THE Chester Food, Drink & Lifestyle Festival returns to the city on Easter weekend April 23-25.
Dozens of celebrity chefs will attend the festival along with 140 of the best regional food and drink producers, 2,000 campers, a beer and wine festival, kids’ cooking, an interactive Kids Zone featuring Cheshire’s best attractions and a dazzling lifestyle festival with products for the home and garden.
The festival’s chefs will cook in an even larger demonstration area to accommodate the hundreds of foodie fans that turn out each year to see the likes of Simon Rimmer, Michael Caines, Andrew Nutter and other top North West chefs.
The very best food and drink suppliers and producers will be in attendance too, treating festival-goers to an abundance of food and drink that will leave their mouths watering such as chocolate beer, local venison, fine wines and delicious Cheshire fudge.
Chef de patron Simon Rimmer said: “Chester Food, Drink & Lifestyle Festival is my favourite of all the food festivals I demonstrate at.
“The diversity and quality of food at the festival is second to none and I always use as much of it as I can in the food I cook there.“
Last year, the festival ran its first ever BeerFest. It was so successful, that this year even more real ale as well as specialist wine suppliers have ŠaskedŠ to attend and show their products in the main grandstand of the racecourse.
CamperFest returns for the second year too, and all those who like to camp or enjoy caravanning are all welcome at this year’s festival.
Campers can enjoy a kids’ Easter Egg hunt, andŠ a ‘Cooking in a Camper’ competition. There is enough space for more than 2,000 camper vans and caravans and additional tents.
The 2011 festival will see the return of The Academy of Culinary Arts workshops. Children learn the importance of healthy eating by getting messy with food.
Festival organiser Stephen Wundke said: “Marking our 10th anniversary is a testament to the wonderful support we have been shown for this festival over the last decade.
“Over the years, the event has grown from a few restaurant led events to a UK wide, destination food event at Chester Racecourse that was enjoyed by 20,000 people last Easter and the biggest food based event at Easter in the UK.
“This year, we aim to celebrate the anniversary with even more food and drink attractions, more chefs and additional camping for those who like to enjoy the full weekend in Chester.
“I am hugely proud of what this festival has become. As a food-inspired event it is simply the best £10 family day out over Easter anywhere in the UK and the addition of the favourite days out interactive zone means the whole family can be entertained all day.”
There will be a local restaurant ‘try and buy’ area where festival-goers can sample dishes from different regional restaurants, a ‘twice the size’ homes and gardens section and competitions.