Festival is fully stocked with a fusion of interactive activities for all!

11 August 2016

Woking Food and Drink Festival, taking place from 2 to 4 September in Woking Town Centre, is fully stocked and ready to serve up another generous portion of tasty, free demonstrations and interactive activities.

Visitors with a sweet tooth and an eye for something fancy will not want to miss Tante Marie’s Dessert Bar, hosted in its live kitchen at The Restaurant in Commercial Way.

Taking place on each day of the festival, Tante Marie’s teachers and students will demonstrate how to make the Academy’s most popular desserts, including peach melba brown sugar meringues, baby tarte a la russe with blueberries, chocolate fleur de sel macarons, delice au cassis, and spiced apple cake.

The free, rolling demonstrations offer groups of visitors the chance to learn tricks of the trade and ask questions about how to create these delicious and eye catching desserts. The five demonstration desserts will also be sold as a selection box to take away or as a selection plate in The Restaurant.

Adding some fizz to the festival weekend, Cellar Magneval, Woking’s boutique wine bar, will be hosting two English wine masterclasses led by two local vineyards – Greyfriars Vineyard from Puttenham and Albury Estate from Shere.

On the Saturday and Sunday, held at its flagship wine bar in Church Path, wine lovers can sample a selection of each vineyard’s finest wines and learn more about their journeys from the vine to the bottle, along with the complexities involved to create their award-winning blends. Tickets are £10 per person and can be bought in advance from Cellar Magneval or via the festival website. The ticket price includes a souvenir tasting glass, entrance to the masterclass and all wine tastings.

For those with a burning desire to learn more about al-fresco cooking, expert chefs Clover Hutson and Stephanie Moon will ignite novices’ and enthusiasts’ imaginations via a series of BBQ demonstrations on the Broil King BBQ Demonstration Stage. Located in Commercial Way (next to Boots retailer), Clover and Stephanie will reveal that BBQ fayre is not limited to the traditional burger and sausage!

The free demonstrations will illustrate how to BBQ fish and how to create gourmet burgers with all the fixings, desserts, side dishes and create the perfect marinades. And, for the more adventurous or those wishing to experience the thrill of the grill for themselves, willing participants can sign up for free to cook alongside the chefs to create their own masterpieces! Advance bookings are advised via the festival website; spaces are subject to terms and conditions.

Back by popular demand, parents can keep the kids entertained at the festival’s free Children’s Cookery Workshops. The workshops, taking place on three days, offer children the opportunity to discover where the food comes from and how to combine basic ingredients to create delicious items, such as jammy biscuits and rainbow biscuits.

Included in the free timetable will also be Kid’s Food Laboratory workshops, where children can experiment with food and combine simple ingredients to create spectacular results! Experiments include creating jelly eruptions, edible slime and bicarb rockets! Places are limited and advance bookings are advised via the festival website; spaces are subject to terms and conditions.

Also getting into the festival spirit will be Market Walk and WWF-UK. On all three days, Market Walk will host a medley of free family entertainment, including face painting and live performances from Miss Lala, a stilt walker and balloonist. And, just a stone's throw from Jubilee Square, WWF-UK’s Living Planet Centre will open its doors on Friday 2 September for some free family fun, including ‘Recycled Seedy Sunflower’ workshops, seeds to leaves cultivation sessions with The Seed Pantry, ‘Who eats what?’ treasure hunt, fairtrade and community stalls, guest appearances from Polly Panda and more!

Talking about what’s on at the festival this year, Cllr John Kingsbury, Leader of Woking Borough Council, said: “With so much going on at this year’s festival, it is easy to see why this free, award-winning event is so successful.

“Last year, Woking welcomed in excess of 90,000 visitors to the town over the three days. With this year’s festival taking place over the last few days of the school summer holidays, we’re once again anticipating high visitor figures.

“Woking Food and Drink Festival is the largest, free event of this kind in Surrey and we’re proud to host it. For the second year running it has been shortlisted for the Best Local Food Event at the Surrey Life Food and Drink Awards 2016, voted by the readers of the magazine. It’s great recognition for the event, which brings people together to taste something different in the heart of their town.”

Crowned ‘Best Local Food Event’ at the same awards in 2015, Woking Food and Drink Festival returns to the town centre for the fourth year running from Friday 2 and Sunday 4 September 2016 inclusive.

The free to attend festival promises to deliver another a three-day menu of culinary delights, including:

This year’s festival is delivered in partnership with Woking Shopping, and sponsored by Tante Marie Culinary Academy and the Woking Advertiser.