Festival 2019

The multi award-winning Woking Food and Drink Festival is back for the seventh consecutive year, from Friday 30 August to Sunday 1 September 2019.

Spread across Woking town centre’s main pedestrian areas, Surrey's biggest free to attend food and drink festival has all the right ingredients to serve up three days of delicious feasting, fun entertainment and interactive activities for all the family.

Watch culinary masters in action

Taking centre stage in Jubilee Square, the purpose-built Woking Shopping Demo Theatre, supported by international culinary innovator Magimix, is home to 20 live cookery demonstrations, featuring talented and highly regarded celebrity and local chefs.

The festival is delighted to welcome back, Sabrina Ghayour – the ‘golden girl of Persian cookery’ (The Observer). Sabrina’s exotic recipes are packed full of flavour, yet surprisingly unfussy to recreate.

Her busy and successful career includes the publication of four successful cookbooks, running cookery classes and supper clubs, and regular TV guest presenter slots on BBC’s Saturday Kitchen.

Other famous faces include Surrey based Chris Bavin, co-presenter on BBC’s Eat Well For Less and Martha Collinson, Great British Bake Off quarter finalist, Waitrose food columnist and cookbook author.

Also joining the TV line-up will be Laurence Henry, the reigning BBC MasterChef: The Professionals winner and Mark Tilling, chocolatier and winner of the first series of Bake Off Crème de la Crème.

Honouring Surrey’s cream of the crop, the festival will once again showcase some of the region’s finest restaurants and chefs, including Michelin masters Steve Drake, chef patron of Sorrel in Dorking and Tony Parkin, head chef for the Tudor Room at Great Fosters in Egham.

Completing the demo stage line-up includes:

Don’t miss your chance to meet and greet well-known chefs at the festival’s exclusive book signing sessions.

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Browse, graze and stock up

Forage amongst over 80 food and drink traders, which will be fully stocked with artisan products, freshly prepared dishes and tipples hailing from the locality, the UK and across the world.

Augment your visit with the festival’s free mobile visitor app, courtesy of Woking based tech company, Aligned Assets. Using its cutting-edge technology, the app will provide trader stall details, festival information and more at the touch of button.

Tickle your tastebuds with something new

Want to add some extra flavour to your visit? The festival will be offering a selection of wine masterclasses and tastings* and, new for this year’s event, pop up dining experiences* at a number of independent venues around the town.

The menu includes a curry supper club hosted by The Little Indian Kitchen, jazz brunch and afternoon tea on the terrace.

More information, including how to book, will be available closer to the event.

Hungry for more?

When planning your visit, save space for the free bite-size talks taking place on Saturday 31 August and Sunday 1 September.

Hosted in the Surrey Life Entertainment Tent, compere Hersha Patel will chat with a panel of local producers and experts about their tricks of the trade and specialist knowledge on a range of subjects, including English wine, brewing, gin distilling, beekeeping, butchery, spices, veganism and more!

Entertainment for all the family

Once again, there’s a smorgasbord of family entertainment on the menu. Whether it’s getting sticky fingers at the children’s cup cake decorating workshops*, creating culinary inspired masterpieces at the arts and crafts workshops, watching the humorous street entertainers, listening to the live music, you’re sure to be entertained!

For those that like it hot, look out for the live HotPods chilli eating competition set to take place in the demo theatre on Saturday 31 August.

(* Some festival activities will be subject to ticket fees, charity donations or book prices.)

Bookings and more information

The three day festival is free to attend. Some activities will be subject to advance booking and ticket fees. More information will be available closer to the event and via the festival's enewsletters and social media accounts.

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