Masterchef’s John Torode offers tips from the top at Glynde Food and English Wine Festival

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THE Glynde Food and English Wine Festival, now in its sixth year, is a celebration of the best in eating and drinking.

Set in the stunning grounds of historic Glynde Place, it will take place over the weekend of July 14 and 15.

Festival founder Viscount Hampden highlights the marvellous showcase that the Festival offers its visitors. He said: “I’m delighted that our event attracts some of the finest English winemakers and that we are able to champion these very successful vineyards.

“We’re also hosting a selection of wonderful artisan food producers, exciting chefs and some really hands-on experiences at the Festival this year.”

Over the weekend, visitors can explore English wine through tastings and tutored sessions in the beautiful Marble Hall, go foraging with local expert Joe Nixon, learn about food and beer matching with Tim Anderson (MasterChef winner 2011), pick up tips from producers in the How To... Tent and join cooking masterclasses with expert tuition from John Torode or Peter Bayless.

For budding young cooks, children can join the Kitchen Academy encouraging the next generation of chefs to cook great dishes they can then make at home – from Vegi Sushi to Mexican Quesadillas. The Kids’ Area will also offer storytelling, seed art and the chance for youngsters to make their mark on the Glynde Place mural.

This year the Chef Demo Stage offers a wealth of talent including John Torode, Dhruv Baker, Peter Bayless, Tim Anderson (MasterChef winner 2011) plus actress and cook Lisa Faulkner and local chef, Matt Gillan (South Lodge Hotel).

Organisers are also pleased to welcome Delicious magazine, with Food Editor Lizzie Kamenetzky.

New for 2012 is the Summer Feast, an exclusive party hosted by John Torode and Dhruv Baker. Held in the main marquee on the Saturday night of the festival, it will be a chance to try some stunning food and enjoy the striking surroundings of Glynde Place into the evening.

Tickets are £50 per person (strictly limited availability) to include a glass of English fizz and canapés on arrival followed by a three course sharing feast.

For ticket details go to www.glyndefoodfestival.co.uk