Cheltenham Food Festival full line-up for this weekend as celebrity chefs set to hit the stage

In its 14th year, this year’s Cheltenham Food & Drink Festival, held in Cheltenham’s Montpellier Gardens offers the perfect weekend destination for a fun-filled and inspirational ‘foodie’ experience. The three day Festival opens on Friday June 24 at 12pm and promises to provide the whole family with something they will enjoy getting involved in – even your dog has been thought about.

The Festival affords lots of interesting shopping opportunities with 120 artisan food and drink producers selling their wares. You will always find something that is not available on the High Street so be sure to take time perusing their stands.

Over the three day Festival, nine free Wine Talks and Tastings will give you the chance to learn more about a selection of internationally acclaimed wines with tasting tips from viticulture experts. These talks are free, but space is limited so you need to come on a first seated basis.

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There are two Masterclasses run by The Wine Show’s presenter Amelia Singer who will be sharing the delights of Californian wine and the Summer Wine Trends. Whiskey and Gin given by the Cotswolds Distillery, Beer with Jamie Allsopp from Allsopp Brewery and Rum with an ‘Edu-Tain’ from Global Rum Ambassador Ian Burrell.

Cheltenham’s the Cheeseworks, is hosting a Cheese and British Wine Tasting Masterclass featuring a selection of ‘new wave’ British cheeses paired with two different wines from the Three Choirs Vineyard, Coleridge Hill and Raven’s Hill. The hour long Masterclass tickets are from £ 6 to £ 10 and can be booked online.

Guesting chefs

You cannot hold a food festival without an impressive line-up of great chefs. With 18 free chef cooking demos in the Chef’s Kitchen sponsored by Lansdown Kitchens, you will get plenty of inspiration to ‘get cooking’. Amongst chefs from the Gloucestershire area are Matthew Wilder who runs the impressive 3AA red rosette ‘Wild Garlic’ in Nailsworth.

David Hall, Head Chef of the Hook restaurant at The Fish Hotel near Broadway brings the flavors of the sea to the Cotswolds. Jon Howe, chef / patron of Cheltenham’s fine dining Lumiere Restaurant has teamed up with Ant Davies of The Grape Escape to create a delicious food and wine pairing.



Other cookery demonstrations will take you from the world of Greek cookery when Christina Kynigos, author of the Very Hungry Greek shares some of her most loved recipes to bring the taste of Greece to Cheltenham Food Festival.
Other cookery demonstrations will take you from the world of Greek cookery when Christina Kynigos, author of the Very Hungry Greek shares some of her most loved recipes to bring the taste of Greece to Cheltenham Food Festival.

For lovers of spicy, creative vegan food, San Deep who originates in Kenya, brings together flavors from Asia and South America which feature at his Stroud restaurant the Karibu Bar. Jamie McCallum from the Painswick will be creating two of his signature dishes and Venetian born Michela Marchesin, who runs My Pastalicious in Cheltenham’s Winchcombe Street, will demonstrate just how easy it is to make Gnocchi and handmade Pesto.

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For MasterChef fans, the Festival features a former 2016 contestant of BBC’s MasterChef: The Professionals Wayne Sullivan. Straight-talking co-host and judge of BBC1’s MasterChef and co-host of ever popular ITV cooking show ‘John and Lisa’s Weekend Kitchen’. John will, no doubt, be delighting his audience with food influenced by his world travels and his love of British seasonal ingredients.

As more of us look for inspiration using vegetable and vegan dishes, Bettina Bordi who is world renowned for wholesome, colorful and internationally inspirational cooking will reveal how to get the best from extremely healthy ingredients. Professionally trained chef Alice Robertson who runs Alicethroughtheyear.com shows how to create simple yet delicious meals using seasonal fruit and vegetables.

Alistair McVicar who works at his mother’s herb farm Jekka’s, has learned just how flavoursome the right combination of herbs can be when used in vegan and vegetarian dishes.

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Other cookery demonstrations will take you from the world of Greek cookery when Christina Kynigos, author of the ‘Very Hungry Greek’ shares some of her most loved recipes to bring the taste of Greece to Cheltenham. For those who love cooking with their children and enjoy getting messy, Dirty Food Mark Studley will have fun creating messy, informal tasty food.



For those who love cooking with their children and enjoy getting messy, Dirty Food Mark Studley will have fun creating messy, informal tasty food.
For those who love cooking with their children and enjoy getting messy, Dirty Food Mark Studley will have fun creating messy, informal tasty food.

Former BBC TV executive Kalpna Woolf brings recipes steeped in the traditions of her Hindu upbringing and a life of absorbing food cultures from around the world. Gareth Rhodes, former Executive Chef from Oxfordshire’s Soho Farmhouse will reveal some of the dishes on offer from the GR: EAT food kitchen which offers seasonal food delivered to your door and the Beefy Boys, who run two restaurants in Hereford and Shrewsbury, will show you how to create award winning burgers and American inspired BBQ food.

Mark Woodgate, from Mark’s Cotswold Bakery in Chipping Norton will reveal some of the secrets behind making the perfect sourdough loaf.



The Cheltenham Animal Shelter, www.gawa.org.uk, are the Cheltenham Food Festival's charity of the year.
The Cheltenham Animal Shelter, www.gawa.org.uk, are the Cheltenham Food Festival’s charity of the year.

New for this year, and to celebrate Cheltenham Animal Shelter being selected the Festival’s Charity of the Year, this dog friendly event has two special competitions for your beloved pooch to enter. Full details can be found on the Festival website.

There is plenty of entertainment throughout the weekend including Street Theater, magic and Punch and Judy for the children to enjoy and Live Music with seven live bands performing from Jazz to Blues and Rock. This year’s Festival café run by Fire & Flow coffee will also provide a great place to relax.

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