Don't miss Food Rocks Christmas at Hickstead

For one day only, Hickstead will be the scene of world class cooking rather than world class showjumping, when the All England Jumping Course hosts a brand new event called Food Rocks Christmas (Sunday 14 December).

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For once, horses won't be taking centre stage at Hickstead, with the famous showground filled instead with a host of stalls selling delicious food and drink. The Christmas Festival will also boast boutique gift stalls, as well as a fairground, pony and trap rides, live music and a visit from Santa Claus.

But the highlight of the day will undoubtedly be the new 'etch' pop-up restaurant. MasterChef: The Professionals 2013 winner Steven Edwards has teamed up with fellow South Lodge Hotel chef Josh Stanzl to create an amazing three-course festive dining experience. 'etch' will be situated in the Polo Clubhouse, normally a bustling bar selling hearty food throughout the polo season, but transformed for the day into a fine dining establishment. Pre-booking is essential, with the three-course menu priced at £30 per head including entry.

If you want to browse for gift ideas or stock up ahead of Christmas dinner, the Festival will give visitors the opportunity to buy directly from award-winning farmers and artisan producers. Expect the finest locally reared meats, the freshest fish, seasonal fruit and vegetables, homemade cakes and confectionery, artisan bread and a host of craft ales, ciders, spirits and carefully selected wines.

There's also the opportunity to buy your traditional free range Christmas turkey from Bridgers Farm of Hurstpierpoint, the only turkey producers in Sussex who are accredited with the Golden Turkey Guarantee.

The event, a partnership between Hickstead and Sussex-based food events company Food Rocks, reflects our commitment to promoting local produce and providing high quality food and drink at our equestrian events.

And if you've been spending many a chilly winter's morning on the yard, rest assured there will be plenty of cosy corners, fire pits and heaters to keep the cold at bay during this unmissable new event at Hickstead.

Advance tickets are only £4 for adults and £2 for children under 18. For more information and tickets go to www.foodrockssouth.co.uk

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