Food Festival Celebrates 10th Anniversary

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The historic grounds of London’s Syon House will be transformed into a food heaven this May for the 10th annual Foodies Festival – the UK’s biggest celebration of food and drink. From May 23rd to 25th the sprawling venue will be filled with celebrity chefs, tasting theatres and more street food than you can shake a satay stick at.

Michelin-star chef Jesse Dunford Wood of PARLOUR joins TV favourite Aldo Zilli, Matt Robinson of The Bluebird, Michael Weiss from Quaglinos, Steve Drakes of Drakes and Richard Kirkwood of The Wright Brothers in the Aga Rangemaster Chefs Theatre. These top chefs will share their favourite summer recipes and tips for visitors to take away and impress family and friends with at home.

Fans of MasterChef can watch 2014 winner Ping Coombes cook her signature dishes from the series in the Chefs Theatre and try dishes from her Malaysian Pop-Up on the Street Food Avenue. Ping is also joined by MasterChef 2010 winner Dhruv Baker and The Professionals finalist Adam Handling. Chefs Theatre

Visitors to the 10th anniversary celebration of the festival can look forward to toasting the milestone in the New Wine and Champagne Theatre, where experts Neil Phillips and Charles Metcalfe will guide visitors through this season’s best British bubblies from the UK and around the world, while beer expert Melissa Cole hosts masterclasses in the New Craft Beer Theatre, expertly matching foods with craft beers.

Chocolate-loving Belles can take a ‘How to Sniff Chocolate like a Rockstar’ or Chocolate Safari masterclass with established chocolatiers in the new Tasting Theatre, while local experts guide visitors through Raw Food, Japanese Soul, Oyster Shucking and Bee Keeping. Wow!

As if all that wasn’t enough, the planned Cake & Bake Theatre is an inspiration for passionate bakers with top London 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. It looks like we will be ditching the diet that day!

After the introduction of street food to the popular festival in 2012, the Street Food Avenue has become a feasting hub, offering a huge selection of hot and cold dishes from around the world. Japanese, Thai, Brazilian, Argentinian, Mexican, French and African are just some of the cuisines visitors can tuck into at communal tables in the Feasting Tent this year, Biscuit Butter, Snowdonia Cheese, Get Fruity, That Hungry Chef and Riverford Organics join the 200 exhibitors in the Artisan Producers Market, where you can meet the producers and sample their cheeses, wines, bakes and condiments.And organisers have promised that the event will cater for all the family, young and old, so little foodies can join the celebrations in the Children’s Cookery Theatre where they can explore their taste buds and learn basic cooking skills with Kiddy Cook.

After a day of food and fun, why not relax on the luscious lawns and soak in the atmosphere with live music from the entertainment stage and a refreshing cocktail, glass of bubbly or a Pimm’s from the Pop-Up bars and cider farm.

hiltonThe festival is situated in the 200 acre grounds of the beautiful Syon House Estate, which also hosts the delightful Hilton Syon Park, a luxury hotel with an on-site spa and Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill. So why not make a weekend of it and really treat yourself?

Tickets for the 10th annual Foodies Festival can be bought at where day tickets, weekend passes and VIP packages are available. Or to win a pair simply comment below telling us what your favourite summer tipple is. Winners will be contacted by email.

Emily Cleary

Emily Cleary

After almost a decade chasing ambulances, and celebrities, for Fleet Street’s finest, Emily has taken it down a gear and settled for a (slightly!) slower pace of life in the suburbs. With a love of cheese and fine wine, Emily is more likely to be found chasing her toddlers round Kew Gardens than sipping champagne at a showbiz launch nowadays, or grabbing an hour out of her hectic freelancer’s life to chill out in a spa while hubby holds the babies. If only!


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