Easter food festival at Chester Racecourse


So Cheshire partner feature


This Easter, Chester Food and Drink Festival promises visitors so much more… with so many interactive events on offer for visitors.

The event is the largest of its type held anywhere in the UK with over 150 exhibitors and more than 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 running cookery demonstrations throughout the Easter weekend.

There is a chance for 40 festival visitors to become a judge in the annual “Sausage of the Festival” competition and there are many places around the festival for visitors to sit back and enjoy everything that is on offer.

Celebrity chef Brian Mellor, owner of Harthill Cookery School, will be teaching people how to improve their BBQ skills.

Brian will have eight Weber BBQs set up with regular sessions each day showing how to avoid the usual burnt offerings! He explained: “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.”

Back again in 2018 will be the children’s cooking classes with James Holden running these very popular taster sessions.

James commented: “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 understandably very excited about the 2018 event, and she told us her and her team are ready for a busy Easter.

“We think this year’s event delivers on every level,” she enthused. “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 31st March to 2nd April and online tickets cost just £6 for adults with children under 12 free.

For more information about the Festival or to buy online discounted tickets go to


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