Foodies Festival, the UK’s biggest celebration of food and drink, brings a feast of foodie fun to the North West at Tatton Park this year with 2016 MasterChef Winner Jane on 15th to 17th July.
- MasterChef winner Jane Devonshire cooking live in the Chefs Theatre
- Top local chefs Aiden Byrne and Mary Ellen McTague share their favourite recipes and tips
- Focus on Brazilian street food on the Street Food Avenue
- More award-winning producers than ever before
- New Vintage Tea Tent with Afternoon Tea
- Champagne, wine and craft beer masterclasses
- Burlesque Baker Charlotte White in the Cake & Bake Theatre
- New Bug-Eating competition and the famous Chilli-Eating Challenge
- New 1920s themed VIP Tent with grand piano and Mirror Bar
- Local bands competing to win the Unsigned Music Awards
- Giant Pimm’s Teapot and Mojito Ship
North West food-lovers can look forward to another taste-bud-tickling weekend this summer, as Foodies Festival returns to Tatton Park in Cheshire, serving up a lip-smacking feast 15th to 17th July.
This year’s festival sees 2016 MasterChef winner Jane Devonshire and the region’s culinary masters cooking live in the Aga Rangemaster Chefs Theatre, showcasing their skills, sharing insight into 2016’s food trends and answering questions from the audience.
Aga Rangemaster Chefs Theatre.
Chefs confirmed include:
- 2016 MasterChef winner Jane Devonshire
- Aiden Byrne – The Church Green and BBC’s Restaurant Wars
- Mary Ellen McTague – Aumbry and BBC’s Great British Menu
- Ed Baines – Head chef at Randall & Aubin
- Kevin Clark – The Mere Golf & Spa
- Norman Musa – Ning & Author of Amazing Malaysian
- David Mooney – New Moon Pubs
- Pete Hewitt – MasterChef Finalist 2015
- Ping Coombes – MasterChef Winner 2014
- Tony Rodd – MasterChef Finalist 2015
- Lisa & Helen Tse – Sweet Mandarin
- Yang Sing Culinary Team – Yang Sing
- Katy Beskow – Little Miss Meat Free
Expert sommeliers Neil Phillips and Charles Metcalfe host champagne and wine masterclasses, and beer connoisseur and writer Melissa Cole offers entertaining craft beer tutorials with hourly sessions in the Drinks Theatre.
Visitors can test their taste buds with blindfolded whisky challenges, where they will have to taste and smell to try and identify ingredients and country of origin. These classes are also a great opportunity for novices to learn about whisky and its history.
A feast of international flavours and delicacies are served on the Street Food Avenue. Japanese, Thai, Malaysian, Argentinian, Turkish, Indian, Korean, Mexican, French and African are just some of the cuisines on offer and can be enjoyed in the every growing Feasting Tent, ensuring hunger is banished and tummies are full.
There’s a special focus on Brazilian street food this year to celebrate the Olympic host’s cuisine, including traditional Brazilian BBQ and Rio’s favourite dish Feijoada made from black beans, salted pork, trimmings, smoked sausage and jerk beef, which is cooked in a traditional clay pot. Brazil’s national cocktail Caipirinha, a mix of lime, sugar and Cachaça (made from sugarcane juice with an ABV of 48%), and Brazilian coffees will be available.
Artisan Producers Market
A glittering array of Great Taste Award winners are available to shop and sample from this year, each being hailed as a producer of ‘Exquisite, Outstanding and Simply Delicious’ food and drink – a fantastic opportunity for visitors to meet artisan producers from the local area and across the country, learn their story and stock up on award winning produce. With over 120 stalls to peruse at each festival, selling everything from Seaweed Seasoning to Champagne Infused Fudge, visitors will be spoilt for choice for what to eat at the festival and take home to enjoy.
Afternoon tea can be enjoyed in the beautifully decorated Vintage Tea Room, where teas, handmade cakes and scones with clotted cream and jam are served on china from a tea trolley by vintage styled tea ladies and gentlemen.
Baking extraordinaire Charlotte White, master chocolatier Fiona Sciolti and top local cake-makers work their baking wizardry on the Cake & Bake stage, inspiring visitors to reach for their whips and spatulas at home and create show-stopping cakes and delicious summer bakes. A neighbouring Chocolate, Cake and Bake Village sells freshly baked breads, sponges, tarts, jellies and trifles to enjoy with a bubble tea or fresh juice.
Into the Jungle
Festival goers can munch their way into the depths of the jungle this summer with a trip to the Vietnamese Street Food stand, where those with a taste for the exotic can indulge in insects, including grasshoppers, caterpillars, mealworms, beetles, scorpions, locus and ants. These tasty critters will also be sold in powder and flour form – a high source of protein – to bake, season and cook with.
For those brave enough, there’s a daily Bush Tucker Trial on the Challenge Stage, where visitors compete against one another by eating jungle insects, from small ants to large juicy grubs, with the contestant eating the biggest and the most being crowned champion.
The Olympic theme continues into the Childrens Cookery School, where little foodies can decorate their very own gold medal with coloured icing, glitter and edible ribbon. Pizza and cupcake making classes also allow kids to explore their taste buds and learn basic cookery skills to practice at home.
The famous Chilli-Eating Challenge continues in 2016, inviting fans of spice to beat an eye-watering 16 million scoville record set by Shahina Waseem last year. Participants start at the low end of the chilli spectrum by eating bell peppers, but things quickly get a lot hotter with Habanero, Scotch and Carolina Reaper (world’s hottest chilli) chillies being added to the menu. Those still standing are then inflicted to pure chilli extract, increasing in strength, until a winner is crowned.
Live Music and Pop-Up Bars
After a day of feasting and fun, visitors can picnic on the grass with friends and soak in the atmosphere with live music from award-winning local bands at the Unsigned Music Awards Stage and a glass of bubbly or refreshing cocktail from the Giant Pimm’s Teapot or Mojito Ship.
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