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General News > Cooking Up A Storm at The Bowes Museum's Autumn Festival
Two chefs who are passionate about local produce will be cooking up a storm at The Bowes Museum’s inaugural Autumn Festival on Sunday 21st October.
Following on from the success of the Christmas and Summer Markets, this free event takes place from 10.00 - 4.00 in the Museum grounds, offering a vibrant market featuring the best in local food, cookery demonstrations, crafts, fashion, horticulture and more.
Philip Leverington, a popular demonstration chef for the York Food Festival, is a champion of local food and always looks to use local produce in his dishes. Philip will share some of his top tips on buying and preparing local food with his audience.
He will be alternating performances with Andrew Rowbotham, head chef and owner of The Crown at Mickleton, near Barnard Castle. Andrew is passionate about local produce, turning the best local ingredients into delicious dishes. A highly skilled demonstrator, he will show how to create tasty meals in just 20 minutes.
Andrew will also be supporting junior cooks from two local primary schools as they display the skills they employed while taking part in a ‘Come Dine with Me’ competition in the summer, organised by Love Food. Teams from the winning Bowes School and runner up Forest in Teesdale will each prepare one of the dishes they cooked for the competition.
The Museum’s Events Organiser, Rosie Bradford, said: “Our markets are unique in that they are free to access, with hand-picked traders ensuring a fantastic shopping experience, whatever the season.”
An added attraction in the grounds will be stone carving, from 11.00 – 1.00, with a chance to meet sculptors in residence for demonstrations and hands-on carving activities for all ages. This event is being held as part of The Stone Festival 2012, which takes place from 19th-31st October in the Museum grounds and other locations in Barnard Castle. See www.stonefestival.wordpress.com for further details.
There’s something inside the Museum for families too, with a ‘Fruit Faces’ drop in workshop. Call in between 10.00 – 3.00 to create your own masterpiece with Education Coordinator Amy Bainbridge, inspired by the exhibition, Feast Your Eyes: The Fashion of Food in Art. Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom there is no charge for the activity. However, if participants wish to explore the Museum the normal admission charge applies to over 16s.
“Come and join us for a great day out, and save the dates for our annual Christmas Festival, which this year is a two-day extravaganza of seasonal sensations on 15th-16th December,” added Rosie.