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Famous Faces at the Festival
Written: 11 April 2012
From Friday 13th to Sunday 15th April, the Exeter Festival of South West Food & Drink in Northernhay Gardens, Exeter will be the place to be to rub shoulders with famous foodies, TV chefs and up and coming musicians.
Michael Caines MBE says, “From top chefs to TV celebrities, the Exeter Festival of South West Food and Drink’s reputation attracts all kinds of visitors keen to taste the amazing food and soak up the atmosphere. We are expecting a fun weekend packed with food, drink and star spotting opportunities!”
In the Festival Cookery Theatre, two Michelin star chef Michael Caines will work with a new sous chef, TV personality and keen cook Kirstie Allsopp, at 10.30am on Friday 13th April. Saturday 14th April features Michael Caines teaching Channel 5’s OKTV presenter and The Apprentice runner-up, Kate Walsh some of his gourmet tips at 5.30pm while Festival goers can see Ready, Steady Cook chef Lesley Waters’ masterclass at 10.30am and a vegetarian and Asian food demonstration from 2011 MasterChef semi finalist Jackie Kearney at 4.30pm. Sunday 15th April features a seafood masterclass from showman and two star Michelin chef Nathan Outlaw with BBC Saturday Kitchen favourite Mitch Tonks at 1pm as well as a head to head cook-off between MasterChef finalist Mat Follas and Michelin star chef Russell Brown at 12 noon.
BBC Radio 4’s Gardeners’ Question Time panellist and veg growing expert Pippa Greenwood will be on hand to answer your gardening queries in the Fermoy’s Grow Your Own area on Friday 13th April handing over the baton to fellow panellist Matt Biggs on Saturday 14th April. Taking the stage in the AGA Taste Cookery Theatre, Saturday Kitchen TV wine expert Susy Atkins will provide a local wine tasting guide in the Darts Farm Food is Fun Teepees on Friday 13th April and throughout the Festival James Nathan, Masterchef winner, and Jackie Kearney will be serving Asian street food from their silver bullet trailer.
At the After Dark Parties, local stars of the new BBC1 programme Adam Isaac and Hannah Berney from Exeter, will be performing to the crowds on Saturday 14th April while MasterChef winners Dhruv Baker, Steve Groves and Steve Barringer cook up a storm in the Festival Cookery theatre from 6.30pm.
Both After Dark Parties on Friday 13th and Saturday 14th April feature live music from the renowned Mama Stone House Band as well as a mouth-watering array of stalls serving delicious regional fare, ales and cider and sizzling chef demos.