The attractions of food festivals

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We all want to know how to cook it!

One of the great TV successes of the last year has been the Great British Bake-Off and it was a cookery book that was the best seller last year. Does the same appeal extend to us visiting food festivals and food shows? Do these events attract us for days-out?

What started off as a one- off foodie festival has expanded to eight different locations and 600,000 of us have visited them.

Take the largest which will be held this weekend in Knutsford, Cheshire at Tatton Park. An array of culinary activities has been organised.
Top chefs, including David Mooney of the New Moon Pub Company, star of the BBC’s Great British Menu Mary-Ellen McTague of Aumbry, Thai restaurant Chaophraya’s executive chef Kim Kaewkraikhot, celebrity chef Rachel Green, Brent Hulena from Hipping Hall, Malaysian chef Norman Musa of Ning, and brownie queen Justine Forrest will cook their signature dishes live in the Chefs’ Theatre and explain how amateur cooks can prepare the same dishes at home. This year’s festival will be bigger than ever with a ‘bake-along’ audience participation sessions with Electrolux, cake demonstrations by Ruth Clemens and Emilly Ladybird, who will be creating a “gin and tonic cake”.

Other things happening during the festival include;
• Chocolate Theatre to showcase the world of chocolate and confectionary with daily demonstartions
• BBQ classes and competitions
• Wine Village, bringing together producers and wine regions from across the world.
• Dining and VIP area serving signature dishes from top local restaurants
• Drinks Theatre: be amongst first people in the UK to sample hundreds of products as well as brush up on their knowledge at the daily wine, ales and spirits masterclasses .
• Producers’ Market sells a vast array of artisan produce from the local area and incorporates the Guild of Fine Food award-winning British produce.
• Street Food Avenue: enjoy the huge selection of ready-to-eat hot and cold food from around the world including hog roasts, exotic meats, tapas, churros, burritos, Moroccan tagines, South American prime beef, sausages, pizza, Jamaican and Thai street food.
• Children’s Cookery Theatre: Kiddy Cook director Nikki Geddes said: “We’ll get the children making carbon dioxide rockets and bread bubble bombs to show them the chemical reaction that makes bread rise. They’ll learn the difference between taste and flavour and think about the effect sound has on their ability to eat.”
• A City Beach has been built where families can chill out on deckchairs with an artisan ice-cream or an afternoon tea whilst children build sandcastles.
• Live music acts performing every day.

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