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Knebworth food festival 'busiest' yet after Jean-Christophe Novelli appearance - The Advertiser

The East of England Food Festival, which ran at Knebworth House over the weekend, saw the famed Frenchman put on a cooking demonstration for guests amid some serious sampling.

Touted as a celebration of all that is good to eat and drink from across the eastern region, a range of gourmet goods were on offer to keep spirits up in the mud and the wind.

An appearance was also made by Patti Sloley, one of Mr Novelli’s students, and former Masterchef contestant Ondine Hartgroves, who featured on the BBC show in 2011.

Ondine said: “It was a great weekend enjoyed by all despite the mud! It was nice to see and taste lots of local produce.

“The hands on work shops were a great success and very enjoyable. I hope people will practice these skills at home.”

But it wasn’t all cheeses, cakes, pasties and produce, with other attractions including an animal area where children had the chance to meet goats.

Guests also had the chance to visit the adventure playground, gardens and dinosaur trail.

Martha Lytton Cobbold, managing director of site operators Lytton Enterprises, said: “This was the fourth year that Knebworth has hosted The East of England Food Festival organised by Oakleigh Fairs and it was probably the busiest yet.

“It was great to see visitors really taking an interest in some of the more unusual foods on offer.

“Our exhibitors are justifiably proud of their produce and are happy to chat to visitors about ingredients and how things are made.”

Writing on their Facebook page after, organisers Oakleigh Fairs added: “Thanks to all for The East of England Food Festival at Knebworth.

“The crew’s hard work in mud and wind and finally sun made it all possible.”