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Foodies will be flocking to Montpellier Gardens this summer when the anticipated Cheltenham Food and Drink Festival returns, offering three days of deliciously good entertainment, talks and treats for all ages.
Whether you want to browse a vast array of enticing exhibitors, learn top tips and tricks at the Chefs Kitchen, enjoy a Wine Tasting, or simply sit back and soak up the atmosphere, there’s something for all tastes from Friday 15 to Sunday 17 June 2018.
SoGlos has rounded up its highlights below, with full information available by visiting garden-events.com directly.
Henry Firth and Ian Theasby, BOSH!
A sure highlight of the festival will be the Jamie Williams Design Chef's Kitchen Theatre, featuring a host of local chefs from some of Gloucestershire’s leading hotels and restaurants.
Visitors can look forward to inspiring cooking demonstrations, learning top tips and tricks, and hearing the chefs’ secrets, with entry to the Chef’s Kitchen included in the ticket price.
Friday will welcome expert forager and Totally Wild UK's James Wood, who will demonstrate how to create a delicious meal from wild ingredients. There will also be an appearance from Anneeka Ludhra who'll be sharing foodie wisdom; and Good Game, discussing raising the game in British charcuterie.
Henry Firth and Ian Theasby, who started the plant-based Facebook food channel BOSH! will be appearing on Saturday; alongside the Jockey Club Catering's head chef Warren O’Connor, and senior sous chef Lawrie Jeffries, who will host a dessert masterclass.
Meanwhile, on Sunday visitors can see award-winning author and nutrition expert, Lunch Box Doctor aka Jenny Tschiesche; The Feathered Nest's head chef Kuba Winkowski; head chef from The Plough Inn in Finstock; and Joe McCarthy, the head chef at The Wychwood Inn.
With the line-up featuring acclaimed and local chefs, the festival offers an eclectic and impressive line-up in the Chef’s Kitchen.
With a host of engaging and inspiring food and drink talks taking place across the three days, visitors have the chance to learn something new, with topics covering everything from whisky and gin, to foraging.
Go on a journey of gin discovery during The Gin to my Tonic; enjoy a beer and food pairing with Brewerism Brewery Tours and champion of local produce Hazel Fame; learn about premium blended whisky, Chivas Regal, and head to a Glenlivet range tasting.
Meanwhile, with a plethora of food and drink exhibitors in attendance, there will be plenty of chances to feast on delicious treats and sip tasty tipples, with everything from sushi, soft-shell crab and cheese, to tea, Champagne and beer.
Whether you’re a connoisseur or want to learn about the world of international wines, there will be a host of wine talks and tastings which are free to attend and are on a first-come, first-seated basis.
There will be a number of insightful and enjoyable events daily, with highlights including Wines from around the world which offers a journey sampling different and unique wines; and the chance to join one of the world's leading wine experts Oz Clarke for a wine master class.
A highlight will be an appearance from The Wine Show's Amelia Singer who will appear in the International Wine Theatre to discuss Sizzling Wines for Summer and California Dreaming where she will explore the hottest buys from the sunshine state.
The Scruff Club. Image © Chris Lopez
There’s something for the whole family during the three-day festival, from live music, to traditional Punch and Judy shows and The Magic Man for little ones, promising an enjoyable day out for all ages.
Offering a pleasant backdrop for the festival, the music line-up features the likes of popular group The Ukeholics and lively folk/ rock band The Hawthornes on Friday; along with five-piece indie folk group Ofelia, a band which is notorious for its audience engagement, The Scruff Club, and singer-songwriter Matthew Frederick on Saturday.
On Sunday, visitors can see unique quartet The Shaggy Dog Raconteurs, and indie folk pop band The Epstein.
For more information and to buy advance tickets, visit garden-events.com directly.
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