Summer Food Festivals are underway and the first off is the ancient city of Chester. 

Chester Racecourse hosts the Chester Food, Drink and Lifestyle Festival from 4th to 6th April - that's Easter weekend. If you have never been to this event before than you really don’t know what you are missing. You enter through the Pavilion at Chester racecourse where you are met by some of the counties finest Cheese makers, the regions great cider makers, game sellers from Cumbria, dry cured meats from North Wales – and you are only in the first part of this extravaganza. Making your way outside you see purveyors of fine coffees, stone baked pizzas, children cooking with the Academy of Culinary Arts. Moving on you come to the restaurant village where some of Cheshire’s finest provide you with foods from right across the world, Thai, Japanese, Italian, even Mongolian food, as well as some home cooked treats. Next it’s through the Taste Cheshire village and then on to the lifestyle section featuring the Grosvenor Art society, or key cooking demonstrations and more great food and drink exhibitors. The whole experience takes about 4-5 hours and all for less than £20.

With over 30,000 people expected this Easter on the Chester Racecourse, right in the heart of the city, the Chester Food Drink & Lifestyle Festival is the biggest event of its type to take place anywhere in the UK this Easter. Over 150 exhibitors highlight the best the county, region and country has to offer and means that for you, the visitor it is simply a wonderful culinary experience.

Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch presenter and Celebrity Chef, Simon Rimmer headlines the very best chefs assembled at the Chester Food Drink & Lifestyle Festival. Rimmer has been a regular at the event since its inception and both the event and he have grown to be leaders in their field in the UK. It seems the public can’t get enough of Simon’s cooking. The Festival have confirmed Michelin Star Chef Jean-Christophe Novelli (above) who will feature on the Sunday and he will be assisted by MasterChef presenter Gregg Wallace (below). Gregg will also be judging the Sous Chef Challenge on Sunday when four of the best Cheshire chefs compete to be the best Sous Chef in the county.

The stars just keep coming as Executive Chef Mark Walker will also be on duty on both Sunday and Monday showing visitors how to make the most of every piece of food they buy or grow. Supporting these Chefs is Cheshire’s own Celebrity Chef and now co-owner of 4 Cheshire Restaurants and Pubs, David Mooney, as well as former Coronation Street star and now Master Cheese Maker and Channel 5 food presenter Sean Wilson. Local Chefs abound with Chef Luke Thomas on duty on Saturday and Steve Vaughan will judge the best Cheshire sausage.

The Academy of Culinary Arts team will provide free cooking classes for children who come to the Chester Food Drink & Lifestyle Festival. James Holden, the Northern Director and his team of chefs last year taught over 900 children in three days in a series of sessions throughout the day. Each session lasts 40 minutes and during that time, children of all ages get a sensory guide to food with tastes, smells and colours. They then learn the various techniques for basic cooking and many help prepare a dish.

Tickets for the Chester Food Drink & Lifestyle Festival are on sale with a 25% discount, now by going to:
Children under 12 are free.

See you there!


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