‘Gastro-Glasto’ returns to Brighton for bank holiday

STARS from MasterChef and Bake Off are set to take part in a food festival dubbed “Gastro-Glastonbury”.

The three-day Foodies Festival is set to return to Preston Park in Brighton, with celebrity chefs competing against each other in a race against the clock to create the best dish.

A street food avenue will also offer exotic and unusual dishes, while star bakers are set to whip up desserts, including the best in vegan baking.

MasterChef champion Kenny Tutt, Bake Off’s Lottie Bedlow and Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch bread expert Jack Sturgess are among the chefs making an appearance at the event next weekend.

Mr Tutt said: “It’s great to be invited back to Foodies Festival again this year and to be cooking some exciting new dishes.

“Foodies puts a spotlight on some of our region’s best local restaurants and producers, and really celebrates good food and drink. But not only that, it’s always such a brilliant weekend of entertainment.”

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A legion of chefs from Michelin-starred and award-winning restaurants will give the festival a distinctive local flavour, including Chef Brice from The Salt Room in Brighton, Alun Sperring from The Chilli Pickle and Duncan Ray, chef-patron from The Little Fish Market.

Scouting For Girls, The Feeling and Lee Ryan and Simon Webbe from boy band Blue will be taking to the stage for the festival.

Masterclasses in cocktail making, as well as champagne, beer, cider and wine tasting will also be at the event, with world chilli eating champion Shahina Waseem challenging those brave enough to compete.

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Foodies Festival director, Sue Hitchen said: “Foodies Festival Brighton celebrates the start of summer and we are delighted to be back at our new venue Preston Park on the May Bank Holiday weekend.

“The festival has become a meeting point for friends and family to enjoy a great weekend of delicious food, live music and fun.”

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