Save your plate for the sixth consecutive Woking Food and Drink Festival which, once again, promises to deliver a ‘pizza’ the foodie action and a lot of bang for your ‘duck’!
The triple award-winning event, hosted in Woking town centre, is fully stocked to host another magnificent mezze of culinary delights, from Friday 31 August to Sunday 2 September.
Top-drawer celebrity chefs in the Tante Marie Culinary Academy Theatre
International Emmy nominated Ching He Huang is set to show off her style of modern Chinese cooking. Born in Taiwan, raised in South Africa and UK, cookery was a vital connection between Ching and her Chinese heritage. She regularly presents cookery TV shows and is an author of seven best-selling cookbooks.
Worthing based bank manager, Kenny Tutt triumphed over 55 contestants during the seven-weeks of closely contested heats. He was crowned MasterChef Champion 2018, following his final three-course meal which impressed judges, John Torode and Gregg Wallace, who described his food as ‘restaurant-style perfection’ and ‘make-my-heart-thump fantastic’.
The Gangotra Sisters, winners of BBC2’s The Big Family Showdown 2017, will serve up aromatic flavours of Asia. Local business owner, Lorna Gangotra Nanda and her sisters appeared on inaugural BBC TV series which pitched 16 families against each other in a number of food challenges.
Adding another winning combination to the theatre menu will be Saliha Mahmood Ahmed, MasterChef Champion 2017. In front of 6 million TV viewers, Saliha, a passionate home cook, wife, mother and junior doctor, battled against 64 contestants to win the illustrious amateur cook’s title.
Surrey’s crème de la crème
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 (1 Michelin Star), Egham
- Steve Drake, Chef Patron of Sorrel, Dorking, and owner of The Anchor, Ripley
- Fernando Stovell, Director and Chef Patron of Stovell’s, Chobham
- Dan Britten and Jimi Mistry, pop up chefs and restaurateurs
- Jack Sturgess, Bake with Jack owner
- Simon Taylor, Head Butcher and owner of Surrey Hill Butchers, Oxshott
- David Frear, Tante Marie graduate and Patissier at Le Papillion, Woking
- Steve Tremblay, private chef and caterer.
Browse, graze and stock up
Over 80 trader stalls, stretching across the modern, pedestrianised Woking 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.
There’s more to taco ‘bout… a tasty selection of side dishes
As well as foraging amongst the high-quality artisan stalls, tucking into flavoursome street foods and watching the jam-packed line up of demo chefs, there’s also a smorgasbord of foodie and family activities on offer!
- Tante Marie cookery workshops for adults and children*
- Magimix masterclasses*
- bite-size talks hosted by a range of local producers and gastronomic experts
- celebrity book signings
- champagne dinner hosted by Pol Roger*
- live musical and street entertainment.
More information about the festival's interactive activities will be published on this website soon.
Out of this world family fun with The Gastronaut
This is as close as food gets to rock n roll: energetic, funny, amazing and explosive! Fans of Stefan Gates, BBC2 and CBBC TV series, can experience Stefan’s brilliant shows live in Woking!
Combining cookery and mind-blowing science, such as creating plasma in a microwave, custard-powder flame-throwing and more, the two live shows* hosted in the Rhoda McGaw Theatre on Saturday 1 September promise to be an out of this world experience for the whole family!
Tickets can be booked closer to the event at www.atgtickets.com
(* Ticket fees or charity donations apply.)