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In Association with the Elizabeth David Estate

At Stansted Park 
Rowlands Castle, Hampshire, PO9 6DX
Starts at 10:30 AM to 5:00  PM
14th & 15th of September 2024 

Celebrate the revival of
British food culture.

Exploring our past and championing our future with the finest food and drink of the South Downs & Coast.


  • Historical Influencers: Elizabeth David & others on the post-war British Kitchen. 

  • What next? The Future of Food & Celebration of South Downs Produce. 

South Downs Market

  • Food & Drink Producers

  • Cookery Book Shop
    & Authors Book Signing

  • Indoor / Outdoor Kitchen
    Craft & Design

  • Stansted Park Farm Shop


  • Cookery & BBQ Demos

  • Elizabeth David tour of
    Stansted House

  • Wine & Gin Tasting


  • Artisan Food from the
    Coast & Downs

  • Picnic in the Park 

  • Chef’s Table ~ supporting Rowans Hospice


  • Living History 

  • Apple Pressing,
    fermentation & preserving

  • Ice Cream making 

  • Outdoor Oven Building

  • ‘Stansted Arms’ pop-up pub

  • Tea on the Terrace

  • Live Music

  • Cricket Match 

  • Crazy Golf


Over the two days we have lined up a stellar cast of speakers to give talks and hold panel discussions. Venues will be Stansted House’s regency chapel and the food festival’s big tent.


Dame Prue Leith will open the Festival and will examine Elizabeth David’s long-term influence on British food up to the present day with Johnny Grey, ED's literary executor.  The historian and author of English Food (2022) Diane Purkiss will speak about ED's historical significance alongside the writer Rachel Cooke (Kitchen Person, 2023). They will be joined by Warburg scholar Tom Marks to talk about David’s cultural milieu and the relationship between food and art.


On day two we explore food, farming, health and the environment. We are excited to welcome the philosopher Julian Baggini to discuss the ideas in his forthcoming book How the World Eats. James Baird, farmer and founder of Weald to Waves, will share his experience creating a network of wildlife corridors while also producing food, and Peter Gladwin will discuss sustainable vineyards and farm to fork. Beth Mander, from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, will examine the 'Big Food Redesign Challenge'.

Festival Contributors

Speakers & Panelists

Artisan Food from the
Coast & Downs



Elizabeth David CBE was a British cookery writer. In the mid-20th century she strongly influenced the revitalisation of home cookery in her native country and beyond with articles and books about European cuisines and traditional British dishes.


Rowans Hospice services support more than 10,000 people each year across Portsmouth and South East Hampshire free of charge.

Travelling Barn

Traditional Timber Framed Buildings - be they temporary or permanent. In addition to hiring our structures to festivals, weddings and events, we regularly manufacture Timber Frame Structures for clients.

Stansted Park Farm Shop

Showcase for the amazing variety of produce that is now being crafted in Sussex and Hampshire and along the South Downs and coast.