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  • Wine demos by Bluebell Vineyard

    Bluebell Wines

    We are very proud to announce that Bluebell Vineyard will be giving talks about all wine issues.

    Situated on the edge of the Ashdown Forest near the famous Bluebell Steam Railway in Sussex, Bluebell Vineyard Estates is home to the award-winning range of ‘Hindleap’ Sparkling Wines.  Nestled among bluebell-strewn woods, from which the vineyard derives its name, Bluebell Vineyard Estates is a family-run vineyard and winery with a passion for producing world class sparkling wines.

    Since being established in 2005, the vineyard has more than doubled in size and now has 70 acres under-vine across three sites in East and West Sussex. The Estate specialises in the production of English sparkling wines using the classic Champagne grape varieties Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, as well as Seyval Blanc.  The Estate produces five styles – a sparkling Rosé, a Classic Cuvee, a Blanc de Blancs, a late disgorged Blanc de Blancs and a single variety sparkling Seyval Blanc.

    Made with meticulous attention to detail, Hindleap wines are distinctively English: hand-crafted vintage sparkling wines bursting with fruit character.

    ‘Hindleap’ sparkling wines has been awarded over fifty five national and international awards since the first release, confirming the Estate’s reputation as one of England’s leading producers.

  • Rob Silverstone – ‘The Old Mule’

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    Rob Silverstone the ‘old Mule’ will be talking about his book and also serving up some Sussex inspired dishes over the weekend at the festival.

    The old Mule continues his journey into hidden corners of Sussex and Upper Normandy. Land and sky turned upside down at the shrine to Indian soldiers. Saucepans bubbling in a château kitchen to the sound of hungry geese. Scale the headlands of each coastline and smell the verdant pasture, bicycle wheels spinning in the sun. Unearth pearls in scallop shells and lobster at Selsey harbour, apples from Seddlescombe and cider from St Saire. Enjoy a sole on Pourville beach where Monet sketched the cliff tops, crank the winch on Hastings Stade and haul the catch home. Raise a glass of Breaky Bottom to life beyond the supermarket.Real food, slow food, a little local treat.”

    A Mule Across the Water: Real Food In Sussex and Normandy samples the fare of 70 artisan producers, and offers 30 appetising recipes based on local food & drink. Several recipes are written by people rooted in the locality, from a lobster fisherman to a Michelin star chef. The description of both regions is supplemented by 60 black & white photographs shot on traditional film.

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  • BBC’s Masterchef 2006 Peter Bayless joining us.

    Peter and Mr Roux

    Wealden food & wine festival are pleased to announce that Peter Bayless – BBC MasterChef 2006 Independent Chef, food writer, teacher and demonstrator will be back, cooking up some delicious meals at the festival.

    In 2005 Peter finally decided to pursue his passion for cooking in a professional capacity and entered MasterChef 2006 to kick-start his new career. As a result of winning, Peter now works as an independent chef both in France, where he is employed as private chef to a large family and their house guests, and in the UK where he caters for any number of diners from eight to two hundred and more.

    He has published a book of his experiences and regularly teaches at a number of leading cookery schools throughout the Southeast, as well as giving live demonstrations at food fairs, appearing on TV and radio and contributing articles and recipes to food magazines. Peter is also commissioned by Caterer and Hotelkeeper Magazine to act as head chef preparing all the dishes for the judging of their annual UK Excellence in Food and Drink Awards.

    Now based in the Ashdown Forest area, Peter is available to cook for private parties, seminars, function and demonstrations. He also provides private tuition for individuals and groups.

    For further information, please contact Peter direct on the details below.

    Peter Bayless The Long Barn, Sandy Cross Lane, Heathfield TN21 8QR

    +44 (0) 1435 867480

    +44 (0) 7785 388924

    Twitter: @chefpwb

  • Vintage picnic cycle ride on Sunday 17th.

    Vintage bicycle ride

    Meet at The Cooden Beach Hotel for morning coffee on Sunday at 10.15am.

    A 6-mile easy flat lane ride (very suitable for penny farthings) departing 10.45am.

    Vintage attire please if you have it to keep up our Classic Cycle Group tradition.

    Display our bikes (pre-1980 classics or retro bicycles appreciated and admired if you happen to have one).

    Plenty of food & wine gazebos to purchase your picnic on-site, or bring your own picnic. (Do bring a rug or something to sit on).


    Six mile ride back to The Cooden Beach Hotel when event finishes or when group is ready to return.



11am - 6pm (Main Festival)
11am - 7.30pm (Entertainment Marquee)


11am - 6pm (Main Festival)
11am - 7.30pm (Entertainment Marquee)