MasterChef Champion 2017 Saliha Mahmood-Ahmed Joins Line Up along with 3 Girls Cook, the Female Finalists of MasterChef!
Photo credit: Foodies Festival, Syon Park London, 27-29 May
We are delighted to announce that Saliha Mahmood-Ahmed, Winner of MasterChef 2017, will be joining the Foodies Festival Line up for her first live cooking demonstration since winning MasterChef last week. The London doctor says “I’m so excited to join Foodies Festival for my first live cooking demonstration since winning MasterChef. Foodies Festival is the sort of event I always loved going to, and I can’t believe now I’ll be joining the line up of Michelin Starred chefs to inspire fellow foodies in London”. Giovanna Ryan, Lorna Robertson and Alison O’Reilly will also be joining Syon Park Foodies Festival, hot on the heels of their announcement that the 3 talented MasterChef Finalists will be collaborating to run Supper Clubs and private event catering in London.
- Saliha, Winner of MasterChef 2017, joins the line up
- 2017 MasterChef Finalists Lorna, Alison & Giovanna join line up
- Great British Bake Off Winner 2016 Candice Brown & Crème de la Crème Winner Mark Tilling in the Cakes & Desserts Theatre
- Top TV Chef Rosemary Shrager, Michelin Starred Atul Kochhar, Gary Angler and Vineet Bhatia & MasterChef Winner Jane Devonshire in the Chef’s Theatre
- Brand new Healthy Living Zone with Yoga by yogahaven & Lululemon
- The best of London’s street food in the Street Food Village
- Champagne, Wine, Gin & Craft Beer Masterclasses
- Giant Pimm’s Pot, Mojito Ship, Breaking Bad Bus & the Rum Galleon
- The UK’s best unsigned bands on the Live Music Stage
- Award-Winning producers, A Cake Off Competition & chilli-eating contest
The UK’s favourite food, drink and wellbeing festival returns to Syon Park this May Bank Holiday with Britain’s “Gastronomic Glastonbury” set to be bigger, better and busier than ever. The festival is set within the stunning 200 acre grounds of Syon Park Estate, where visitors can enjoy the countryside only 30 minutes train ride from Central London.
We are also thrilled that Candice Brown, Winner of Great British Bake Off 2016, lippy in one hand and spatula in the other, will be baking up a storm in our Cakes and Desserts Theatre for two demonstrations at our Bristol Foodies Festivals. Candice says “I’m excited to return Foodies Festival for 8 of their festivals across the UK this summer, with two baking demonstrations a day giving me the chance to share my favourite recipes with so many of my fans and fellow bakers”.
Cakes & Desserts Theatre
From Great British Bake Off winner Candice Brown to baking extraordinaire Charlotte White and Crème de la Crème Winner Mark Tilling, master chocolatier Fiona Sciolti and top local cake-makers and patisserie chefs, the Cakes and Desserts theatre is set to expand to include not only top local bakers but also local chefs renowned for their outstanding desserts. From delectable desserts to show-stopping cake towers, these chefs and bakers will be inspiring visitors to reach for their spatulas and whisks at home to recreate their delicious summer bakes. Avid bakers can get hands on with our practical baking masterclasses or bring along your best bake to enter our very own Foodies Bake Off competition judged at 3pm each day with a KitchenAid Mini for the winner! The Chocolate, Cake and Dessert Village with freshly baked breads, sponges, tarts, jellies and desserts gives you the opportunity to taste, decorate and learn from local experts. Afternoon tea can be enjoyed in the beautifully decorated Vintage Tea Room, where teas, handmade cakes and scones with clotted cream and jam are served on china from a tea trolley by vintage styled tea ladies and gentlemen, and vintage music for ambience.
Chefs Theatre in Association with Stoves
Foodie fans can look forward to a celebrity and Michelin-starred chef line-up in the Chefs Theatre this summer, with Britain’s top chefs showcasing their culinary skills and inspiring the audience with their delicious dishes. There will be a focus on culinary wellness, with farm-to-table dishes, sugar-free cooking and ‘feel good’ food trends.
Top chefs in the Chef’s Theatre include:-
- Anjula Devi – TV Chef & Author
- Rosemary Shrager – Judge on BBC’s The Big Family Cooking Showdown
- Atul Kochhar – Twice Michelin Starred Chef at Benares
- Gary Angler – Michelin Star Chef at Angler
- Adebola Adeshina – The Petersham Hotel
- Jane Devonshire – MasterChef Winner 2016
- Jack Layer & Billy Wright – MasterChef Finalists 2016
- Christian Edwardson – Bonnie Gull
- Dhruv Baker – The Jolly Gardener & MasterChef Winner 2010
- Juanita Hennessey & Saira Hamilton – MasterChef Cook Off!
- Vineet Bhatia – Michelin Star Chef at Vineet Bhatia London
- Miguel Barclay – One Pound Meals
- Tony Rodd – MasterChef Finalist 2015
- Ugne Bubnaityte – Great British Bake Off Finalist
Jane Devonshire says “I’m really excited to return to the Chef’s Theatre at Foodies Festival this summer in Brighton, Manchester and Edinburgh. I love Foodies Festival and being a part of the show, having taken part last year shortly after winning MasterChef. When I’m not in the Chef’s Theatre you’ll find me exploring the exhibitor stalls to see what delicious treats are on offer, getting lured in by the Street Food Village or chatting to visitors. I love the opportunity to cook for my fans and to pass on my cooking tips to fellow foodies.”
When asked about returning to Foodies Festival, Rosemary Shrager said “I love cooking in the Chef’s Theatre at Foodies Festival and I’m really looking forward to returning to the Foodies kitchen this year. I love having the opportunity to share my top tips with the visitors at the festival and to inspire aspiring chefs to try out new recipes at home, not to mention the excuse to wander around the foodie delights at the festival itself!”
The Art of Healthy Living in Association with Lululemon & yogahaven
Let Foodies Festival inspire you this summer with a focus on health and wellness in the Healthy Living Zone at each festival. Ask your health and fitness questions or learn delicious healthy recipes from top chefs or join a masterclass. Nutrition expert and Great British Bake Off finalist Ugne Bubnaityte will be cooking mouth-watering ‘Healthy Living & Guilt Free Recipes’ and Nomad Health gluten free baking who will teach you how to have your cake and eat it.
The zen healthy living area will be providing a daily timetable of yoga classes from 11.30-4.30 from top local yoga studio yogahaven and Lululemon, all included with the price of your ticket. Alongside this, talks from industry leaders and demonstrations from the UK’s top nutritionists will arm you with all the knowledge and inspiration you’ll need to keep healthy and still enjoy delicious food. Let top healthy chefs like Anjula Devi arm you with the tools to improve your lifestyle and become healthier and happier without fad diets and instead with delicious recipes. Browse, buy and speak with experts in the healthy living shopping area with a hand picked selection of the best health, fitness and nutrition brands to keep you glowing long after you leave the festival.
Kids Zone and Kids Cookery School
The Kids Cookery School is a chance for the whole family to join in while the children are introduced to new food and flavours from around the world. There will be fun science inspired kids cookery with Kiddy Cook leading classes on ‘Marvellous Microbes’, science experiments you can eat, making sherbet and ‘Fizz! Bang! Wallop!’ classes on how Co2 makes dough rise as they make bread bubble bombs, carbon dioxide rockets and delicious dough balls with homemade garlic butter with the kids. In addition there will be outdoor activities, simple crafts, toys, books, bouncy castles and trampolines, giant hula hoops, giant Jenga, chess and garden games. Private toilets and a nursing area will also be included.
Creative Summer Workshops
Enjoy Creative Summer Workshops by creative chef and Vogue featured food stylist Cicely Violet, with practical masterclasses on how to create Psychedelic Pavlovas, MidSummer Cupcakes or Summer Cocktail Classes. These hands on workshops will continue the theme of healthy living with a creative twist on homemade herbal cordial cocktails and fruit sorbets.
Expert mixologists and sommeliers, including Neil Phillips and Charles Metcalfe, will host a full timetable of masterclasses on wine, whisky and champagne and cheese tastings in the Drinks Theatre each day. There’s a Beer for That will be leading beer and food pairings whilst Dark Horse wine will be offering Cabernet Sauvignon with goats-cheese ice cream (trust us, it’s delicious!) so there’s something for everyone.
Cook with Critters: Creative Healthy Living
There is a new bug-eating trend in healthy living, with Chef Dan Barber having declared that “Sushi of 30 years ago is the insects of today”. Don’t shy away from this new trend too quickly, as the insect food industry is booming and the Vietnamese Street Food Stand will be demonstrating how to cook with critters and the health benefits of doing so. Stop by to learn about the benefits of chocolate-dipped and candy-coated worms, scorpions, locusts, ants, caterpillars, mealworms and crickets! These tasty critters will also be sold in powder and flour form – a high source of protein – to bake, season and cook with. For those brave enough, there’s a daily Bug-Eating Contest, where visitors compete against one another by eating jungle insects, from small ants to large juicy grubs, with the contestant eating the biggest and the most being crowned champion. The famous Chilli-Eating Challenge also continues in 2017, inviting fans of spice to compete in a challenge for only the bravest of visitors!
Street Food Avenue
Now in its 12th year, Foodies Festival attracts street food vendors from around the world, offering visitors the chance to take a culinary trip to all corners of the world. Japanese, Thai, Malaysian, Argentinian, Turkish, Indian, Korean, Mexican, French and African are just some of the flavours to feast on this summer. With everything from Crème Brulee campervans to flavours of Morocco and paella, we challenge you not to be lured in by the sensory overload of the Street Food Avenue.
Artisan Producers Market
A stunning array of Great Taste Award winners will be exhibiting at Foodies Festival 2017, each being hailed as a producer of ‘Exquisite, Outstanding and Simply Delicious’ food and drink. This is a fantastic opportunity for visitors to meet artisan producers from the local area and across the country, ask questions about their produce and story, and stock up on award winning produce. With over 200 stalls to peruse at each festival, visitors will be spoilt for choice while they meander between smoked salmon tasting stands, outstanding local cheeses, melt-in-your-mouth brownies, award-winning oils and chutneys, and much, much more.
Live Music, Restaurant Tents and Pop-Up Bars
Find out why Foodies Festival was hailed the “Gastronomic Glastonbury” by dancing along to the live music on our Entertainment Stage together with Success Express, with local favourites taking to the stage. Enjoy the music and soak up the atmosphere with a glass of Pimms from the Giant Pimm’s Teaport, rum cocktails from the Rum Galleon Ship, gin and tonic from the Giant Gin Pot or bask in the sun atop the double-decker BarBus.
VIP in association with Borgo Molino: The Red Carpet Welcome
The Foodies Festival VIP experience will be taken to a new level in 2017, with champagne tasting sessions held in the comfort of the VIP area, complimentary glass of fizz in hand courtesy of Borgo Molino. The VIP lounge will also have a new deli and gourmet snacks area and complimentary, exclusive Foodies Festival tote bags with VIP goodies inside. Live music on the VIP acoustic music stage will add to visitors’ luxury experience in VIP and make their time at Foodies Festival all the more memorable.
- Art of Health Living and Balanced Lifestyle
- Grow Your Own
- Brand New Creative Summer Workshops
- Michelin-star, celebrity and top local chefs cooking in the Chefs Theatre
- More award-winning producers than ever before
- Champagne, wine, gin, rum and craft beer masterclasses
- Bug-Eating competition and the famous Chilli-Eating Challenge
- Live Music from local bands at the Unsigned Music Awards Stage
- Burlesque Baker Charlotte White and patisserie chefs whipping up summer bakes in the Cakes & Desserts Theatre
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Notes to editors
Remaining 2017 venues and dates:
London, Syon Park: May 27, 28, 29
Newcastle, Exhibition Park: June 2, 3, 4
Birmingham, Cannon Hill Park: June 23, 24 & 25
London, Blackheath Common: July 7, 8, 9
Cheshire, Tatton Park: July 14, 15 & 16
Edinburgh, Inverleith Park: August 4, 5 & 6
London, Alexandra Palace: August 26, 27 & 28
Oxford, South Parks: September 1, 2, 3
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Tickets are on sale now at www.foodiesfestival.com
London ticket prices:
Friday adult ticket £12.00/£10.00 concession
Saturday or Sunday adult ticket £15.00/£13.00 concession
Three day adult ticket £25.00/£18.00 concession
VIP day ticket £48.00/£45.00 Friday – includes a welcome glass of bubbly, use of the VIP area with private bar and refreshment, priority entry to food and drink masterclasses, exclusive new VIP only food and drink masterclasses, showguide, and a tote goody bag to take home.
Outside London ticket prices:
Friday adult ticket £10.00/£8.00 concession
Saturday or Sunday adult ticket £13.00/£11.00 concession
Three day adult ticket £20.00/£16.00 concession
VIP day ticket £38.00/£35.00 Friday – includes a welcome glass of bubbly, use of the VIP area with private bar and refreshment, priority entry to food and drink masterclasses, exclusive VIP only masterclasses, showguide, and goody bag to take home.
Children aged 12 and under go free to all Foodies Festivals when accompanied by an adult.
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About Foodies Festival:
Foodies Festival launched in 2005 with a single event at an Edinburgh hotel after founder Sue Hitchen noticed a gap in the Edinburgh market for a food festival. Over the last 12 years Foodies Festival has expanded across the UK, and in 2015 celebrated its 10th anniversary with 13 festivals (10 summer and 3 winter events). It is now the largest food and drink festival in the UK. To date, Foodies has welcomed over 3 million visitors and helped launch hundreds of new businesses and supported thousands of small producers. Foodies Festival proudly celebrates local produce in each festival region and showcases the most exciting and talented chefs, bakers and producers in the UK.