We are a double helping of excited to welcome Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

April 28th 2023

We wanted to make a bit of noise and have sprinkle of celebrity stardust from someone who is serious about great food. So it doesn’t get any better than announcing Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall is set to join us our first festival.

He’ll be on the Chefs Demo Stage, inspiring the next generation of foodies in our Little Chefs Den and looking forward to tasting as many of the delights our stallholders have to try.

Here’s a bit of background……

Hugh is a multi-award-winning writer and broadcaster known for his uncompromising commitment to seasonal, ethically produced food and his concern for the environment. He has earned a huge following through his River Cottage TV series and books, as well as campaigning documentary series such as Hugh’s Fish FightHugh’s War on WasteBritain’s Fat Fight and War on Plastic with Hugh and Anita. A new River Cottage series, River Cottage Reunited aired in June 2022.

He established River Cottage HQ in Dorset in 2004, and the operation is now based at Park Farm near Axminster in Devon. An organic smallholding, HQ is also the hub for a broad range of courses and events, and home to the River Cottage Cookery School. Hugh continues to teach and host events there on a regular basis. He also oversees the menu and sourcing in the River Cottage Kitchen, the restaurant on site at HQ.

Hugh’s broadcasting has earned him a BAFTA as well as awards from Radio 4, The Observer and the Guild of Food Writers. His award-winning books include The River Cottage Cookbook (2001), which won the Glenfiddich Trophy, the River Cottage Meat Book, which won the Andre Simon Award in the UK as well as the James Beard Award in the US. Hugh’s latest book River Cottage Good Comfort was published in September 2022.

Hugh continues to work as a journalist, writing occasionally for the Guardian, Times and other national newspapers. He is a vice president of Fauna & Flora International and a patron of Switchback, a charity that helps young offenders find opportunities in the catering industry.

Hugh, his wife Marie and their four children live in East Devon.


Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall holding carrots.

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