A gourmet food festival is touring the UK this summer, with champions from MasterChef and The Great British Bake Off topping the bill.
The Foodies Festival promises to celebrate the best of food, drink and music when it returns after a year away due to the pandemic. Each three-day event will also feature entertainment from chart-topping bands such as The Hoosiers, Toploader, Dodgy and pop sensation Sophie Ellis-Bextor.
Patron of Musicians Against Homelessness, Alan McGee commented: “Foodies Festival is the UK’s largest food and drink festival and with such fantastic summer events it seemed a natural link to partner with a festival that reaches the hearts of so many local communities.
“In turn, we’re confident that they can help us raise awareness and funds for our homelessness charity Crisis by bringing popular headliner bands to their stages alongside some of the country’s best unsigned musical talent.”
Festival visitors will experience a Drinks Theatre with cocktail making classes, a Foodies Workshop and opportunities to learn new skills from local experts in the Chef’s Theatre. There will also be cookery demonstrations from celebrity chefs Simon Rimmer, and Matt Tebbutt and Michelin-starred chefs Josh Eggleton and Atul Kochhar.
Also cooking to a live audience will be GBBO favourites Candice Brown and Peter Sawkins, alongside newly-crowned MasterChef 2021 winner, Tom Rhodes, who is excited to be taking part: “I’m a huge fan of Foodies Festival, so I’m over the moon that it’s back this year. As well as all the amazing food, drinks and live music, I’ll be there and can’t wait to share my favourite recipes and quick kitchen tricks.”
Festival Director, Sue Hitchen, said: “We’re really looking forward to celebrating good quality food in each region, bringing top chefs to cook live, with great musical acts to get everyone smiling again.
“As we are outdoors and in local parks, we are able to plan Covid safe festivals, and our experienced Health & Safety team are working closely with local councils across the country to make sure we take all appropriate measures and follow government guidelines to keep everyone safe.
“There has never been a better time to support local restaurants and food producers and we are all ready to enjoy a fun day out with friends.”
The touring festival kicks off at Tatton Park, Cheshire on July 9. A full list of venues and tickets are available from the Foodies Festival website.