There’s a big treat in store for foodies this autumn as the annual Edible Forest Festival returns this September. The festival celebrates the best in local food and drink with a host of brilliant events held at unique and iconic settings around the ancient woodland of Charnwood Forest.

The festival will run from 7-15 September 2019 with a range of tasty food and drink events. Returning favourites include afternoon tea in the iconic Old John Tower in Bradgate Park, dining under the stars in a unique dining pod, Trappist Brewery Tours, Safari Supper around Charnwood’s finest eateries and another outstanding Secret Gourmet evening with Michelin star holder, Chef John Duffin.

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New events at this year’s Edible Forest Festival will include a cider tasting night, cheese pairing and a vegan day, with more events still to be announced.

You can sign up now over at to make sure you’re the first in the queue when tickets go on sale.

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Enjoy afternoon tea in Old John

Secret Gourmet
Enjoy a gastronomic experience 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.

Trappist Brewery Tour
There will be a unique opportunity to take a tour of the UK’s only Trappist brewery at Mount Saint Bernard Abbey. You can discover the art of traditional monastic brewing at one of only 12 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.

Tea in the Tower, Old John, Bradgate Park
One of the long-standing favourites of the festival is afternoon tea in the iconic Old John in Bradgate Park.  You can enjoy delicious homemade produce whilst enjoying the spectacular views over from this amazing vantage point.

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

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Don’t miss the dining pods at this year’s event

Edible Forest Breakfast, Bradgate Park
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

Safari Supper
Hop on the 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.

Cider tasting night, Mash & Press, Albion Street, Anstey
Charnwood Cider will 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.

Cheese pairing
A truly unique event where you will get to sample a wide selection of regional artisan cheeses, each carefully matched with local ale, cider, wine and cordial, beautifully presented and under the expert tutelage of your very own Cheese Meister!

Vegan day
Look out for this very special event when the famous ‘Tea in the Tower’ goes vegan for a whole day.

The Edible Forest Festival was created by Leicestershire Promotions and is supported by Charnwood Borough Council and Everards. Tickets for all events will be on sale from the Edible Forest website.