Foodies Festivals 2010

This summer, across five UK cities, Foodies Festivals will inspire thousands of food-lovers with a passion for fine food and drink. The aesthetically-pleasing locations in Hampton Court, Leeds, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Oxford will showcase a wealth of fine food and drink, top chefs demonstrations and culinary inspiration.

Now in its fourth year, the fastest-expanding food and drink festival in the UK will feature a Chefs Theatre with live demonstrations from local Michelin star and celebrity chefs; food and drink masterclasses with hands on tutored tastings by industry experts; over 150 speciality producers and local exhibitors; favourite local restaurants and top bars as well as a Veuve Cliquot champagne tent, Harvey Nichols tasting tent, live entertainment and children’s masterclasses.

Foodies Director Sue Hitchen commented:

“Each Foodies Festival event is a great opportunity to celebrate local culinary and restaurant talent and a commitment to fresh, seasonal and local produce. Foodies brings together a passionate and discerning audience with Britain’s finest producers, connoisseurs and top chefs.”

2009’s successful run of events saw Mat Follas celebrating his Masterchef win with his first live demonstration, showcased rising stars Tiffany Goodall, Shay Cooper and Jun Tanaka, celebrated book releases with top chefs Tom Aitkens, Tom Kitchen, Galton Blackiston and Jay Raynor and saw foodie personalities Heather Mills and Stephen K Amos take to the stage in the chefs theatre. Foodies Festivals 2010 are set to hold an abundance of gastronomic highlights.

A series of events for 2010

Hampton Court Palace – 29, 30, 31 May 2010
Foodies flagship event returns to the aesthetically pleasing grounds of the Royal Palace at Hampton Court for a second year. A high profile event that will showcase some of the UK’s finest chefs and industry experts. The site has been doubled in size due to the popularity and success of 2009’s event. An estimated 25,000 foodies will attend from London, Surrey, Berkshire and Hampshire including local towns Esher, Weybridge, Cobham, Richmond and Wimbledon.

Leeds Roundhay Park – 2, 3, 4 July 2010
Foodies, in association with Deliciously Yorkshire will celebrate the wealth of fine food and drink that The North has to offer. Local food celebrities together with Michelin star chefs will showcase their talents in the Chefs Theatre. An estimated 20,000 foodies from Leeds, Harrogate and across the North will attend.

Glasgow George Square – 30, 31, July & 1 August
The fantastic, central location of George Square puts Foodies Glasgow in the heart of the city centre. With a focus on Michelin star and top Scottish chefs, and locally produced Scottish fare, the event will feature chefs demonstrations; food and drink masterclasses; a Whisky Theatre and over 100 local food and drink suppliers and producers.

Edinburgh Holyrood Park – 13, 14, 15 August
The original Foodies Festival celebrates it’s fourth year, returning to Holyrood Park to showcase Scottish food and drink and culinary talents to foodies from Edinburgh and the surrounding areas as well as international festival goers.

Oxford South Parks – 28, 29, 30 August
Showcasing local Michelin star chefs, restaurant talent and food producers, Foodies Oxford, overlooking the cities picturesque spires from the aesthetically pleasing location of South Parks will attract foodies from Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire.

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