It’s the start of summer when FOODIES FESTIVAL comes to Brighton this May Bank Holiday weekend, returning to Preston Park – with a star-studded line-up of celebrity chefs and chart-topping music stars.
Foodies Festival (dubbed “Gastro-Glasto”) is the biggest touring gourmet food festival in the UK, featuring MasterChef champions, stars of Great British Bake-Off and TV cooking show experts
Award-winning chefs taking part this summer, include: MasterChef: The Professionals 2021 champion Daniel Lee, who’ll be joined in the Chefs Theatre by fellow finalists Aaron Middleton and Daniel Marreiros, MasterChef 2021 champion, Tom Rhodes, and 2018 MasterChef winner, local legend Kenny Tutt.
They will be joined by star bakers, including Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch bread expert Jack Sturgess AKA “Bake with Jack”, Bake Off’s Lottie Bedlow and MasterChef finalist Tony Rodd, who’ll be creating show-stopping cakes and patisseries in the Cake and Bake Theatre.
The music line-up includes: platinum-selling local festival favourites Scouting For Girls, Sussex-based chart-topping noughties band, The Feeling, and Lee Ryan & Simon Webbe from legendary boy band Blue.
A legion of chefs from Michelin-starred restaurants will give the festival a distinctive local flavour, including award-winning restauranteurs and chefs Alun Sperring from The Chilli Pickle and Michael Bremner from 64 Degrees, who’ve both been awarded a Michelin Bib Gourmand.
Also cooking live in the Chefs Theatre will be Chef Brice from The Salt Room, Brighton and other local chefs – Duncan Ray chef-patron from The Little Fish Market and Isaac Bartlett-Copeland, chef-patron at Isaac At.
The high-profile festival has announced thrilling new features and a busy programme of events, in the quest to deliver an unforgettable weekend of fine food, new experiences and exceptional quality, promising a great family day out.
New features for 2022 include:
*Ready Steady Chef! Celebrity chefs from TV’s biggest cooking shows will once again 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 an exciting and often hilarious race against the clock to create the best dish, and to 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 very 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.
*Plant-based cooking will be well represented, with delicious dishes and produce. The Cake & Bake Theatre will be showcasing the best of vegan baking with tips and tricks from the professionals.
*’No and Lo’ alcohol is predicted to be the UK’s biggest drinks trend. Join the experts to taste and compare some of the best products on the market. Other masterclasses in the Drinks Theatre include Cocktail Making, and Champagne, Beer, Cider and Wine tasting.
*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 huge ‘League of Fire’ audiences.
*Supporting rising talent – the Musicians Against Homelessness stage will feature over 40 superb artists across the weekend, with the best of local bands and an introduction to exciting new acts from across the UK.
At the three-day festival, visitors can enjoy the Chefs’ Theatre, Cake & Bake Theatre, Drinks Theatre, Shopping Village with award winning artisan producers, 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 – and to try a huge selection of delicious food and drink from around the world.
Dates and Tickets
Preston Park, Preston Road, Brighton BN1 6SD
30th April – 2nd May 2022
Early Bird Adult Day ticket £19 (on the door £25)
Weekend ticket £38 (on the door £47)
Children aged 12 and under £3
*Entry to all theatres is included in the ticket price
Tickets are on sale now at www.foodiesfestival.com and 0844 9951111