Thursday, September 18, 2014


Food and drink businesses from Lincolnshire and beyond are set to descend on Market Rasen Racecourse for a Harvest Festival racing day on the final Saturday of the month. 
They will be joined on 27th September by BBC1’s Saturday Kitchen Live wine expert Jane Parkinson who will be giving demonstrations about wine.
 The fixture traditionally marks the moment when ‘summer’ jump racing comes to an end and the autumn/winter season begins in earnest.
Harvest Festival Food and Drink Day – one of the most significant racing occasions of the year – features the Listed £50,000 Prelude Handicap Chase and the Listed £35,000 Prelude Hurdle, races always targeted by the top racehorse trainers across Britain.
As well as the horse racing, visitors will be able to sample and buy an array of food and drink, take part in baking competitions for both adults and children and see a display of farm machinery. 
Among Lincolnshire businesses getting involved in the Harvest Festival are: Cote Hill Cheese of Osgodby; MarRon Liquers of Waddingham; Crepes Delight of Brigg; Tom Woods beer of Barnetby; Sweet Heart Chilli sauce of Horncastle; Fabulously Fruity Wine of New Waltham; and Percy’s T vodka iced drinks of Kirton Holme, Boston.
From beyond Lincolnshire are coming: Hepys Hog Roast homemade sausages of Bassetlaw, Nottinghamshire; Oak Tree Farm hog roast of Sutton-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire; and Raisthorpe Manor gin and vodka of North Yorkshire.
 Race-goers will be encouraged to make a donation during the afternoon to the Lincolnshire food bank.
 Pip Kirkby, General Manager, of Market Rasen Racecourse, said: “Our Prelude meeting – which this year is Harvest Festival Food and Drink day - is always popular as the change of seasons in jump racing is marked in Lincolnshire.  The quality of the racing is excellent and we are delighted with the response from small food and drinks from Lincolnshire and further afield who will be a super attraction for our visitors.  TV wine expert Jane Parkinson will also be a dig draw.”
Visitors can bring their own gazebos and fold-up furniture into the Family Enclosure.
Adult tickets can be bought at or by telephone on 0844 579 3009.  Advance prices, which are discounted, are: County £19.80; Tattersalls £14.40; Family £6.75.  Savings of up to 25% on on-the-day admission are available on advance purchases.  Accompanied children aged under 18 will be admitted free of charge.
The first race is at 1.45pm, with gates opening two hours earlier.
Market Rasen Racecourse is staging 21 jump racing meetings in 2014 and is a leading conference and events centre in the East Midlands.  More information is available at

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