Bake Off stars to headline cookery demonstrations

Great British Bake Off stars, Howard Middleton and Ali Imdad, will showcase their baking expertise at Lichfield Food Festival this weekend (27 and 28 August 2016).

Lichfield Food Festival organisers are pleased to announce that the Great British Bake Off contestants, Howard Middleton and Ali Imdad, will be among the line-up of chefs presenting cookery demonstrations at this year’s festival.

Starting at 11.30am on Saturday 27 August, the demonstrations will run on the half hour outside Lichfield Cathedral until the final one, starting at 4.30pm.

Howard Middleton was a contestant on the fourth series of the BBC's Great British Bake Off. He immediately caught the public's attention with his first bake - a gluten-free passion fruit and coconut cake. Festival goers will be able to see him demonstrate gluten free baking at 1.30pm on Saturday.

Other chefs who will be presenting demonstrations on the day include chef Mark Lloyd, who will also be acting as compere for all the demonstrations over the weekend event, as well as the Baking Housewife who will be making Jamaican rum cake, executive chef at The Moathouse Matt Davis, I am Indian will prepare Indian dishes and the day will come to an end with a cocktail masterclass by Le Rêve.

On Sunday the cookery demonstrations will move to Lichfield’s Market Square and will start at 11.30am, running on the half hour until the final one that will start at 3.30pm.

Ali Imdad was on the Great British Bake off in 2013 and since then has opened a dessert parlour in Birmingham called Artisan. He also has his own TV show on BMTV all about easy baking, and plans to open up an American-themed restaurant.

Ali will be making vegan chocolate mousse and shortbread at 1.30pm on Sunday 28 August in the pop up kitchen on the Market Square.

He will be joining Mark Lloyd who will be demonstrating finger-licking barbeque recipes on a Weber Barbeque, as well as Lajina Leal who will be preparing Indian dishes.

Jon Arrowsmith, Director of Cocker Hoop Creative who is organising the demonstrations, said: “We hope festival goers will enjoy the chance to see top chefs and bakers, sharing their recipes and tips all for free in two stunning historic settings. We’re really pleased to have two famous faces joining a fantastic line up of food and drink experts.”

The cookery demonstrations are sponsored by Tippers and MCL Create.

The Kitchen Shop on Market Street is also offering festival goers the chance to see KitchenAid cookery demonstrations, as well as giving out free tasters and running special festival offers.

There is lots more on offer throughout Lichfield Food Festival this weekend (27 and 28 August), including a massive range of food and drink stalls and street food throughout the city centre, Hue and Cry in concert on Saturday, free craft and cupcake decorating at Three Spires Shopping Centre, a Birthday Bake Off, a brewers’ event and much more.

Lichfield Food Festival is organised in partnership by Lichfield BID, Cocker Hoop Creative, The Kitchen Shop, Three Spires Shopping Centre, Lichfield Arts, Lichfield Cathedral, Cakeydora and the Lichfield Garrick. It is also supported by Lichfield District Council.

The festival is sponsored by main sponsors Central England Co-operative and Tempest Ford, along with MCL Create, Tippers, Taste of Staffordshire, Lichfield Chamber of Trade & Commerce, The Smile Centre, Pom’s Kitchen & Deli and The Best of Lichfield.