught Jamie Oliver to cook – Gennaro Contaldo.

And there’s a demonstration on how to bake by Karen Wright, Great British Bake Off 2018 contestant, who describes herself as a “self-taught baker, stalker of the French patisserie window”.

Visitors can also learn to make a delicious cocktail with food and drink writer and “Home Bar” writer Andy Clarke, and make a healthy treat (or two) with Wholefood Warrior’s Eva Humphries, a nutritional therapist and advocate for sustainable eating .

To celebrate all things uniquely British on this royal holiday, the Jubilee Garden offered traditional cream teas or an expertly poured pint.

However, guests also sipped elaborate coffee creations, including espresso martinis, while being serenaded by vintage vocal trio The Lollipops and rousing brass quartet Acoustic Jass.

Meanwhile, the anniversary picnic area offered families the opportunity to start their own party, with many rows of tables adorned with lavish bunting where they could sample street food or open their own basket.

Stallholders from across the county and beyond showcased delectable artisanal treats and homemade delights in the tasting tent, which also featured the opportunity to sample craft beers, cocktails and mocktails.

Aside from the food festival, other exciting family activities included Twistina, the amazing balloon modeller, and restaurateur Stefan Gates’ Mindblowing Food & Science Show.

The Giffords Circus attraction, designed in the style of a village green, is based in the grounds of the castle until June 6th.

Guests of the Palace were also able to follow a Jubilee Trail and see the dress of Lady Rosemary Spencer-Churchill, one of the Queen’s Maids of Honor at her coronation in 1953.

As a tribute to Her Majesty, Searcys also served a quintessentially British afternoon tea at The Orangery Restaurant, with bespoke strawberry and champagne sorbet, freshly baked scones and cakes and sandwiches.

Admission to the Food Festival, which runs through Sunday 5 June, is included with Palace, Park and Gardens tickets.

Giffords Circus is a separate event with tickets starting at £20 for adults and £10 for children.

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