Thousands flock to Lichfield Food Festival 2015

Lichfield Food Festival Market
Lichfield Food Festival Market

The fourth Lichfield Food, which took place on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 August, attracted thousands of people to Lichfield in Staffordshire.

From the packed festival market that featured more than 130 stalls and top chefs who cooked up a storm at the Lichfield Garrick, through to a pop up kitchen and charity afternoon tea stall at Lichfield Cathedral, foodies from across the region were spoilt for choice over Lichfield Food Festival weekend.

Lichfield Food Festival principal sponsor and organiser, Jon Arrowsmith from Central England Co-operative, said: “It was an incredible two days. We couldn’t believe how busy it was across the city centre. This year was the biggest festival yet, with the addition of Bird Street and Lichfield Cathedral and lots of food themed activities and events. I’d like to thank the whole team that made the festival such a success, from the organisers and stall holders, to all the local restaurants and volunteers.”

This year’s event included the festival market that lined streets right across the city centre, chef demonstrations at the Lichfield Garrick, local restaurant that offered tasters and meals from along Bird Street, a brewers festival in the Guildroom of the Guildhall, a real ale trail, a pop up demonstration kitchen at Lichfield Cathedral where there was also a charity tea and cake stall, a street party at Three Spires Shopping Centre, cookery and equipment demonstrations at The Kitchen Shop, special offers, a baking competition and cupcake workshops. There was also a jazz band and people dressed up in food costumes to entertain the crowds!

Sunday saw the live judging of the Bake Off in the Lichfield Garrick’s Studio. Julie Crisp from Cakeydora Baking Academy and Chef Simon Smith were on hand to taste the cakes and give their feedback.

Bake Off winner Shelley Henden with judges Julie Crisp and Simon Smith

The winner of the adult category, which was set the challenge of baking a strawberries and cream gateau, was Shelly Henden from Bloxwich in Walsall. She won dinner at Darwin’s at The George, a Prosecco afternoon tea at McKenzie’s Restaurant, Cakedora vouchers and goodies, and a voucher to spend in The Kitchen Shop.

Fifteen-year-0ld Zara Azam came top in the junior category, which was set the task of making four Jack and the Beanstalk themed cupcakes. She won a family ticket to see Lichfield Garrick’s family pantomime, as well as Cakedora vouchers and goodies and a Kitchen Shop voucher. Seven-year-old Cj Lloyd came in second, and five-year-old Isla McCaskie scooped third place.

Julie Crisp, Owner of Cakeydora, said: “I was so impressed with all the entries. It was especially hard to judge the adult category, where the standard of baking was really high. We loved the imaginative cupcakes that were entered into the junior bake off. The decoration was amazing and again we really struggled to choose the winner as they were all so good.”

Mal Harradine, Lizzy Braine, Ken Knowles and Jon Arrowsmith
Mal Harradine, Lizzy Braine, Ken Knowles and Jon Arrowsmith

Lichfield Food Festival is organised in partnership by Central England Co-operative, the Lichfield Garrick, Lichfield District Council, Chef Simon Smith, The Kitchen Shop, Three Spires Shopping Centre, Lichfield Arts, Lichfield Cathedral and Cakeydora. It is sponsored by Central England Co-operative, Taste of Staffordshire and Tippers.

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