Foodies Festival 2015 – A foodies dream weekend at Hove Lawns!
Celebrate Foodies Festival’s 10th Anniversary Celebrations at Hove Lawns 2nd-4th May 2015
Foodies Festival, the UK’s biggest celebration of food and drink, returns to Hove Lawns this May Bank Holiday launching their 10th anniversary celebrations with celebrity chefs, new tasting theatres, artisan producers and more street food than you can shake a satay stick at.
Visitors can look forward to toasting Foodies’ big year in the New Wine and Champagne Theatre, where experts Neil Phillips and Charles Metcalfe will guide visitors through this season’s best bubblies from the south coast and around the world, while beer expert Melissa Cole hosts masterclasses in the New Craft Beer Theatre, matching foods with locally produced craft beers.
An exciting addition to the festival is the New Tasting Theatre with masterclasses designed to introduce festival-goers to the latest foods and flavours including Raw Food, Japanese Soul and Vegan. Sussex based Sarah Watson of Wild Feast will host Wild Herb and Foraging masterclasses, educating visitors where to find and pick wild herbs and how to create delicious wild-inspired cocktails, booze infusions and canapés. Local experts will also guide visitors through Oyster Shucking, Sushi Rolling, Cheese Selecting and Bee Keeping.
Fans of MasterChef can watch 2014 winner Ping Coombes cook her signature dishes from the series in the Chefs Theatre and try her dishes from her Malaysian Pop-Up on the Street Food Avenue. Ping is joined by other TV chefs including Great British Bake Off winner John Whaite and Food Glorious Food judge and Brighton baker Stacie Stewart.
Other Top local chefs appearing at the festival include:
Dave Mothersill – The Coal Shed, Andrew McKenzie – Drakes, Josh Stanzl – Etch, Rob Silverstone – A Mule in Brighton, Douglas McAster – SILO, Alun Sperring – The Chilli Pickle, Matt Follas – The Casterbridge & MasterChef Winner and Saira Hamilton – Small Aubergine.
Cooks of all levels can watch these chefs prepare their favourite Summer recipes in the Chefs Theatre, sharing their top tips for the audience to take away and impress family and friends with at home.
The Cake & Bake Theatre is an inspiration for passionate bakers with top cake makers and bakeries, including Stacie Stewart and ‘She Who Bakes’ author Britt Whyatt sharing their top tips for baking delicious summer cakes. Visitors can also enjoy 3D cake modelling, Chocolate Making and Sugar-Craft masterclasses and a complementing Chocolate, Cake and Bake Village selling bakes, jams, gadgets and baking essentials.
After the introduction of street food to Foodies Festival in 2012, the Street Food Avenue has become a feasting hub, offering a huge selection of hot and cold dishes from around the world. Japanese, Thai, Brazilian, Argentinian, Mexican, French and African are just some of the cuisines visitors can tuck into at communal tables in the Feasting Tent this year.
Biscuit Butter, Snowdonia Cheese, Tipsy Tarts, Marshmallow Haven and Linseed Farm join the 200 exhibitors in the Artisan Producers Market, where visitors can meet the producers and sample award winning cheeses, wines, bakes and condiments to buy and take home to enjoy.
The famous Chilli Eating Challenge returns to the festival this summer, with those brave enough invited to try and break last year’s record of 14 varieties of chillies eaten, to win the Chilli Eating Crown.
Little foodies can explore their taste buds and learn basic skills with Picnic in the Park themed masterclasses in the Childrens Cookery Theatre, where Kiddy Cook will show them how to make finger sandwiches, jellies and chocolate bugs.
After a day of feasting and fun, foodies can relax with a spot on the grass and soak in the atmosphere with live music from the entertainment stage and a refreshing cocktail, glass of bubbly or a Pimms from the Giant Pimms Teapot and Galleon Mojito bars.