This Easters, Chester Food and Drink festival promises visitors so much more with so many free interactive events for visitors.
The event is the largest of its type held anywhere in the UK with over 150 Food and Drink Exhibitors on show and 30,000 people expected over the 3 days. Headline chefs from the BBC, ITV and Channel 4 feature with Paul Rankin, Chris Bavin and Jun Tanaka as well as the best chefs from around the region over 3 days of free cooking demonstrations on the stage. There is a chance for 40 festival visitors to become a judge in the annual “Sausage of the Festival” competition and many places around the festival to sit and enjoy everything that is on offer.
Harlech Foods are providing free adult cooking classes, where their chefs will be teaching adults how to prepare meals, special knife skills, tricks of the trade and of course the opportunity to eat what you have prepared. Sam Elliott, Head Demonstrator at Harlech said “ This is a fabulous opportunity for us to show people how much fun cooking can be and how easy it is to prepare fresh, good, healthy food. We know people love to cook once they get the confidence and our classes are all about building that confidence.”
Festival Organiser, Briony Wilson said – in our 18th year we just want our customers to have the best food and drink and the opportunity to get involved in every aspect of the industry and with the Harlech Food Classes they get the chance to learn from the experts.”
In addition to these great Cooking Classes, local legend, celebrity chef Brian Mellor, the owner of Harthill Cookery School will be teaching people how to improve their BBQ skills. Brian will have 8 Weber BBQs set up with regular sessions each day showing how to avoid the normal burnt offering as he explains “This is the chance to understand just how much fun cooking outside can be and what it takes to produce great tasting food. I have had so many people say after our sessions they simply didn’t understand what they were doing on the BBQ and now they do. I really enjoy doing this because it produces such great tasting food and of course the customers love it because they get to eat what they have cooked. It’s a real winner with Weber.
Back again in 2018 is the Children’s cooking classes with Academy of Culinary Arts Supremo, James Holden running these very popular taster sessions as he explains “ We have been doing these classes each year for the last 10 years and they just get more and more popular. Every year we have more than 900 children who come and spend time with us cutting, sorting, tasting and enjoying understanding food. We get such a buzz seeing the joy of children cooking and many try things they have never dared before, simply because they have prepared it. It is what events like these are all about.
Briony Wilson is excited about the 2018 event and is ready for a busy Easter. “We think this year’s event delivers on every level. We have over 150 exhibitors with foods from every part of the globe, we have the best chefs on our stages and we have more customer participation events than ever before. We have a great live music stage where families can chill and lots and lots of seating areas for people to simply enjoy great food and drink. In my opinion this is the best £20 for four hours of fun for a family of four that money can buy and it’s the biggest event of its type being staged anywhere in the UK this Easter.
The festival takes place at Chester Racecourse from the 31st March to 2nd April and online tickets are just £6 for adults with children under 12 free.