Returning for the fifth consecutive year, the award-winning Woking Food and Drink Festival is set to host another magnificent mezze of culinary delights, from Friday 1 to Sunday 3 September.
Named the county’s Best Local Food Event by readers of Surrey Life Magazine for two years in succession, the free-to-attend festival is set to dish up another three days of live cookery demonstrations served by Surrey’s top culinary talents and well-known celebrity chefs in the Tante Marie Culinary Academy Theatre, topped off by a bountiful platter of foodie treats for all the family.
Adding to the festival’s previous impressive demo chef credentials, including the likes of Monica Galetti, Michelin masters and many Bake Off winners, the theatre’s stage will be headlined by another seasoned and stellar line up of international chefs.
Michelin maestro, Bruno Loubet, will bring some French flair and finesse to the table. During his glittering international career he founded numerous high profile restaurants and picked up a selection of prestigious awards. His Grain Store restaurant in London gives vegetables an equal billing on the menu and it is driven by an ethical and sustainable approach.
A popular, first time visitor in 2016, Antonio Carluccio OBE, Chef Ambassador for The Clink Charity, will return with fellow Italian and founder of the restaurants, Al Crisci MBE, to highlight the charity’s pioneering and inspirational prisoner rehabilitation programme, which has changed the lives of thousands of former inmates.
Further gastronomic inspiration will be provided by Three Girls Cook – aka Alison O'Reilly, Giovanna Ryan and Lorna Robertson – who appeared on our screens as MasterChef 2017 finalists, impressing the judges with their skill, creativity and determination.
Adding some exotic flavours to the demos will be Chetna Makan, chef, author and Great British Bake Off 2014 semi-finalist, and Olia Hercules, Ukrainian born chef and author named The Observer’s Rising Star of 2015.
The cream of Surrey’s crop
Representing the best of Surrey’s local culinary talent will be:
- Senior instructors from Tante Marie Culinary Academy
- Dougie Balish, Head Chef at The Tudor Room at Great Fosters, Egham – Surrey’s only Michelin Star restaurant
- Steve Drake, Chef Patron at Sorrel, Dorking
- Fernando Stovell, Head Chef at Stovell’s, Chobham
- Ben Piette, Head Chef at London House, West Byfleet
- Dan Britten, Head Chef at The White Horse, Hascombe
- Aneke Spacie, Executive Chef at Waters Edge, Woking
Browse, graze and stock up!
Over 80 exhibitor stalls, stretching across the modern, pedestrianised town centre, will be fully stocked with artisan products, freshly prepared dishes and tipples hailing from producers across the locality, the UK and the World.
Leave room for a tasty selection of side dishes…
The key aims of this year’s festival is to teach visitors more about what they eat and encourage them to push beyond their culinary boundaries.
To celebrate and promote the increasing stature of British wine, the festival welcomes a new wine and cheese zone to the event. Running across all three days, home-grown wine producers will offer samples and opportunities to buy their carefully crafted cuvees. Weybridge based, John Mobbs, lead writer for Great British Wine, will also be on hand to host regular tasting and Q&A sessions.
The learning opportunities continue with the introduction of a tasty menu of bite-size talks* delivered by local producers, gastronomes and chefs, hosted at a range of town centre locations, including Tante Marie Culinary Academy, New Victoria Theatre, The Lightbox and WWF-UK’s The Living Planet Centre.
Visitors can learn about Silent Pool Gin’s history from co-owner Ian McCulloch, wine and food pairings from local sommeliers Thierry de Magneval and John Downes, butchery skills and different cuts of meat from Simon Taylor, Head Butcher of Surrey Hills Butchers, and hear about the importance of creativity and influences of Steve Drake, Head Chef of Sorrel. More bite-size talks and how to book will be confirmed in the near future.
Have fun with Katy Ashworth!
Laugh along with CBeebie’s 'I Can Cook' presenter, Katy Ashworth, during her interactive family fun shows* hosted in the Rhoda McGaw Theatre on Saturday 2 September at 10.30am, 1.30pm and 3pm. Tickets are available to buy now and on the day, subject to availability. Book tickets here.
(*Advance bookings and small ticket fees or charity donations will apply.)
And, there’s more coming soon…
Detailed information about the festival's exciting attractions and online booking details will be published on this website over the coming months.
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