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First-ever Edible Forest festival to take place in Charnwood

Edible Forest

Events celebrating the food and drink produce and producers of the Charnwood Forest from 16-18 September 2016

The first-ever Edible Forest Festival has been launched to celebrate local food and drink from the Charnwood Forest in Leicestershire. Taking place from 16-18 September 2016, Edible Forest presents a series of unique food-related events in some of Leicestershire’s most iconic settings.

Events taking place during the Edible Forest Festival include:

Friday 16 September
Tea in the Tower – a traditional, delicious tea, full of the finest local produce and served in the unique setting of the Old John Tower in the heart of Bradgate Park.

Saturday 17 September
The Enchanted Forest – an extraordinary family event deep in the heart of the forest where your taste buds and senses will be delighted with mouth-watering food, dazzling entertainment and many surprises in a breath-taking forest setting.

Sunday 18 September
Build your own Perfect Picnic – a unique, hands-on opportunity to create some amazing delicacies perfect for a beautiful picnic, for enjoyment in the tranquil surroundings of Swithland’s Griffin Inn.

Sunday 18 September
The Secret Gourmet – renowned local chef, Paul Leary, will create a fine dining forest-inspired gourmet menu to be served at Nanpantan Hall, a truly extraordinary venue hidden in the heart of Charnwood Forest.

For more details on the Edible Forest Festival and to book tickets for the various events, visit

The Edible Forest is developed and promoted by Leicester Shire Promotions, with support from Charnwood Borough Council and The National Forest.

Martin Peters, Chief Executive of Leicester Shire Promotions said: “The Edible Forest Festival has been developed in conjunction with the many excellent small businesses in the Charnwood Forest area. We worked closely with key partners to identify an opportunity and are pleased to bring it to fruition with the launch of the Festival.”

Jay Cooledge, Director of Odd John & Family Ltd, added: “We’re looking forward to starting something that will hopefully give a voice to the myriad awesome producers in and around Charnwood Forest!"