Explore Guernsey’s gastronomy at Food Festival Week

VisitGuernsey has announced the Channel Island’s Food Festival Week is taking place from 23rd to 29th September.

Visitors can experience a taste of Guernsey during the week-long festival which ends with a Festival Finale Weekend on the Crown Pier

The event will showcase many local entrepreneurs who have crafted and created their own food products from home-grown ingredients, providing an authentic taste of Guernsey.

The second-largest Channel Island will come alive with a range of bespoke events for Food Festival Week, including a food journey on Le Petit Train, bespoke gin made for the festival and picturesque walking tours exploring local food.

The Food Festival Week events include:

Indulge in the launch dinner at The Duke of Richmond Hotel | 23rd September

The Food Festival Week launch will take place at The Duke of Richmond Hotel where guests will be treated to a special ‘Taste of Guernsey’ menu designed to mark the beginning of the festival. The Duke of Richmond’s Executive Chef, along with three other local chefs, will draw either a starter, fish, main, dessert course around two weeks in advance of the festival. They will each create an exclusive dish for the evening using local produce and the menu will not be announced until the night. Each chef will present their creation and guests will vote for their favourite course at the end of the evening.

Prices start from £65. Vegetarian options available on request. For bookings, please email: hpinto@dukeofrichmond.com

Experience a culinary journey on Guernsey’s Le Petit Train | 23rd-28th September

Le Petit Train is offering a special tour over the festival week, incorporating tastings at some of Guernsey’s famous foodie locations. The train departs from Albert Pier and heads to Octopus Restaurant and Bar for Herm Oyster Tasting complemented by a glass of fizz. It then moves onto Balthazar for bespoke tapas, wine and a cocktail masterclass, before continuing the trip with a local gin tasting at the renowned Curry Room at The Old Government House Hotel. The journey finishes at The Slaughterhouse for a Salted Caramel Espresso Martini and two scoops of its famous vanilla and white Oreo home-made ice cream.

Prices start from £45 per person. This experience is available at selected times throughout the festival. For tickets please follow this link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/le-petit-train-food-drink-safari-tickets-70259497047?aff=ebapi

Rocquette Cider Farm Tour and Tasting | 23rd-28th September

Nestled in the Fauxquets Valley in the heart of Guernsey countryside is the Rocquette Cider Company; a local production house that produces some of the island’s finest cider. Over the Food Festival Week, visitors can take a guided tour of orchards and cider works, followed by a tasting of selected flavours of locally brewed cider, cheese and chutneys all made on the farm. A special Food Festival menu can be enjoyed at The Farmhouse after the tour.

Prices start from £25 per person. This experience is available at selected times throughout the festival and lasts for around 1.5 hours. Please note lunch is not included and must be booked separately. For tickets please follow this link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wallow-farm-and-charcuterie-tasting-tour-tuesday-tickets-68784074017?aff=ebapi

A Flavour of St Peter Port Tour Walking Tour | 23rd-28th September

For the Food Festival Week, Tours of Guernsey in association with The Liberation Group is offering a chance to celebrate local food on a guided tour through the streets of St Peter Port. It will stop at four local eateries for guests to hear about the rich and interesting history of both the town and the island while sampling the best of local fare. This tour lasts for around three hours and a soft drink will be included at each stop, which can be exchanged for a locally produced alcoholic beverage at two of the establishments.

Prices start from £40.00 per person and this experience is available at selected times throughout the festival. To book please email: info@toursofguernsey.com

The Farm and Charcuterie tasting at Wallow Farm | 23rd-28th September

Wallow Farm is the Channel Islands’ only artisan charcuterie producer. The Farm and Charcuterie Tasting tour will allow guests to learn all about the pedigree breeding cycle, what it takes to make a good charcuterie pig, the history of the Oxford, Sandy and Black rare breed and an insight into a day in the life of a Wallow pig. At the end of the tour, a tasting platter of salamis, whole muscle cuts and some of the farm’s cooked products will be offered, eaten rustic style in the fields at the farm.

The Wallow Farm Tour lasts for 1.5 hours and prices start from £20 per person. For tickets please follow this link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wallow-farm-and-charcuterie-tasting-tour-tuesday-tickets-68784074017

Herm Oysters Farm Tour | 27th September

The Oyster Farm Tour begins with a short journey from St Peter Port on Herm Travel Trident ferry to the island of Herm. The tour will consist of introductory information about the oyster farm, the aquaculture and the mechanics of the farm, and the uniqueness of the Guernsey oyster industry. Guests can indulge in an oyster tasting complemented with a glass of sparkling wine.

The Herm Oysters Farm Tour starts at 1:00 pm and will last around two hours. Prices start from £27.54. The Herm Travel Trident tickets are not included. For tickets please follow this link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/herm-oysters-farm-tour-tickets-68688086917

Eat, Drink & Be Local Festival Finale weekend | 28th –29th September

On the weekend finale of the festival, there will be an abundance of activities taking place in the presentation tent located at The Crown Pier in St Peter Port. There will be sausage making and apple pressing competitions, where eight teams will compete over the weekend. A selection of cooking demonstrations will take place from chefs using fresh local produce and using newly launched products in the recipes. On the pier, Wheadons Gin will create and distil an exclusive Food Festival gin with samples available. The Oyster Isles Book Launch will take place with special guest Bobby Groves who will lead shucking workshops, oyster tasting and ‘farming’ on a mini oyster farm in the tent.

For more information on the festival: www.visitguernsey.com/see-and-do/events-festivals/eat-drink-and-be-local-food-festival-week/

Stay

The Duke of Richmond Hotel is offering a ‘Food Festival’ package with accommodation and opening night dinner for two guests in a classic room from £240. For more information visit: www.thedukeofrichmond.com

Getting there:

Direct flights to Guernsey operate year-round from London Gatwick, Heathrow and Stansted, as well as other regional airports with Aurigny (www.aurigny.com) or Flybe (www.flybe.com). Return flights from London Gatwick to Guernsey with Aurigny start from £95 per person, and from London Heathrow with Flybe from £99 and flight time is one hour.

Regular car ferry services to Guernsey run from the south coast of England and from north-west France. Return car ferries from Poole and Portsmouth to Guernsey with Condor Ferries start from £250, carrying two passengers (www.condorferries.co.uk).

For further general information on Guernsey, please visit www.visitguernsey.com

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