Foodies Festival | Winchester
July 15 @ 12:00 pm - July 17 @ 8:00 pm£19
FOODIES FESTIVAL returns to Winchester in July – 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 Michelin starred chefs
Award-winning chefs in the first wave of announcements, include: MasterChef 2020 champion Thomas Frake, Great British Bake Off 2021 star, Juergen Krauss and MasterChef 2012 champion, Shelina Permaloo.
They will be joined by star bakers, including Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch bread expert Jack Sturgess AKA ‘Bake with Jack’, who’ll be creating show-stopping cakes and patisseries in the Cake and Bake Theatre.
A legion of chefs from some of the regions best restaurants will also join the impressive line-up, giving the festival a distinctive local flavour.
The music line-up includes: chart-topping singer-songwriter, Gabrielle and Lee Ryan & Simon Webbe from legendary boy band Blue. And new for Friday, Foodies launch their ‘Big Party Night’ – taking a nostalgia-filled trip back to the 90s, featuring some of the biggest music acts of the era, including: Rozalla, N-Trance and 911.
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.
*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.
*Keeping the children entertained – an opportunity for the youngsters to get creative in the Kids Cookery School, hosted by Foodies SuperChefs. And for those little (and big!) thrill seekers, a funfair, sand art, toy stalls, face painting and family friendly areas with activities.
*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.
*’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.
*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.
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 150 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.
Shelina Permaloo, said: “It’s great to be heading back to Foodies Festival, the weekends are always buzzing with great food and lovely foodie friends!”
Jack Sturgess, said: “I’ve been demonstrating at food festivals for years and Foodies really is THE ONE; Great vibes and great food in the Cake and Bake Theatre! Sharing what I know about bread and buns with just the HAPPIEST crowd is what Foodies is all about for me, can’t wait to see everyone there.”
Gabrielle, said: “I’m really excited about performing at Foodies Festival, and hope to sample some of the lovely food and drink on offer. Winchester is a beautiful city to visit, especially in the glorious British summertime!”
Lee Ryan and Simon Webbe from Blue said: “We’re looking forward to meeting the Hampshire crowd, and will be singing all of our biggest hits. We’re also looking forward to trying out some incredible food! We’ve had some amazing dishes in the countries we have visited over the years, but to have such a mind-blowing selection from around the world in one place…we can’t wait!”
Foodies Festival director, Sue Hitchen, said: “We are delighted to be returning to Winchester this summer. The festival has become a meeting point for friends and family to enjoy a great weekend of delicious food, live music and fun.”
Musicians Against Homelessness founder, Emma Rule, said: “I’m very pleased to help bring this amazing line-up of artists to Foodies in Winchester. I can’t praise them enough for their generous support in these difficult times.
“The last two years have been incredibly hard for charities and the hospitality industry alike. But together we can and will make a difference.”
Early Bird Adult Day ticket £19 (on the door £25)
Weekend ticket £38 (on the door £47)
Under 12s £3 (on the door £5).
*Entry to all theatres is included in the ticket price