Some of the town’s leading chefs will be passing on a few tricks of trade when they take centre stage at next week’s Stratford Town Centre Food Festival.
And they will be joined in the festival’s Cookery Theatre by two leading TV chefs, James Martin and Simon Rimmer.
With everything from a kids’ gingerbread class through to a masterclass on cocktails, there will be something for everyone during the event which runs from Friday, September 18 to Sunday, September 20. And the best part is that all the demonstrations and classes involving Stratford’s finest chefs and barmen will be free.
Phil Bailey, from the Falcon Hotel in Chapel Street, is one of those showcasing his culinary skills on stage. On Saturday and Sunday he will be conjuring up some amazing fish dishes but it all starts on Friday with something totally different – decorating gingerbread men and women!
“It’s all about making food interesting for children,” he stated. “We will be there to help them with their creations – whether it’s a footballer or a ballerina.”
Phil has been head chef at the Falcon Hotel for nearly 12 months and was previously with Alveston Manor and Billesley Manor. And he is looking forward to his events on Saturday and Sunday when he hopes to show that cooking with fish need not be an ordeal.
“For me it’s all about simplifying things and demystifying the whole cooking process,” he said. “It’s also about sustainability and using local producers when we can.”
The kids’ classes will be held on Friday from 4pm and are aimed at children up to ten years old. Creating greek food is an option for children too. This will be run by El Greco of Rother Street.
Demonstrations in the Cookery Theatre on Waterside start at 11am on both Saturday and Sunday, with tickets for events involving TV chefs James Martin and Simon Rimmer costing £10. All other demonstrations are free.
More than 50 local businesses will be involved in the festival, many of them taking stalls in Henley Street, Bridge Street and Waterside. There will also be entertainment on Bridge Street and Sheep Street over the weekend.
The main sponsors Loxley’s Restaurant and Wine Bar will host a charity fundraising dinner with Simon Rimmer on Friday 18th, raising funds for Shakespeare Hospice and the Stratford Hospital Cancer and Eye Appeal.
Reserve your tickets now! Go to www.stratfordtowncentrefoodfestival.co.uk