Foodies Festival Returns to Ripley Castle with a Lip-Smacking Feast of Culinary Features, Top Chefs and Foodie Fun.
• MasterChef winner Ping Coombes and top local chefs cooking live
• Focus on Brazilian street food on the Street Food Avenue
• More award-winning producers than ever before
• New Vintage Tea Tent with Afternoon Tea
• Champagne, wine and craft beer masterclasses
• Burlesque Baker Charlotte White in the Cake & Bake Theatre
• New Bug-Eating competition and the famous Chilli-Eating Challenge
• New 1920s themed VIP Tent with grand piano and Mirror Bar
• Local bands competing to win the Unsigned Music Awards
• Giant Pimm’s Teapot and Mojito Ship
Yorkshire foodies can look forward to another taste-bud-tickling weekend this summer as Foodies Festival, the UK’s biggest celebration of food & drink, returns to Harrogate’s Ripley Castle 19th to 21st August.
Aga Rangemaster Chefs Theatre
Yorkshire’s culinary elite will showcase their skills and share insight into this year’s food trends while answering questions from the audience. Chefs confirmed include:
• Ping Coombes – 2014 MasterChef Winner
• Simon Jewitt – Head Chef at Norse
• Stephanie Moon – Chef Consultant for All Things Food
• Nigel Brown – Celebrity Chef
• Rachel Green – Top TV Chef
• Ashley Kelly McCarthy – Ye Old Sun Inn
• Whaheed Rojan – The Round Table Dining
• Yves Quemerais – The French Chef at Home
• Tony Rodd – MasterChef Finalist 2015
• Pete Hewitt – MasterChef Finalist 2015 & Homeboy’s Asian Street Food
• Sara Danesin Medio – MasterChef Finalist 2011
• Katy Beskow – Little Miss Meat Free
• Afsaneh Kaviani – Afsaneh’s Kitchen
Expert sommeliers Neil Phillips and Charles Metcalfe host champagne and wine masterclasses, and beer connoisseur and writer Melissa Cole offers entertaining craft beer tutorials with hourly sessions in the Drinks Theatre.
Street Food Avenue
A feast of international flavours and delicacies are served on the Street Food Avenue. Japanese, Thai, Malaysian, Argentinian, Turkish, Indian, Korean, Mexican, French and African are just some of the cuisines on offer and can be enjoyed in the every growing Feasting Tent, ensuring hunger is banished and tummies are full.
There’s a special focus on Brazilian street food this year to celebrate the Olympic host’s cuisine, including traditional Brazilian BBQ and Rio’s favourite dish Feijoada made from black beans, salted pork, trimmings, smoked sausage and jerk beef, which is cooked in a traditional clay pot. Brazil’s national cocktail Caipirinha, a mix of lime, sugar and Cachaça (made from sugarcane juice with an ABV of 48%), and Brazilian coffees will be available.
Artisan Producers Market
This year there are more award-winning producers at Foodies Festival than ever before with a glittering array of Great Taste Award winners available to shop and sample from, each being hailed as a producer of ‘Exquisite, Outstanding and Simply Delicious’ food and drink – a fantastic opportunity for visitors to meet artisan producers from the local area and across the country, learn their story and stock up on award winning produce.
New Vintage Tea Room and Cake, Bake & Tasting Theatre
A beautifully decorated new Vintage Tea Room offers visitors Afternoon Tea with a selection of cakes, scones with clotted cream and jam, and finger sandwiches served on china from a tea trolley by vintage styled tea ladies and gentlemen.
Baking extraordinaire Charlotte White, master chocolatier Fiona Sciolti and top local cake-makers work their baking wizardry on the Cake & Bake stage, inspiring visitors to reach for their whips and spatulas at home and create show-stopping cakes and delicious summer bakes. A neighbouring Chocolate, Cake and Bake Village sells freshly baked breads, sponges, tarts, jellies and trifles to enjoy with a bubble tea or fresh juice.
Into the Jungle
Festival goers can munch their way into the depths of the jungle this summer with a trip to the Vietnamese Street Food stand, where those with a taste for the exotic can indulge in insects, including grasshoppers, caterpillars, mealworms, beetles, scorpions, locus and ants.
For those brave enough, there’s a daily Bush Tucker Trial on the Challenge Stage, where visitors compete against one another by eating jungle insects, from small ants to large juicy grubs, with the contestant eating the biggest and the most being crowned champion.
Childrens Cookery School
The Olympic theme continues into the Childrens Cookery School, where little foodies can decorate their very own gold medal with coloured icing, glitter and edible ribbon. Pizza and cupcake making classes also allow kids to explore their taste buds and learn basic cookery skills to practice at home.
The famous Chilli-Eating Challenge continues in 2016, inviting fans of spice to beat an eye-watering 16 million scoville record set by Shahina Waseem last year. Participants start at the low end of the chilli spectrum by eating bell peppers, but things quickly get a lot hotter with Habanero, Scotch and Carolina Reaper (world’s hottest chilli) chillies being added to the menu. Those still standing are then inflicted to pure chilli extract, increasing in strength, until a winner is crowned.
Live Music and Pop-Up Bars
After a day of feasting and fun, visitors can picnic on the grass with friends and soak in the atmosphere with live music from award-winning local bands at the Unsigned Music Awards Stage and a glass of bubbly or refreshing cocktail from the Giant Pimm’s Teapot, Mojito Ship or Appleton Estate Rum Bus.
Tickets are on sale now at http://www.foodiesfestival.com or by calling 0844 995 1111