You can already learn how to shoot and cast a line, but visitors to The Game Fair in 2019 will now be able to brush up on their barbecue grilling skills as part of the sizzling offering for foodies being dished up by the festival of the great British countryside.
Barbecue experts Weber, the new hosts of the enormous Totally Food area this year, will be offering a limited number of visitors the chance to join a mini version of its ‘Grill Academy’ when the treasured annual countryside gathering returns to the magnificent Hatfield House estate in Hertfordshire from 26-28 July.
The hands-on educational sessions, limited to 20 people and held five times each day for half an hour, will pepper enthusiasts with enough hints and tips to produce the perfect barbecued meat. Places, costing £5 each, will be limited, with the proceeds going to The Game Fair’s nominated charity, the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust.
Weber’s ‘Grill Academy’ is just one of many mouth-watering attractions for foodies, including The Game Fair Enclosure and Restaurant for Silver, Gold or Platinum Enclosure ticket holders, which has a menu created by celebrity chef James Martin, who will be mingling with guests.
The dedicated Weber Totally Food area will have around 100 artisan producers to browse, more than 20 of them attending for the first time. Cooking demos at the Kitchen Theatre, always a huge draw, will focus on the provenance of the food before it reaches the plate, with each hour-long demonstration incorporating a storyteller, hunter or personality to discuss the origin of the dish, whether that be wild boar, venison, wildfowl, fish, game birds, rabbits or items foraged from the British countryside. The line-up includes well-known game chefs José Souto and Simon Rimmer.
James Gower, The Game Fair managing director, said: “Compared to other country shows, our food offering is unrivalled, serving up enormous variety and outstanding quality. This partnership with Weber, pioneer of the barbecue, means we have more to offer than ever before for those who are passionate about food and the great outdoors.”
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