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Foodies Festival – Bristol – 26-28 June

If you follow me on Instagram or Pinterest you’ll know that I’m pretty obsessed with food.  I literally open my eyes and think about food. I close my eyes, and yip … I’m thinking about food. Lol.

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Food plays a huge part in family life, some days I feel like I’m constantly planning it, shopping for it, cooking it, feeding people it and then cleaning it all up.  I’ve recently taken a good look at our diet and have implemented some much-needed changes such as cutting out white bread and pasta, cutting down on chocolate, no crisps, making Davina flapjacks – all that stuff.

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But it can be hard to stay inspired. Real hard. Especially when there are 2 teenagers in the house who literally crave junk food – especially giant choc chip cookies.  So when I was asked to attend the Foodies Festival in Bristol with the girls I jumped at the chance.

They will probably kick and scream about going to a ‘Boring Food Thing Mom’ but perhaps the atmosphere and the promise of ‘Michelin-star and celebrity chefs cooking live, a vast array of artisan producers, new food and drink theatres and more street food than you can shake a satay stick at!’ may just tempt their little tastebuds and switch their mindsets to trying to eat more healthy with me.  There’s even some hands-on sessions for the little ones which I know Shan will just love.

As for me? I’m particularly looking forward to the giant Pimm’s teapot… bring on the Pimm’s!

The Foodies Festival is launching their New Festival at The Downs in Bristol with a Feast of Top Chefs to Celebrate their 10th Anniversary. It’s happening this weekend – and you can buy tickets HERE. 

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The Aga Rangemaster Chefs Theatre welcomes Great British Bake Off winner John Whaite, local MasterChef winner Ping Coombes and Michelin-star chefs Jonray and Peter Sanchez Iglesias of Casamia, who will cook their favourite summer recipes and inspire visitors to experiment with new flavours and ingredients.

Top chefs appearing at Foodies Festival Bristol include:
– Ping Coombes – MasterChef winner 2014
– Jonray & Peter Sanchez – Casamia
– John Whaite – Great British Bake Off winner
– Tim Anderson – MasterChef Winner 2011
– Louise McCrimmon – Harvey Nichols
– Romy Gill – Romy’s Kitchen
– Xanthe Clay – Food Writer
– Larkin Cen – MasterChef finalist 2013
– Angela Langford – MasterChef finalist 2014
– Mat Follas – The Casterbridge and MasterChef winner

MasterChef winner Ping Coombes will also launch her new street food pop-up ‘Chairman Ping’

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Chairman Ping joins the Street Food Avenue, a feasting hub at the heart of the festival, offering a huge selection of hot and cold dishes from around the world. Japanese, Thai, Brazilian, Argentinian, Indian, Mexican, French and African are just some of the cuisines visitors can tuck into in the Feasting Tent.

Visitors to the festival can look forward to toasting Foodies’ big year in the New Wine and Champagne Theatre with experts Neil Phillips and Charles Metcalfe, who will guide visitors through this season’s best wines and champagnes from the UK and around the world, while beer expert Melissa Cole hosts masterclasses in the New Craft Beer Theatre matching foods with craft beers.

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​L-R: Harvey Nichols Bristol head chef Louise McCrimmon, Romy Gill of Romy’s Kitchen, Michelin-star chef Peter Sanchez from Casamia and Anthony Wolowiec of Vin D’am

New Tasting Theatre invites festival-goers to discover new tastes and learn new skills with Confectionary Made Easy classes from boutique chocolate maker Fiona Sciolti, Morgan Jupe and Vin D’am wine tastings, and a sausage making and tasting masterclass with Great British Sausage.

The Cake & Bake Theatre is an inspiration for passionate bakers with top local cake makers and bakeries sharing their tips for baking delicious summer cakes. Visitors can also enjoy 3D cake modelling, Chocolate Making and Sugar-Craft masterclasses and a complementing Chocolate, Cake and Bake Village selling bakes, jams, gadgets and baking essentials.

With over 200 exhibitors in the Artisan Producers Market selling award winning cheeses, wines, bakes and condiments; festival-goers will be spoilt for choice with samples and for what to buy to take home and enjoy – a perfect setting to meet the producers and share their passion for food and drink.

For those brave – or foolish enough – the famous Chilli Eating Competition challenges those who like it spicy to try and break the current record of 16 million scoville eaten to win the Chilli Eating Crown – that’s 6400 times the average chill heat! 

Little foodies can explore their taste buds and learn basic skills with Picnic in the Park themed masterclasses in the Childrens Cookery Theatre, where Kiddy Cook will show them how to make finger sandwiches, jellies and chocolate bugs.

After a day of food and fun, foodies can relax and soak in the atmosphere with live music from the Entertainment Stage and a glass of bubbly or cocktail from the Giant Pimm’s Teapot or Captain Morgan Mojito Ship.

If you’re in the South West I think this will be a fantastic day out for the whole family – I’ll be popping a review up on it next week and I’ll be filming the day so look out for a video on my YouTube channel toooooooo!