Foodies Lounge

The Foodies Lounge is the place to be if you want to learn new things about food and drink, and try some tasty samples!

Throughout the weekend, there will be a series of foodie talks in our Foodies Lounge, where you can, hopefully, learn some new things about food and drink.

They will led by local food heroes and are meant to be both informative and fun. There will also be some free samples!

The speakers in 2016 were:

Phil Saxby, Saxby’s Cider

A local farmer and scion of the Saxby’s pork pie dynasty, Phil is the man putting Northamptonshire on the cider-making map. 

From small beginnings, Phil now makes a range of award-winning ciders, including a rhubarb version which may not be for the purists, but is heaven on earth to the rest of us. 

Phil will be Talking Apples, revealing the varieties of apples he uses and their individual and very different qualities, along with apple tasters to bring the flavours to life.

Phil Saxby

Alaric Neville, Phipps NBC

Northampton born and bred, Alaric saved the town’s brewing heritage by salvaging the names of Phipps and NBC from the corporate graveyard. Now installed in the old Albion Brewery in Kingswell Street, Alaric and his brewing team are bringing some of Phipps’ most iconic beers back to life.

A font of knowledge, he will be Talking Beer - Northampton’s brewing history and it’s unique beer cocktail, Sunshine and Rain, with free samples.

Phipps NBC

Elliot Wallis, Monkshood Coffee

Elliot is a coffee nut. He lives and breathes the stuff. He tastes, roasts and takes his coffee on the road to events and festivals in a cute VW van. He also runs Gyre and Gymble in Buckingham, an eclectic coffee shop, and is hoping to replicate its success in Northampton.

Elliot will be Talking Coffee in the lounge and explain how to get the most out of your daily cuppa.

George Steriopulos, The Lost Farm

George is a champion of rare breeds and is widely credited with securing protected status for the Manx Loaghtan sheep. He rears livestock the traditional way, slowly and with care, just over the county border in Grandborough alongside third generation farmer Jeff Clarke. He says: “There is nothing to beat the flavour and eating quality of a properly reared and pure bred piece of meat.” And do you know what, he's absolutely right.

George, on the left of the below picture with Jeff, will be Talking Meat, explaining what gives meat its flavour.

George and Jeff

Susan Gorst, Moorgate Farm

Susan rears free-range KellyBronze turkeys on her 17 acre small holding near Potterspury. She gets the birds when they are just one day old and plays music to the flock of babies to keep them happy.

Susan – you’ve guessed it - will be Talking Turkey, explaining why free-range birds offer more flavour. Susan will be speaking on Sunday only.

Laura Butler, The Beer Garage

Mum-of-two Laura Butler is Northampton’s answer to Melissa Cole, aka the Beer Beauty. Laura has been a beer drinker all her life and runs a business called The Beer Garage, delivering craft beer door-to-door around Northampton.

She is on a mission to bring the craft beer to the masses. She will be Talking Beer for Beginners, with free samples of craft beer. Laura will be speaking on Saturday only and would like an audience of ladies and non-beer drinkers!

The Beer Garage

Bill Hulme, Fleurfields Vineyards

Bill is a rarity – a wine-maker in Northamptonshire, and an award-winning one at that. He grows his grapes in Brixworth, in a vineyard which overlooks Pitsford Reservoir.

Bill will be Talking Wine, how to grow grapes and the secret to making stuff that is good quality.

Timings are as follows:


11am Phil Saxby – Talking Apples

11.45am Laura Butler - Beer for Beginners (Suitable for non-beer drinkers)

12.30pm Elliot Wallis - Talking Coffee

1.15pm Alaric Neville – Talking Beer

2.15pm Bill Hulme – Talking Wine

3pm William Sitwell

4pm John Evans – Talking Beer


11am Phil Saxby – Talking Apples

11.45am Susan Gorst – Talking Turkey

12.30pm Elliot Wallis - Talking Coffee

1.15pm Alaric Neville – Talking Beer

2.15pm Bill Hulme – Talking Wine

2.45pm George Steriopulos – Talking Meat

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