Coleford Septemberfest postponed due to the fuel crisis.

Event will now take place at the end of October 2000

Please watch this space for further details.


The Forest of Dean lies in the area of land between the rivers Severn and Wye and has been inhabited for thousands of years.

The forest has served its inhabitants well and is still full of the wild animals and birds, deer, rabbits, pheasants, etc. that have played a major part (not always legally!) in feeding the people who lived there.

The rivers provided ample food with lampreys, crayfish, eels, salmon and many other fish being regularly caught and preserved.

The Forest provided nuts, mushrooms, herbs and berries and the surrounding plains gave cereals, milk, vegetables and fruit to extend the diet. The cottager kept pigs and chickens which kept the family in meat throughout the winter.

With the wide variety of food available it isn't surprising that the area is still rich in traditional food producers - cheesewrights, beekeepers, smokeries, cider makers, wine producers and butchers who use the famous Gloucester Old Spot pig to make the most delicious sausages; not to mention the vegetable and fruit growers and mushroom gatherers who all contribute to the rich diversity of local food that can still be found.

Help us to celebrate a thousand years of Forest Food throughout the month of: September.


  • Follow town trails for local tastings of cheese, cider, wine, sausages etc
  • Visit the Newent Onion Fayre
  • Join in the SEPTEMBERFEST - a celebration of fine local beer and sausages
  • Taste and buy at the FOOD FUN DAY and FARMERS MARKET
  • See cookery demonstrations and learn how to cook local dishes
  • Taste a variety of local ciders


  • Watch how to make delicious yoghurts and cheeses
  • Learn how to grow vegetables organically with a visit to an organic garden
  • Understand how to use fresh local ingredients to provide nourishing and cheap meals for all the family with some of our local chefs at cookery demonstrations
  • Join a foray in the forest to find mushrooms
  • Learn how to make good home made wine with visits and displays at local vineyards
  • Have you ever wanted to keep bees? Now's your chance to meet the experts and learn how
  • Produce delicious eggs from your own chickens. Our expert will let you into all the secrets
  • Enjoy a wander around local farms and see how to milk cows etc.


The Cheese Wine and Cider day at Lydney on the 23rd September has been cancelled. It will unfortunately not be rescheduled. The cancellation is due to a knock on effect of the fuel crisis.

Coleford Septemberfest postponed due to the fuel crisis. Event will now take place at the end of October 2000. Please watch this space for further details.

Also see the forest food festival website that has been put together by school pupils.


There will be many opportunities to visit local attractions which will be putting on special events during the month. Look out for:
  • Millennium Food Day at the Dean Heritage Centre - September 3rd - A look at historical food - see how our ancestors cooked and sample the meals yourself.
  • Twilight Bird Evenings - September 16th and September 30th - watch Birds of Prey, learn how they were used to catch food and enjoy a hog roast at the Bird of Prey Centre, Newent.
  • Septemberfest - September 16th to17th - Coleford Town Centre - taste and buy a variety of local sausages and locally brewed beer. Who is the Champion Butcher this year? Enjoy visiting the street fair.
  • Cheese & Cider at Lydney - September 23rd - come along and taste some of the wonderful local cheeses that are produced in Gloucestershire and wash them down with locally produced cider and juices. (nominate a driver before you start!)
  • Medieval Banquet at the Speech House Hotel. Ready Steady Cook - watch two local chefs fight it out using locally produced ingredients.
  • Food Fun Day and Farmers Market at the Miners Hall, Cinderford - September 30th. Your chance to meet lots of local producers and sample their wares. Watch cookery demonstrations in the cookery theatre, try your hand at local crafts or just enjoy the wonderful atmosphere.

All our events will have fun things for children to make and do and there will be a special kids' programme throughout September.


If you would like to be part of the Festival or have any events you would like us to arrange or have an idea for an event you would like to help organise (perhaps a street party, a picnic or a murder mystery dinner party for charity) please contact:

Alison Childs, Festival Co-ordinator

on 01989 564504 or 07790 230 420
or E mail: [email protected]


Watch out for our main brochure detailing all the events with dates and times. lf you would like to be on our mailing list to receive the brochure in August, please fill in the form below

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