Foodies Festival is back at Tatton Park this week, with a star-studded line-up of celebrity chefs and chart-topping music stars.
The event, dubbed the Glastonbury of Gastronomy is the biggest touring gourmet food festival in the UK.
It features MasterChef champions alongside stars of Great British Bake-Off and The Great British Menu, as well as Michelin starred chefs and platinum-selling music headliners.
Award-winning chefs taking part this summer include MasterChef The Professionals 2021 champion Daniel Lee, MasterChef 2021 champion Tom Rhodes and MasterChef 2021 finalist David Rickett.
Great British Menu star Stuart Collins (chef and co-owner of Docket No 33, in Shropshire) will be cooking up a treat, while Warrington-born MasterChef star Liam Rogers will make a welcome return to the region to showcase his finest dishes.
Liam said: I’m super excited to be cooking at Foodies Festival and to be back in Cheshire.
“It’s a great chance for me to showcase my food to a great audience and interact with some lovely people!
Top local chefs
Brazilian chef and star of Great British Menu 2022 Caroline Martins from Sao Paulo restaurant in Manchester will be cooking live, as will chef-patron Adam Reid of The French at the Midland Hotel in Manchester and Aiden Byrne who is chef-patron of The Church Green in Lymm.
Also cooking live will be MasterChef 2015 champion (and chef-patron from Wood restaurant in Manchester) Stuart Wood as well as Sean Noonan from Cottons Hotel in Knutsford.
Sean said: “I’m looking forward to the Foodies Festival coming to Tatton Park and to showcasing our food at Cottons Hotel to the people of Cheshire.
“It’s great that it’s on our doorstep of Knutsford, and It will be great to cook a dish from our current al a carte menu, and show the importance of local and seasonal food and produce”
Cake and bake
Great British Bake Off stars making showstoppers in the Cake and Bake Theatre will include 2021 favourites Freya Cox and Lizzie Acker plus winner of ‘Platinum Pudding for The Queen’s Jubilee’ Jemma Melvin, who’ll be creating her scrumptious dessert in front of a live audience.
The copywriter from Southport created a lemon Swiss roll and amaretti trifle, which won over the judges – including Mary Berry and Monica Galetti.
Jemma said: “I am such a fan of the Foodies Festival and I love the one in my local area at Tatton Park.
“It’s quite surreal to think that this year I’ll be on the other side of the demo stage with one of my own creations!”
New for Friday, Foodies launch their ‘Big Party Night’ taking a nostalgia-filled trip back to the 90s, featuring some of the biggest music acts of the era, including: Rozalla, East 17, S Club and a 90s DJ.
The music line-up also includes platinum-selling chart-toppers Lee Ryan and Simon Webbe from legendary boy band Blue as well as festival favourites Toploader.
Dan Hipgrave from Toploader, said: “We are properly excited to be performing at this years Foodies Festival in Tatton Park.
“What more could a band want than a stage to perform on in a beautiful setting, awesome food and free flowing drinks in the sunshine. Bring it on and see you there!”
BBC drinks expert Joe Wadsack will share his passion and advice in the Drinks Theatre, alongside many other experts presenting masterclasses.
Visitors can take part in Champagne, beer, cider and wine tasting as well as cocktail making.
New for 2022
New features for 2022 include:
– Ready Steady Chef! Celebrity chefs will compete against each other, turning up the heat in the Chefs’ Theatre. Presented with a bag of surprising ingredients chosen by their competitors, it will be a race against the clock to create the best dish and win the public vote.
– Meet the authors and discover new recipes in the Cook Book Shop, with celebrity signings and top chefs showcasing their latest cookbooks.
– Go global and browse the latest world food trends in the Shopping Village and try exotic and unusual new dishes on Street Food Avenue. The incredible range includes tantalising delicacies from all four corners of the globe.
– World Chilli Eating Champion Shahina Waseem will join the tour and challenge those brave enough to compete. Competitions will be broadcast live across the world to League of Fire audiences.
– Keep the children entertained with the opportunity for the youngsters to get creative in the Kids Cookery School, hosted by Foodies super chefs. And for those little (and big) thrill seekers, a funfair, sand art, toy stalls, face painting and family friendly areas with activities.
– Support rising talent as the Musicians Against Homelessness stage will feature more than 40 artists across the weekend, with local bands and exciting new acts from across the UK.
– Plant-based cooking will be well represented too, with delicious dishes and produce available. The Cake & Bake Theatre will be showcasing the best of vegan baking with tips and tricks from the professionals.
A packed programme
The festival promises a packed programme of events, and an unforgettable weekend of fine food, new experiences and exceptional quality.
Visitors can enjoy the Chefs’ Theatre, Cake & Bake Theatre, Drinks Theatre, Shopping Village, Street Food Avenue, Feasting Tent, Cook Book Shop, Kids’ Cookery School, fairground, live music stage and family-friendly areas with activities for children.
Over 200 exhibitors will showcase their produce, providing festival-goers with a fantastic opportunity to sample the best of the region – plus a selection of food and drink from around the world.
Foodies Festival director, Sue Hitchen said: “We are delighted to be returning to Tatton Park this summer.
“The festival has become a meeting point for friends and family to enjoy a great weekend of delicious food, live music and fun.”
Tatton Park, Rostherne Gate, Ashley Road, Knutsford, WA16 6SG
8th – 10th July 2022
Tickets are on sale now.