Stars sing before supper at a culinary spectacle

Booking now: Raymond Blanc’s Le Festival aux Quat’Saisons

Raymond Blanc (pictured) is famously full of joie de vivre, and this autumn the two-Michelin-starred chef will still be smiling, as he has an event to celebrate: it’s the 21st year of Le Festival aux Quat’Saisons. The annual spectacular combines wonderful music with Blanc’s fêted cuisine at his idyllic Oxfordshire hotel, Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons.

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Katherine Jenkins, Russell Watson and Elaine Paige are the world-renowned artists who will sing – on the nights of October 4, 5 and 6 respectively – in the beautiful 12th-century St Mary’s Church. The church is a close neighbour of Le Manoir, so after a Laurent-Perrier champagne and canapé reception at the hotel, it’s just a short, torch-lit walk to the performance. The soirée continues with a five-course dinner created by Blanc, Gary Jones and Benoit Blin, and accompanied by some of Blanc’s favourite wines. Mingling is in order – and there should be plenty to appreciate and chat about – as guests will be seated together at large tables.

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This is a black-tie event with seriously classy credentials. If you can, stay at the hotel afterwards (note: sadly, the £450 ticket price does not include a stayover in the superbly luxurious rooms and suites, which are often fully booked). If you can’t stay at Le Manoir on the night of your choosing, make sure you book a driver – and a return visit. You’re bound to want one.

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