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Rimmer returns to Festival

By on December 6, 2018

Organisers of the 2019 Taste Cheshire Food and Drink festival have announced that they have signed Channel 4, Sunday Brunch and Strictly Come Dancing Star, Simon Rimmer to cook on the opening day of their iconic Easter Festival.

Festival Organiser, Briony Wilson was thrilled to be able to welcome back one of their most requested stars, as she explains. “Simon took a break from doing Festivals in 2017 and it was the first time we hadn’t had him on the stage at the stoves for over 10 years. He has such a loyal following that just keeps building and building that many people asked us to try and get him to come back, so we made contact and he agreed. Simon is not only a great chef but he is a fabulous entertainer who manages to weave so many brilliant stories in to his hour on the stage, whilst delivering outstanding food. It’s great entertainment and I am so pleased to confirm he is coming back.

Simon Rimmer has appeared at the Festival since 2002 and only missed one year, he describes Chester as one of his favourite festivals and venues. “I was relatively unknown back in 2002 doing a few food spots on Good Food TV and from the moment I started doing the Chester Festival, their event, like my own career has blossomed. The people who attend are always so knowledgeable and really like to get involved in what we are doing on the stage. Once I got the invitation to return it was an easy decision. I really look forward to Chester and we will have something special organised for Easter next year.

Rimmer will be on the main Chef Demonstration stage at 12pm and 3.00pm on Saturday 20th April with admittance free to all festival ticket holders.

The Festival runs over 3 days from Easter Saturday until Easter Monday and is staged at Chester Racecourse. Good weather can see as many as 30,000 people attend where over 150 exhibitors show food and drink from all over the globe. Cooking demonstrations, Cooking classes for Kids and Adults are all free for those who attend and tickets start from just £8 on-line with children under 12 free, as is parking. All ticket purchasers will receive up to a £30 voucher with their purchase that can be redeemed in an Individual Restaurant Group venue once joining their loyalty programme, which is free with ticket purchase.

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