Celebrating local food and drink

15 - 22 July 2017

Graffham Festival is now in its fourth year. In 2017 we celebrate local food and drink. In 2014 and 2016 we celebrated the arts; and in 2015, science. Tickets for each event are limited, and available exclusively through this website: Book early to avoid disappointment; and please note that no further tickets may be purchased in the 24 hours running up to each event.

Events are hosted in various venues around the village of Graffham:

As we celebrate local food and drink, we would like also to support those locally less able to enjoy their sustenance. Throughout the festival we will be collecting donations for Stonepillow and Petworth satellite of Chichester District Food Bank.

If you would like to be involved in the festival in any way, please email info@graffhamfestival.co.uk.


Festival Talk

'Food and Drink in Religion; from Roasted Mammoth to Big Mac', a talk by Richard Bailey. Coffee and cake available.


Richard Bailey, formerly of Seaford College and now Director of Music at King Charles the Martyr, Falmouth is our quiz-master.

From the keyboard, Richard will tinkle the ivories and tax our knowledge of food and drink related trivia in a quiz featuring special music and tasting rounds. Barbecue and bar available.


Foraging Walks

Come on a relaxing wild edible plant walk with the UK's top forager Robin Harford and discover Nature's hidden larder in the hedgerows and green lanes around Graffham.

Wild food is the ultimate in local and seasonal produce, and historically has always been a source of food for country people. On your foraging walk, you will be shown how to identify wild edible plants, as well as learning the different plant stories, their nutritional values, their folklore, mystery and history. A minimum of 20 edible wild plants are usually covered.

Robin has taught foraging at Eden Project, appeared on BBC2's Edwardian Farm, Soul Seekers TV series, STV (Scotland), appeared on BBC radio and been recommended in the BBC Good Food magazine, Guardian, The Lady, Sainsburys' magazine, GQ, Ecologist, Green Parent to name a few. He also consults for TV companies and celebrity chefs.

NB. Tickets for Robin's foraging courses usually cost around £50 so this really does represent fantastic value.


Children's Workshop

During each two-hour session children will have fun with hands-on gastronomy: preparing and then eating a three course meal (handmade pasta, tomato tartare, chocolate mousse). They are encouraged to learn about good food and to explore new flavours in an educational and fun way. Includes fun games and taste tests.

Children should bring an apron: all ingredients and utensils are provided. Suitable for 5 to 13 year olds.

School's out ... Monday 17 July is an INSET day at Graffham and Duncton Schools; Seaford College, Conifers, Dorset House, Great Ballard, ... have all broken up for the summer ... entertain and inform your children.


Culinary Masterclass

Marvel as local experts Fiona Godman-Dorington and Sue Van Zwanenberg prepare a selection of fresh summer foods before your eyes. Discover their professional tricks-of-the-trade and taste their creations.

Jane Bellinger will also be presenting a short description of her catering services and adding her treats to the menu. All chefs offer catering services in the Graffham area so what a great way to sample their delicacies and discover that special caterer for your next party.


English Wine Tasting

Over the last decade, the growth in production of English sparkling wines has been exponential with English still wine also beginning to make its mark. With sales of English wine rising faster than production levels, the English wine revolution is happening.

Ian Heggie, founder of the Midhurst-based Exceptional English Wine Company, will be welcomed to Graffham on Wednesday 19th July as part of the Festival to talk about the development of English wine production and to host a tasting of his selection of both sparkling and still English wines.


Tasting Menu Tour

Tasting Menu - a meal consisting of sample portions of many different dishes served in several courses for a set price.

Tour - a journey for pleasure in which several different places are visited.

Similar to Graffham Open Gardens, this July ten villagers will throw open their kitchens to prepare one course in a Tasting Menu Tour down The Street. You get to devour one course at each stop.

Throw restraint out of the window, and tuck into some of Graffham's finest culinary masterpieces. Lavish, trendy and sophisticated; French, Italian and Sri Lankan; we've got it covered.

Choose which of the three options suits you best. In mid-July, you will receive a personal, timed map of your tasting menu tour.


Cocktail Evening

If you haven't visited Olive and Vine in Midhurst recently, you should. Voted the best restaurant in Midhurst on Trip Advisor and one of the five best cocktails bars in the county by Sussex Life. Proprietors, Jess Warren and Dean Brown-Fuller are coming to Graffham this summer to demonstrate how to mix many of their favourite cocktails ... and you get to taste some of the best cocktails in Sussex.

Friday evening's cocktail bar is one of the must do events in this summer's food and drink festival.


Food Fair

Our Fifteen Mile Food Fair will celebrate the wealth of wonderful food and drink that is produced or prepared right on our doorstep (or within around fifteen miles of the village at any rate).

The fair will showcase: the culinary wizardry of Pauline and Richard Marks from Manor Farm in Cocking; ice-cream from Caroline's Dairy in Chichester; Indian home cooking from Mili and Sanjay from Meghdoots in Petworth; craft beers Langham's Brewery and Adrian Kingsbury; as well as vension from local stalker, Jack Smallman; and much more besides.

The fair will run from 11 till 3 and entrance is free so come down to the rec and enjoy a local food market where local really means local.

If you're interested in running a stall please contact dianabowden@outlook.com. Pitches are free.

Village Feast

Smörgåsbord - originating in Sweden, a buffet meal of various hot and cold hors d'œuvre, salads, casserole dishes, meats, cheeses, ...

Ishiyaki - a Japanese cuisine that cooks raw meat, fish and vegetables on individual hot stones at the table.

The festival's grand finale. The village is invited to gather together in festive mood to feast, entertain and be entertained. An al fresco summer supper on the striped lawns of the recreation ground. The smörgåsbord includes locally sourced beef, venison and crevettes cooked on individual hot stones. The evening's entertainment, provided by willing diners, includes Seaford College Jazz Band.