How MKFoodFest came about!

MKFoodFest is an idea born out of a discussion between three dedicated Milton Keynes foodies. Hazel Roberts and Laurence Conisbee are artisan food producers in their own right and Turan Turan is a food author and artisan food teacher. Together they have formed MKFoodFest CIC to promote and champion local artisan food and drink producers in and around Milton Keynes.

“We wanted to provide a platform for the excellent artisan food and drink producers in Milton Keynes and the surrounding areas and create a showcase for locally produced and sourced food and drink. We also want to support those keeping these artisan food skills alive.”

This support for local artisan food and drink producers includes the promotion of their activities via social media, the creation of resources to help start and grow their businesses and a platform to showcase their products. Every September the MKFoodFest event takes place, offering places to hot street food caterers, farmers market stall holders, craft food and drink producers and chefs to create a celebration of the local food scene and to bring sellers and customers together in a local food and drink festival.

What We're About

MKfoodFest CIC is a not for profit community interest company established to host a yearly food festival in Great Linford and provide support for food charities and initiatives throught Milton Keynes.

The directors, Committee and volunteers who contribute to putting on this festival each year give their time for free  and take no salary or expenses. Any retained funds go towards supporting food charities and not for profit food initiatives in Milton Keynes.

We rely on community grant funding and the generous support from local companies and visitors who attend the festival. If you would like to donate to our festival we would be most grateful.


In order to create a successful MKFoodFest we have a dedicated team of volunteers who give up their precious spare time to organise this event. The MKFoodFest is a not for profit organisation with any money raised going back into the creation of future events, the community or to food based charities

Turan T Turan

Committee Member
Turan has been smoking and preserving foods for many years. His ethos is to make these artisan subjects accessible to everyone. He runs cold smoking cookery school and has written two books on food smoking and curing. Recently Turan has been involved with Jamie's fifteen apprentices teaching them how to smoke food and the TV production of the Victorian slum. Turan was recently featured on the BBC TV programme Nadiya's British Food Adventure.

Laurence Conisbee

Laurence runs Wharf Distillery, a very successful Artisan Distillery, Cidery & Deli. He is an ardent foodie and distiller of fine spirits. As well as his own craft spirits and liqueurs he stocks fantastic other local foods, beers, ciders, wines, spirits, liqueurs from around 50 local producers. Laurence's distillery & deli is also a venue for regular foodies events. There are four artisan food and drink markets each year, street food evenings from May to September, and pop-up restaurants where local chefs create one-of menus enjoyed by diners seated actually within the deli and tap room. Laurence also runs artisan cider making courses from August until October and offers distilling packages for couples to create their very own bespoke gin or brandy for their big day.

Dr Hazel Roberts

Director & Secretary
Hazel is a passionate foodie and food writer expressing her passion for food through her own produce and via her regular food blog. Hazel produces a range of jams, chutneys and preserves made in Milton Keynes from fruit and vegetables grown in Milton Keynes. Her products are stocked widely among the many delis throughout Milton Keynes. Hazel teaches her Jam and preserve skills at coldsmoking cookery school in Great Linford.

Jonny Foulton

Jonny runs the event management business Fox Wylie and provides logistical experties and event management experience to support the festival

Janet Hawkins

Committee Member
Janet is our bookeeper and takes an active role in assisting with the running of the event on the day of the festival. Behind the scenes she runs her own bookkeeping business (blackhawkgroup) and is usually found among a pile of invoices.

Steven Dryden-Hall

Committee Member
Steven is a marketing and PR man who is well known in food circles throughout MK and the surrounding area. He has organised the now well established annual Food & Leisure Awards which pays tribute to all the good food and drink available throughout North Bucks and Milton Keynes

Danny Merner

Committee Member
Danny is responsible for ensuring our design and branding are up to the mark and that we are engaging with our audience in the most effective way possible.

Russell Boreman

Committe Member
For the last two years Russell has taken responsibility for the running of the event. As the event manager Russell is responsible for coordinating the volunteers and ensuring we deliver a safe and enjoyable event for everyone.

Register for MKFoodFest 2018

You can register your interest with us for MKFoodFest 2018. Our festival is local for Milton Keynes and we would urge potential exhibitors to take the time to read our selection criteria and our exhibitor terms & conditions.

MKFoodFest is usually held on the second Saturday in September within the grounds of Linford Manor Park

Postal address: North Pavilion, The Courtyard, Parklands, Great Linford, Milton Keynes MK14 5DZ

Phone: 01908 661848

Email: admin@mkfoodfest.org


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