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Edible Forest 2018

Edible Forest Festival picnic pod

This September the annual Edible Forest Festival returns to the ancient woodland of Charnwood Forest and this year we’ve got even more great events for you to savour.

Between Saturday 7th – Sunday 15th September, there’ll be a smorgasbord of tasty food and drink events for you to enjoy including afternoon tea in the iconic Old John Tower, Bradgate Park, dining under the stars in one of our unique dining pods, Safari Supper around Charnwood’s finest eateries and another outstanding Secret Gourmet evening with Michelin star holder, Chef John Duffin.

There’s lots of new events this year and extra helpings of those events you loved last time. Because they are so good, all of our events sell out quickly, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

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Tea in the Tower

Old John in Bradgate Park

7th, 8th, 13th, 14th, 15th September 2019

One of the favourites of the festival is afternoon tea in the iconic Old John in Bradgate Park. Enjoy delicious home made produce whilst enjoying the spectacular views over from this amazing vantage point.

Trappist Brewery Tour

Edible Forest Festival brewery tour

10th, 12th, 14th September

Discover the art of traditional monastic brewing at the UK’s only Trappist brewery. Mount Saint Bernard, founded in 1835, has just opened what is one of only twelve Trappist breweries in the world. One of the monks will propose a guided tour of the plant, which is operated exclusively by the community. The tour will end with a beer tasting.

Edible Forest Breakfast

Enjoy a hearty breakfast at the Deer Barn in Bradgate Park
11th & 14th September 2019

Build up an appetite with an early morning ranger-led tour around Bradgate Park where you will learn all about the edible produce that can be found within the park. After the walk you can tuck into a well-deserved, hearty breakfast made up of tasty local produce.

Secret Gourmet

Edible Forest Festival secret gourmet
15th September 2019

Enjoy a gastronomic experience not to be forgotten with a forest inspired menu created by Michelin star holder, Chef John Duffin. The Secret Gourmet unique forest location will remain a secret until days before the event and you can be sure it’ll be somewhere amazing and totally unexpected.

Dining pods

Dine under the stars during the Edible Forest Festival

7th - 15th September 2019

Our unique dining pods make a welcome return to the festival for a second year. Set in ancient woodland at Abbots Oak Manor, diners can enjoy an intimate picnic of tasty local produce in one of our pods or enjoy dinner whilst watching the evening stars.

Mash & Press

Anstey Ale Brewery

11th September 2019

We’re delighted to welcome Charnwood Cider to the Festival, they’ll be offering a brewery tour and cider and ale tasting session at their new home, the Mash and Press in Anstey. You can find out how this delectable local produce is created from Rob and his team and find out which of the many ciders and ales created are your favourite.

Safari Supper

Get on board the Safari Supper bus

12th September 2019

Hop on our vintage Midland Red bus and dine around the forest, enjoying a different course of wonderful local forest food at some of the best pubs in Charnwood, exploring the ancient forest on your way.

Vegan Night

Edible Forest Festival
Details to be confirmed

Cheese Pairing

Edible Forest Festival
Details to be confirmed

Barn Dance

Edible Forest Festival
Details to be confirmed

Scones on the Lawn

Edible Forest Festival
Details to be confirmed

Photographs from last year's festival

Vintage bus taking us on the Safari Supper journey around Charnwood
Family activities at the Edible Forest Festival 2018
Brewery tour at Mount St Bernard Abbey during Edible Forest Festival 2018
Tea in the Tower at Old John in Bradgate Park 2018
Delicious locally produced food served at the Picnic Pods 2018
Dining under the stars in a dining pod at Abbots Oak 2018
Sculpture at The Outwoods 2018
Secret Gourmet - a different venue each year, 2018 took place at Mount St Bernard Abbey

The Edible Forest Festival is developed and promoted by Leicestershire Promotions and supported by Charnwood Borough Council and Everards.