Throughout the festival site we’ll have plenty of places for you to refuel, with a huge variety of stalls selling all manner of delicious food and drink.
Artisan bread, cheeses, fresh fruit and vegetables, biscuits, macarons, ginger bread, fudge, sweets, brownies, chocolate, patisserie, cheesecake, jam, cake, sausages, scotch eggs, cordials, cider, dressings,just to name a few! We’ll have picnic sites dotted around the site once you’ve grazed the stalls.
You’ll also have a wide choice of hot snacks and meals to eat at the festival with vegetarian and vegan options. Indian cuisine, pizzas, a smokehouse, fish and much much more, simply wonderful food.
Based in the heart of Kirkleatham village, St Cuthbert’s is one of the oldest and most beautiful churches in the region, certainly one with the best examples of Georgian architecture!
St Cuthbert’s will be throwing open their doors and celebrating the Festival of Thrift throughout the weekend. There’ll be drop in activities from Rosi Thornton and the REJIG team who will be making a giant quilt. Bring a piece of fabric to add or choose something from the Rejig buckets of colour – the rejig volunteers will assist stitchers, and visitors can ‘make one and take one’ blocks of any shape and size and start their own patchwork adventure when they go home. Hand and machine embroiderers will embellish blocks with stitching garden and growing motifs., it is very easy for anyone of any age to join in with….Come and help the FOT quilt grow!
Breathe in the stunning floral displays inside and outside the church and see the newly refurbished grade 1 listed mausoleum. Children will enjoy the special exploration quiz and there are delicious refreshments too.
Mouthful will bring members of the Festival’s Phoenix Choir who will be lifting their voices, mashing traditional and new tunes.
The Sunday Communion Service on 18th September, will be held in the Almshouses Chapel at 11.15am – everyone welcome.
Our very own Festival of Thrift Jam & Chutney Factory! You don’t need a ticket just drop in.
We’ll be producing artisan jams, chutneys and soups – onsite – from your donated vegetables and fruit. Chopping, cooking, stirring; preserving, tasting, bottling and labelling; or just serving hot.
Donate your excess fruit and vegetables (from the allotment, pick your own or supermarket multi-buys), or your time for chopping and preparing and together we’ll produce some wonderful bottled preserves for you to take home, along with some top tips from our onsite experts.
So, what glut of fruit and vegetables have you got available? Blackberries, apples, rhubarb, onions or perhaps carrots?
Unable to donate any produce or time? Not to worry, you can pick up a jar or a pot of soup for just £2 from our Jamallot market stall.
Bistro Du Van is back by popular demand and the time in the wonderful courtyard in the Stables. Gorgeous!
Each van is adopted by a local chef who will design your menu, prepare and serve your food. You can book on the day, so just turn up and see which vans are available, the menus will be displayed on site.
The campervans are a mixture of vintage and modern day travellers, each set for a unique dining experience for 2-6 guests.
We’re currently recruiting budding cooks. Be part of the Festival this year!
We take food seriously at the Festival, with food guru Simon Preston at the helm. We’ll have hot and cold food, drinks, snacks and wonderful stalls selling tasty homemade goods too. We’ve got vegetarian and vegan options on site too.
When it gets to ‘that’ time in the day head to one of our on site bars for a tipple or two. There’ll be Bar-a-Van (obviously a bar in a van) and the Route Master Bus (a bar in a bus!) with our DJ’s spinning some tunes from the top deck.
The site is full to brimming with stalls selling food treats too, or if you fancy making your own sign up to a food-based workshop… or two. Tickets for the workshops will be bookable soon on this site, so keep visiting.
This is something extra special. A unique, one-off experience developed for the Festival of Thrift 2016 by Simon Preston, our food guru whose BBC Radio 4 series The Town Is the Menu sees top chefs create a new dish inspired by their home town – now it’s Redcar’s turn!
Book your place at the Redcar – The Town is the Menu table in the Walled Gardens at Kirkleatham. There will be two specially created dishes on the menu – main course and dessert – which have been inspired by Redcar, by its unique local character and the people who live there.
Simon will be out and about discovering Redcar’s fascinating stories; its history, folklore, famous faces, tall tales and more. Then, local chef Luke Harding of the renowned Waiting Room at Eaglescliffe and the restaurant at MIMA will use them as inspiration for two new dishes that capture the spirit of Redcar, on a plate.
Take your seat at our beautiful long table in the Walled Garden, get a taste of Redcar cooked by Luke and his army of apprentice helpers, find out about the stories behind Redcar’s new signature dishes and enjoy a stunning occasion accompanied by live music and performance.
There will be 2 seatings per day at at 12 noon and 2pm, each lasting up to an hour.
£5 deposit per person, diners will be invited to pay a little more on the day, should they wish to.
Advance booking strongly recommended – BOOK NOW
Note that the meal is served outdoors so please dress appropriately and bring a brolly if wet.