Headline music acts and celebrity chefs arrive in Hampshire next week

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Foodies Festival returns to North Walls Recreation Ground, Winchester, from 19th - 21st July, with brand new features and a star-studded line-up of celebrity chefs and chart-topping music stars, including: Double Brit awarded boyband, Blue, platinum-selling Grammy nominated disco divas, Sister Sledge, and the exhilarating Symphonic Ibiza Orchestra with live vocals and DJ.

The three-day event will feature live cooking demonstrations from TV celebrities and chefs drawn from the ranks of MasterChef, Great British Bake Off and Great British Menu.

Stars appearing in the live theatres, include: MasterChef champions, Thomas Frake and Hampshire-based, Shelina Permaloo, MasterChef: The Professionals 2023 finalist, Kasae Fraser, Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch bread expert, Jack Sturgess, MasterChef finalist, Madeeha Qureshi, ITV This Morning wine experts, Joe Wadsack and Tom Surgey, BBC Radio Solent presenter, Louisa Hannan and TV chef, author and cookery school owner, Nigel Brown.

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Shelina Permaloo, said: "I am delighted to be returning to the demo stage at Foodies Festival this year, it’s always so much fun and a great day out for all the family. Look forward to seeing everyone there"

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Foodies Festival

Duncan James from Blue, said: “We’re all looking forward to visiting Winchester with the festival tour. The crowd in Hampshire is always buzzing and up for a great day and night out! A definite highlight is the lovely food from around the world. We’ve enjoyed some amazing dishes at Foodies and can’t wait to try some more!”

Showcasing the best of Hampshire and beyond, many of the regions most-highly acclaimed Michelin and multi-award-winning chefs will also appear. Including: Head Chef, Philip Bishop, from 2AA Rosette awarded Greyhound on the Test, Stockbridge, Chef-Patron, Andrew Du Bourg, from 3AA Rosette awarded Elderflower in Lymington and Chef-Patron, Daniel Rogan, from Michelin recommended Restaurant AO,

Throughout the 3-day weekend, visitors will enjoy a jam-packed schedule of TV cooking show champions and award-winning chefs in the interactive live theatres. In the Chefs Theatre, celebrities will create their signature dishes, whilst in the Cake & Desserts Theatre, patisserie chefs and star bakers whip up showstoppers.

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In the Kids Cookery School, Foodies SuperChefs make cooking fun, helping younger guests to prepare delicious food which they can take away and enjoy.


Masterclasses in the Drinks Theatre include tutored Champagne, Beer, Cider, Cocktail and Wine-tasting - presenters include BBC, ITV, Channel 4 drinks experts and regional artisan producers.

Visitors can browse the latest food trends in the Shopping Village, meet local producers in the Artisan Market and taste exotic and unusual new dishes in the Feasting Tent – which features a mouth-watering range of street food and delicacies from all four corners of the globe.

New for Fridays: the festival launches brand new family-friendly entertainment features taking place throughout the live theatres and extended opening hours until 10pm. As the sun goes down, the legendary Symphonic Ibiza will present an unforgettable fusion of dance anthems, live vocals, a sensational DJ and an exhilarating live orchestra. Created by dynamic producer and DJ Andy Joyce (Pacha, Amnesia, Eden, Cafe Mambo) and accomplished composer and musical director Steve Etherington.

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Other exciting new features and attractions include: TV Chef battles, Fire Stage with BBQ masters, Cook School with experts, Silent Disco, Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, Chilli Eating competitions, fairground rides, rock choirs, children’s activities and family-friendly areas. Throughout the weekend, the Music Stage presents a summer soundtrack of chart-topping artists, top tribute acts, covers bands and superb local bands.

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Cake and Bake Theatre

Foodies Festival director, Sue Hitchen, said: "Our visit to Winchester is a real highlight of the tour. It’s such a beautiful city and we always recieve a warm welcome. We’re delighted to host so many superb chefs and high profile music acts, and to show off the best of the region”

Dates and tickets

North Walls Recreation Ground, Winchester

19th, 20th, 21st July 2024

Day tickets from £4 (child) and £21 (adult). Under 6 go free

Full line-up, schedules, tickets and more information: www.foodiesfestival.com

*Entry to all theatres is included in the ticket price

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