Field-to-fork festival at Laverstoke Park Farm

From 30-31 July, Laverstoke Park, the biodynamic and organic farm and farm shop run by ex-F1 world champion Jody Scheckter, will play host to a ‘field-to-fork’ festival – a county show-cum-food festival.

Visitors will be able to tour the farm, watch sausage-making and butchery demonstrations, participate in bread-making workshops and taste food from speciality producers. There will be the opportunity to see how mozzarella and ice creams are made at the farm, plus buffalo and hog spit-roasts for when hunger strikes.

This year, the festival will feature the final of the Professional British Barbecue Championship, judged by celebrity chef James Martin and some of the country’s most-feared restaurant critics.

Nine semi-finalists, all London restaurant chefs, will compete to win the title of British Barbecue Champion 2011, joined by the 2010 champion, Bruno Loubet. Critics and food writers Charles Campion, Xanthe Clay, Lucas Hollweg and Chloe Scott-Moncrieff will judge the competition. Once the winner is announced, visitors can buy meat from Laverstoke and get grilling themselves in the Amateur Barbecue Championship – the professional chefs will be on hand to give tips and techniques.

Tickets cost £6 for adults, £3 for children when booked in advance, or £8 and £4 on the door.