I don’t know about you, but when we go on holiday one of our favourite activities is sampling the local produce and cuisine.
We regard ourselves as foodies and as such we feel very lucky to live an an area with such a rich and diverse food culture.
Whether you’re after wild boar sausages or Gloucester cheese, there are plenty of interesting places near Belvedere House to whet a food lover’s appetite!
Here we’ve shared some of the great food related things you can experience while staying in the Forest of Dean.
Forest Showcase Food & Drink Sunday 4th October.
Over 100 stalls and opened by Masterchef’s Greg Wallace. Featuring the area’s local producers.
Abergavenny food Festival (30 minutes away) 19th – 20th September
Over 31,000 people visited in 2014 and this year should be an even better event.
Newent Onion Fayre (25minutes away) 12th September
Bet you’ve never been to an Onion Fayre before? So here’s your chance. Don’t worry its not just about onion, although if you fancy exhibiting yours, then this is the place. You’ll also find organics and fresh local produce through to beers, wines, ciders and fruit juices, live music, street entertainers, dancing, animal displays, fairground rides, exhibitions, lakeside events and over 100 stands with arts, crafts and plants to name but a few.
Smarts Traditional Gloucester Cheese
Well being in Gloucester we had to start with our famous cheese.
Literally just down the road from us. They supply fruit and veg in season from their 60 acre farm as well providing courses educating and employing people to work the land sustainably, giving them the opportunity to ‘learn on the job’, as well as producing shiitake and oyster mushroom logs and award winning apple juice.
Crooked End Farm
A must visit and why not buy some local produce to take home. (Keep it chilled in the fringe in your room!)
Harts Ban Craft Centre
There is lots to see and do here, including the cookery school. Well worth a visit and just 10 minutes away.
Humble by Nature
Owned and run by BBC’s Kate Humble. Just a bit further down the Wye valley with Farm shop, various courses, events and food. Why not sign up for the “Big Day Out” on 4th July.
I’m sure you will be aware of the renewed interest in artisan breads, well this is where you can buy some wonderful examples, or why not book for a beginners course in sourdough bread making!
There are plenty of pubs and restaurants in the area, including in the towns of Ross on Wye and Monmouth where you will be able to sample local cuisine. We even have an Indian restaurant just 5 minutes walk from Belvedere!
Here at Belvedere House we will offer you the best we can including home made bread, pancakes, waffles, jams, marmalade, granola, fruit compote and hash browns. We also use locally reared and cured Gloucester old spot bacon, local sausages and free range eggs.
Why not come and stay with us and taste all that the forest has to offer!