Success on a plate for Foodies Festival
Record numbers flocked to Knutsford to enjoy a festive feast of entertainment at the hugely-popular Foodies Festival over the weekend.
The Christmas-themed event was back for a second year attracting food-lovers from across the country to Tatton Park as well as several famous faces.
Among them was MasterChef winner Kenny Tutt and runner-up David Crichton who demonstrated their culinary skills in the Chefs Theatre alongside cooks from local restaurants including Great British menu winner Adam Reid.
Other attractions included craft workshops, choirs, and children’s cookery classes as well as wine and beer tasting and more than 100 stalls selling festive food and gifts.
MasterChef finalist Nawamin Pinpathomrat, the Oxford PhD student who wowed viewers with his colourful Thai cookery, travelled up to meet his TV show pals and enjoy a taste of Cheshire.
Nawamin, who’s now writing a cookery book, said: “Knutsford is very pretty and the festival is a lovely place to be if you like Christmas and food like me. I didn’t expect to see so many people. They were very lovely asking me for selfies and how I am getting on now.”
The fun took place in a giant marquee decorated with fairy lights and Christmas trees.
Popular were workshops to make gingerbread men tree ornaments, Christmas cupcakes and mulberry puddings.
Gin tasting went down well as did demos for stress-free Christmas cookery including tips on making the perfect turkey and goose.
Children had messy fun making pizzas and snowmen hot chocolate globes in the Elf’s Cookery School.
Organisers are totting up the visitor numbers but expect them to exceed last year’s 12,000.
Festival director Sue Hitchen said: “By midday Saturday there were already many more people and they came from further afield proving just how popular Cheshire, especially Tatton, is as a family destination.
“Staging a festival of this size is a huge feat and it was good to see families returning and enjoying themselves. We’re already planning for next year and will be back at Tatton in 2019.”
The festival, billed as the UK’s biggest celebration of food and drink, is staged up and down the country and is a regular attraction at Tatton each summer.
It’s back July 12-14 with another mouth-watering array of attractions.
For the full programme of events for 2019 visit www.foodiesfestival.com