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Nantwich Food Festival organisers prepare to wow in 2024

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The countdown to Nantwich Food Festival 2024 has begun, with festival dates now confirmed as being Friday 30th August to Sunday 1st September 2024.

Exhibitor manager Julian Thompson said three quarters of available exhibitor spaces had already been booked for this year’s event.

He said he was busy assessing the balance of bookings to help identify and fill any gaps to give a good variety of exhibitors.

The planning and organisation of this year’s festival began in late 2023, according to bosses.

They say the annual food festival is a popular community event which brings people into the town to enjoy a wide variety of food experiences and entertainment in a safe and enjoyable atmosphere.

 

Cook along kitchen

A new feature last year, the cook along kitchen, will be returning this year.

Visitors were able to follow recipes, prepare cocktails and enjoy tastings under the guidance of expert chefs and mixologists.

This year there will be sessions for adults and children to join in, organisers say.

They added that these will open for bookings in the summer and are likely to sell out fast.

 

Celebrity chefs

Festival chef organiser, Karen Young said: “Nantwich Food Festival is unique in providing such a high quality event completely free to visitors, so I am thrilled to announce a start to the wonderful line-up of celebrity chefs who will be demonstrating this year.”

Nigel Brown will return as celebrity chef and compere, and Chris Bavin will also be attending.

Chris started his career in fresh produce by working with growers, supplying wholesale markets, first with flowers and plants and later moving to fruit and veg.

He ran The Naked Grocer – one of the very first zero packaging, no plastic retail businesses – for almost a decade.

He appeared in the BBC’s Eat Well For Less in 2013 and has since gone on to present eight series of the show.

He has also presented Tomorrow’s Food, The Truth About Meat, Food: Truth or Scare and Shop Well for the Planet.

Mr Bavin has also appeared as a judge and the resident fruit and veg expert on three series of BBC’s Best Home Cook as well as joining the presenting team on Aldi’s Next Big Thing in 2022 on Channel 4.

His first cookbook, Good Food Sorted was published by DK books in March 2019. His second, called Fakeaway, was published in January 2020.

“We are so looking forward to his informative, fun, and entertaining food demos; it looks that we are in for a real treat,” said Ms Young.

 

Volunteers

Organisers were also keen to point out the role of volunteers in making the food festival happen. 

About 100 volunteers come together each year to stir the event.

Anyone wishing to volunteer is being asked to make a diary note for Tuesday 28th May (7pm) when the first festival volunteer event will take place. 

People can also contact volunteer coordinator Ana Martins, by emailing: volunteers@nantwichfoodfestival.co.uk

 

 

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