FOOD lovers are being invited to have their tastebuds tickled at the annual Worcester Foodie Festival in the heart of the city.
The event will return to the city centre from next Friday (July 29) to Sunday (July 31) thanks to Worcester BID, starting at 10am and concluding at 5.30pm (11am til 4pm on the Sunday).
More than 70 stalls will offer food and drink from local businesses and selected specialist producers.
There will be food and drink matching sessions, cookery demonstrations and master class workshops given by well-established chefs such as Dean Edwards, a favourite from ITV’s Lorraine, who will headline the stage in High Street on the Saturday, a family friendly cook and author of two cookery books.
Visitors are encouraged to get their books signed after the demonstrations on Saturday.
Dean believes that food should be ‘achievable, simple and taste fantastic’, adding that ‘simplicity is just as effective’ when it comes to food.
Al fresco dining will also be demonstrated by Fusion Brasserie chef Felice Tocchini, on the main stage and is ‘looking forward to showcasing some of the best local products in the region’.
Another attendee, Richard Fox, renowned for cooking with beer, will perform cooking demonstrations on the theme of ‘Love Food, Hate Waste’, attempting to reduce the amount of food that we waste.
Food and drink matching sessions will occur at the masterclass area in front of the Guildhall, where cheese experts Martin Mills and Rory McDonald will introduce ‘smorging’ – a grazing style of eating originating in Scandinavia.
Additionally, Richard Everton, from New Street based Bottles Wine Bar & Merchants and the Cornmarket Deli team will offer advice at the matching sessions.
TESCO Worcester will be sponsoring kids cookery workshops at CrownGate’s Bell Square/Chapel Walk, whilst live music, street entertainment, competitions and free face painting will be present throughout the event.
Worcester BID marketing and events manager, Nadja von Dahlen, said that the festival provides a ‘great’ opportunity to experience the ‘fantastic’ city centre food and drink outlets.
Visit www.worcesterfoodiefestival.com for more details.