Foodies in the New Forest
Showcasing the very best local farmers, producers and suppliers, the New Forest Food & Drink Festival 2016 (31st October to 6th November) will feature tasting menus, special events and celebrity chef appearances.
Kids are an integral part of the event, whether it be watching sausage-making demonstrations, wolfing down a delicious afternoon tea or learning to make sourdough pizza. And as part of the Festival, New Park Manor is offering the Ultimate Family Sunday Lunch at its new Vinery restaurant.
Here are five things you may not know about eating and drinking in the New Forest:
• Cistercian monks at Beaulieu Abbey were making cheeses in the 13th century.
• William the Conqueror decreed the ‘nueva forest’ a royal hunting ground, and venison, partridge, pheasant and rabbit still feature prominently in regional cuisine.
• The Forest has two vineyards, as well as producing artisan gins, cider, craft ales and bottled spring water.
• The Forest is a great spot for wild mushrooms and other foraged foods.
• This is also one of the last places to carry on the ancient custom of pannage – releasing domestic pigs so they can feed on beechmast, acorns and chestnuts, producing succulent, highly-flavoured pork and ham.
Find out more about food and drink at New Park Manor, or book your Sunday lunch on n 01590 623467.