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Jamie who? We’ve got local Celebrity Chefs Rob and Charlotte at Treefest

Posted: July 11, 2012 at 14:24 pm Author: Julie McKellar

In 2011, we introduced the Food Hall to Treefest for the first time. This year we have more exhibitors plus two local celebrity chefs who will be giving live cooking demonstrations twice daily.

Big changes in the Food Hall, with two local celebrity chefs. Both chefs will be cooking using local produce, and hopefully some Westonbirt venison. There will be two demonstrations daily.

Rob Rees - The Cotsold Chef

Rob Rees MBE, the Cotswold Chef, has over 25 years experience and has cooked all over the world in palaces and embassies, so we are very pleased and proud that Rob has agreed to cook and entertain you. Rob will be cooking on Sunday and Monday.

Charlotte Pike - Go Free Foods

Charlotte Pike of Go Free Foods runs an award winning bakery which is free from wheat, gluten and dairy, and believe me, her chocolate brownies taste amazing, and we are very excited that Charlotte is bringing us something different. Charlotte also writes a blog for Hello Magazine, so check that out. Charlotte will be cooking on Saturday.


Foodstation. Sam has been bringing his fabulous Mediterranean food to events at Westonbirt for several years, and is always very popular. The product ranges from a large variety of olives, baklava, turkish delight, nuts, dried fruit, and a range of confectionery. All yummy and great for that mid-morning snack while you are browsing - and don’t forget to take some home with you.

Chilli Farm

The Wiltshire Chilli Farm is new this year, and will be bringing along their range of chilli sauces, oils, jams and chutneys. All the products have been grown locally in Wiltshire at Jamie and Julie’s chilli farm. They grow a large variety of chillies including very hot ones such as Jalapeno, Hungarian Hot Wax and Ring of Fire – ouch!

Peradon Organic Farm

Peradon Organic Farm is new this year and comes to Treefest from Devon. The land there has been farmed by the same family for several generations. Jon and Louise will be selling a selection of their award winning organic meat and will be cooking up tasty organic Angus burgers and sausages.

Vowley Farm - Sausages

Vowley Farm is also new this year, and is very local, based at Royal Wootton Bassett. As well as selling free range and rare breed meat, Lorraine and her team will also be cooking up sausages and bacon rolls for when you get peckish. They will be giving a daily sausage-making demonstration on the Food Hall stage, which should be very entertaining. They are also recommended in Rick Stein’s “Guide to food heroes of Britain”.

Bristol Cider Shop

Bristol Cider is back this year. Based in Bristol, they have over 80 varieties of cider in their shop and they only sell cider from local producers. This year you can also buy a glass of cider to drink while you wander around the exhibitor stands as well as buying cider to take home. New this year they will also be bringing along Cider Brandies, Cider Aperitifs, Cider Chutneys and ornamental traditional cider jugs.


The Garlic Farm are from the Isle of Wight. I visited the farm when I was on holiday a couple of years ago. You can walk around the fields and see the garlic growing, then pop into the shop and taste the chutneys etc. A must for next time you visit the Isle of Wight. With over 30 year’s experience of growing garlic, they are largest specialist garlic grower in the UK; you can even purchase bulbs to grow in your garden. I grow their elephant and solent wight garlic, and it’s very tasty.

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