Foodies Festival: summer of food and drink

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A look ahead at this summer’s Foodie Festivals

Foodies Festival, the UK’s biggest celebration of food and drink, has announced nine festivals for summer 2014. It begins with Foodies Festival on Brighton Hove Lawns on May 3, 4 and 5, which will be followed by two new festivals held at historic houses through a new partnership with English Heritage. They will be in the riverside parkland of Marble Hill House near Richmond, south-west London, from Saturday May 24 to Monday May 26 and then at the newly restored Kenwood House on Hampstead Heath, London, on Friday May 20 to Sunday June 1.

Foodies Festival will then return to Clapham Common in south London from June 6 to 8, Bristol Harbourside from July 11 to 13, Tatton Park in Cheshire from July 18 to 20, Edinburgh’s Inverleith Park from August 8 to 10, Battersea Park in south London from August 15 to 17, and Oxford’s South Parks from August 23 to 25.

Now in its ninth year, Foodies Festivals is set to attract 250,000 visitors over the summer across the festivals – both consumers and those working in the bar and restaurant trade. This year’s events welcome an extensive array of top chefs and Masterchef finalists, with demonstrations in the Aga Rangemaster Chefs’ Theatre.

Visitors can relax on hay bales in the new real ale and cider farm which hosts local craft brewers and cidermakers while, in the Drinks Theatre, they can taste a selection of beers and ales, hosted by beer expert Melissa Cole. This year there will also be a Cocktail Theatre where leading local mixologists will demonstrate their skills with hands-on classes. Alongside a new emphasis on cocktail and food matching, visitors will vote for the best cocktail of the day. Other speakers in the Drinks Theatre will include wine expert Charles Metcalfe.

Other new features include a Chocolate, Cake, Bake and Preserves Theatre which hosts top pastry chefs, chocolatiers, bakers, sugarcraft experts, jam and preserve makers, featuring the likes of John Whaite, winner of the BBC’s Great British Bake Off. Products will be on sale in a new Chocolate, Baking and Preserves Village.

A new outdoor BBQ Arena will feature a purpose-built barbecue stage with demonstrations from outdoor cooking expert Rob Kennedy. A new chilli food market will host chilli growers and artisan producers of sauces, chilli sweets and jams, plus a daily Chilli Eating Challenge. At a new Feasting Tent next to the Wine Village, Restaurant Arena and Street Food Avenue, visitors can enjoy eating with the chefs at long feasting tables.

The Restaurant Arena will boast top local restaurants serving their signature recipes, while the Street Food Avenue will sell ready-to-eat food from around the world. The Producers’ Market will sell local artisanal produce, with stands from award-winning Guild of Fine Food producers. The festivals will also host live music acts every day. Participants confirmed for 2014 include Sipsmith gins and vodka, Martin Miller’s Gin, Chapel Down English wines, Monkey Shoulder whisky and Ginger Grouse, the ready-to-drink whisky and ginger ale mix.

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Foodies Festivals tickets are available from or by calling 0844 995 1111. A one-day adult ticket is £12 (£10 concession), a three-day adult ticket is £18 (£15 concession) and a one-day VIP ticket is £38 (or £35 on Fridays). VIP tickets include a glass of champagne on arrival, access to the VIP tent, with its own private bar, tea, coffee and refreshments and views of the entertainment stage, a goody bag and priority entry in theatre and masterclass sessions.

Bar magazine readers can buy two tickets for the price of one for any of the festivals by visiting or by calling 0844 995 1111, quoting the code “BAR241”.

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