Edible Forest Festival has become a popular addition to the Leicestershire event calendar over recent years. 2021 sees them return with a smaller and more intimate event programme, but still plenty to look forward to.

For those of you who are new to Edible Forest Festival, it promises scrumptious surprises, local food and drink experiences and fantastic family friendly outdoor activities. It’s all about celebrating the food and drink produce and producers of Charnwood Forest.

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In the past events have been held including afternoon tea in Old John at Bradgate Park, Secret Gourmet experiences and much more. 2021 sees a reduced programme but still offers the perfect opportunity to get out and explore the food and drink experiences on your doorstep.

What’s On

The Original Charnwood Breakfast Stack

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This beauty has been created especially for the Edible Forest Festival, and could prove to be your favourite breakfast ever! Take an incredible St Joseph’s cheese scones and imagine it cut into 3 and layered with grilled tomato, fried egg, bacon, sausage and black pudding and your choice of sauce. Of course, it all comes from the local forest. These will be available from 11 – 19 September from St Joseph’s Charnwood Forest Rural Centre, Whitwick.

They’ll be served with sides of homemade baked beans and fried field mushrooms and priced at £10. Available during normal opening hours.

Charnwood Rocks & Rock Cakes

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Charnwood Forest has some of the oldest fossils of animals and some of the most beautiful landscapes, but what made Charnwood Forest as it is today? What better way to find out all about it than in the beautiful setting of the new events barn at the Outwoods whilst enjoying a delicious afternoon tea, (complete with rock cakes!)

Hear from Dr Jack Matthews, Geoheritage Officer with the National Forest Company and an Honorary Associate at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, working on the conservation of important geological sites. He’ll talk you through the history of the forest and just what makes it so special before you settle down to a full afternoon tea. 

15th September (2.30pm) and 18th September (2.30 pm) at The Outwoods (near Loughborough). Tickets are priced at £24.50 and include a talk/demonstration and afternoon tea. BUY TICKETS.

Mellow Tunes & High Tea

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What could be a better way to enjoy the festival than kicking back in the forest with the sound of live music drifting among the trees and a delicious high tea straight from the forest? Whilst enjoying live music from Ann Duggan and Rob Hines you will be served a fantastic Charnwood High Tea, piled with scones, sandwiches (filled with such yummy delights as Tynt Meadow braised beef with onion chutney and gravy mayo, Charnwood smokey cheddar cheese with a local pickle, Blackbrook reservoir trout mousse with cucumber, Charnwood ham and allotment tomato) and sweet treats like Tynt Meadow chocolate cake, Burleigh’s Gin and lemon cake, St Joseph’s short bread and local Jam and Cream. 

Bring blankets, cushions, chairs if you wish. You can even bring your own beers. Cover will be provided incase of bad weather. 

The event takes place on 11th September (6pm – 8pm) at St Joseph’s Charnwood Forest Rural Centre, Oaks Road, Whitwick, LE67 5UP. Tickets are priced at £24.50 (£16.50 for children) and includes the concert and food (but not drinks). BUY TICKETS.

For more information visit the Edible Forest Festival website