Top food and music line up for Kentford festival

Kentford Cock's landlady Emma Coward, left, and the AHT's Francesca Harper at the site of the first  Kentford Music and Food Festival'Picture: Animal Health Trust

Kentford Cock's landlady Emma Coward, left, and the AHT's Francesca Harper at the site of the first Kentford Music and Food Festival'Picture: Animal Health Trust

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Kentford may not be Glastonbury but the food at its first music festival will be better.

Emma and Clark Coward, who took over The Kentford Cock in November, decided to have a music festival at the pub but have also invited eight local chefs to come and give demonstrations, with tastings, while the bands play on.

St Mary's Church, Kentford, has medieval wall paintings

St Mary's Church, Kentford, has medieval wall paintings

Emma said: “We’re quite big foodies and thought it would be nice to have a food element to the festival.”

After being shown around the Animal Health Trust up the road, she decided the charity would benefit from the event.

“They’re a stone’s throw away and I didn’t realise what amazing work they do,” she said, “Everything about the Kentford Music and Food Festival has a local theme. We wanted to showcase local bands and restaurants and support our local charity.”

Trust staff will be at the event on August 24 and 25 to explain their work, which includes internationally respected research on animal health as well as specialist treatment on pets referred by vets all over the country.

Kentford village sign.

Kentford village sign.

Dr Peter Webbon, chief executive of the AHT, said: “We’re delighted to be the benefiting charity for the Kentford Music and Food Festival.

“Despite having been based in the village for more than 60 years, not many local people are aware of our work and the important difference we make for horses, dogs and cats across the world. This gives us an opportunity to let them know.”

As for music, Emma said: “We’ve got an amazing line-up. It’s not just local talent but bands from all over the country.”

Headlining the festival will be 90’s boy band 911 with a special solo performance from 911’s lead vocalist Lee Brennan, and 2010 X Factor contestant Gamu.

For children, Peppa Pig and face painting will be in the pub’s refurbished play area.

Tickets are £40 for a full weekend adult ticket or £25 for a day ticket from The Kentford Cock Pub, The Rocking Rabbit Gift Shop in Newmarket and www.kentfordmusicfest.co.uk

Kentford was the racing home of actress Lily Langtree, who in the late 1800s was mistress of the Prince of Wales who became Edward VII.

She had a house in Gazeley Road, opposite what is now Mr Fothergill’s seeds, which began in one of her old stables.

St Mary’s Church has some of East Anglia’s few remaining medieval wall paintings. They show three hunting courtiers meeting three skeletons.