Foodies Festival

Foodies Festival

Foodies Festival - Credit: Archant

Foodies Festival Launches New Festival at The Downs in Bristol to Celebrate 10th Anniversary 26-28th June

Foodies Festival

Foodies Festival - Credit: Archant

Foodies Festival, the UK’s biggest celebration of food and drink, returns to Bristol this weekend 26,27,28th June celebrating its 10th anniversary at its new grass site on The Downs. Gourmands of all ages and levels can look forward to the ultimate foodie day out with Michelin-star and celebrity chefs cooking live, a vast array of artisan producers, new food and drink theatres and more street food than you can shake a satay stick at!

The Aga Rangemaster Chefs Theatre welcomes Great British Bake Off winner* John Whaite, local MasterChef winner Ping Coombes and Michelin-star chefs Jonray and Peter Sanchez Iglesias of Casamia, who will cook their favourite summer recipes and inspire visitors to experiment with new flavours and ingredients.

Top chefs appearing at Foodies Festival Bristol include:

- Ping Coombes - MasterChef winner 2014

- Jonray & Peter Sanchez - Casamia

- John Whaite - Great British Bake Off winner

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- Romy Gill - Romy’s Kitchen

- Xanthe Clay - Food Writer

- Larkin Cen - MasterChef finalist 2013

- Angela Langford - MasterChef finalist 2014

- Mat Follas - The Casterbridge and MasterChef winner

MasterChef winner Ping Coombes will also launch her new street food pop-up ‘Chairman Ping’. Ping commended ’I’m incredibly excited and so looking forward to officially launching Chairman Ping and our Signature Pork Bun at Bristol Foodies Festival on The Downs this weekend.’

Chairman Ping joins the Street Food Avenue, a feasting hub at the heart of the festival, offering a huge selection of hot and cold dishes from around the world. Japanese, Thai, Brazilian, Argentinian, Indian, Mexican, French and African are just some of the cuisines visitors can tuck into in the Feasting Tent.

Visitors to the festival can look forward to toasting Foodies’ big year in the New Wine and Champagne Theatre with experts Neil Phillips and Charles Metcalfe, who will guide visitors through this season’s best wines and champagnes from the UK and around the world, while beer expert Melissa Cole hosts masterclasses in the New Craft Beer Theatre *matching foods with craft beers.

A New Tasting Theatre invites festival-goers to discover new tastes and learn new skills with Confectionary Made Easy classes from boutique chocolate maker Fiona Sciolti, Morgan Jupe and Vin D’am wine tastings, and a sausage making and tasting masterclass with Great British Sausage.

The Cake & Bake Theatre is an inspiration for passionate bakers with top local cake makers and bakeries sharing their tips for baking delicious summer cakes. Visitors can also enjoy 3D cake modelling, Chocolate Making and Sugar-Craft masterclasses and a complementing Chocolate, Cake and Bake Village selling bakes, jams, gadgets and baking essentials.

With over 200 exhibitors in the Artisan Producers Market selling award winning cheeses, wines, bakes and condiments; festival-goers will be spoilt for choice with samples and for what to buy to take home and enjoy - a perfect setting to meet the producers and share their passion for food and drink.

For those brave - or foolish enough - the famous Chilli Eating Competition challenges those who like it spicy to try and break the current record of *16 million scoville eaten to win the Chilli Eating Crown - *that’s 6400 times the average chill heat!

Little foodies can explore their taste buds and learn basic skills with Picnic in the Park themed masterclasses in the *Childrens Cookery Theatre*, where Kiddy Cook will show them how to make finger sandwiches, jellies and chocolate bugs.

After a day of food and fun, foodies can relax and soak in the atmosphere with live music from the *Entertainment Stage* and a glass of bubbly or cocktail from the Giant Pimm’s Teapot or Captain Morgan Mojito Ship.