Woking Food & Drink Festival 2017



 

Returning for the fifth consecutive year, the award-winning Woking Food and Drink Festival is set to host another magnificent mezze of culinary delights, from Friday 1 to Sunday 3 September.

Named the county’s Best Local Food Event by readers of Surrey Life Magazine for two years in succession, the free-to-attend festival is set to dish up another three days of live cookery demonstrations served by Surrey’s top culinary talents and well-known celebrity chefs in the Tante Marie Culinary Academy Theatre, topped off by a bountiful platter of foodie treats for all the family.

 

 

Top-drawer celebrity chefs

Adding to the festival’s previous impressive demo chef credentials, including Michelin masters and many Bake Off winners, the theatre’s stage will be headlined by another seasoned and stellar line up of international chefs.         

Michelin maestro, Bruno Loubet, will bring some French flair and finesse to the table. During his glittering international career, he founded numerous high profile restaurants and picked up a selection of prestigious awards. His Grain Store restaurant in London gives vegetables an equal billing on the menu and it is driven by an ethical and sustainable approach.

A popular, first time visitor in 2016, Antonio Carluccio OBE, Chef Ambassador for The Clink Charity, will return with fellow Italian and founder of the restaurants, Al Crisci MBE, to highlight the charity’s pioneering and inspirational prisoner rehabilitation programme, which has changed the lives of thousands of former inmates.

Further gastronomic inspiration will be provided by Three Girls Cook – aka Alison O'Reilly, Giovanna Ryan and Lorna Robertson – who appeared on our screens as MasterChef 2017 finalists, impressing the judges with their skill, creativity and determination.

Adding some exotic flavours to the demos will be Chetna Makan, chef, author and Great British Bake Off 2014 semi-finalist, and Olia Hercules, Ukrainian born chef and author named The Observer’s Rising Star of 2015.

The stage line up wouldn’t be complete without the cream of Surrey’s crop! Leading local chefs will showcase their skills, regional produce and talk about their careers and top tips.

 

 

Browse, graze and stock up!

Over 80 exhibitor stalls, stretching across the modern, pedestrianised town centre, will be fully stocked with artisan products, freshly prepared dishes and tipples hailing from producers across the locality, the UK and the World.

 

Leave room for a tasty selection of side dishes…

To celebrate and promote the increasing stature of English wine, the festival welcomes a new wine and cheese zone to the event. Running across all three days, home-grown wine producers will offer samples and opportunities to buy their carefully crafted cuvees.

The learning opportunities continue with the introduction of a tasty menu of Bite-size Talks* delivered by local producers, gastronomes and chefs, hosted at a range of town centre locations, including Tante Marie Culinary Academy, Ambassadors Theatre Lounge, Rhoda McGaw Theatre, The Lightbox and WWF-UK’s The Living Planet Centre.

 

 

Have fun with Katy Ashworth!

Laugh along with CBeebie’s 'I Can Cook' presenter, Katy Ashworth, during her interactive family fun shows* hosted in the Rhoda McGaw Theatre on Saturday 2 September at 10.30am, 1.30pm and 3pm. Tickets are available to buy now and on the day, subject to availability.

 

(*Ticket fees or charity donations will apply. Advance booking is advised.)

 

To find out more, visit www.wokingfoodanddrinkfestival.co.uk or follow on social media at:

 

Twitter: @WokingFoodFest

Facebook:@WokingFoodFest

Instagram:@WokingFoodFest

 

Festival timings:

Friday 1 September: 9.30am to 6pm

Saturday 2 September: 9.30am to 6pm

Sunday 3 September: 10am to 5.30pm

 

Location: Jubilee Square, GU21 6GA

 

Entry: Free-to-attend and unticketed. Some activities will be chargeable and advance bookings are advised.



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