Lichfield Food Festival 2016 success

Lichfield Food Festival 2016
Lichfield Food Festival 2016

More than 180 food and drink stalls, Great British Bake Off stars, children’s entertainment and live music were just some of the treats enjoyed at Lichfield Food Festival over the Bank Holiday weekend.

Lichfield Food Festival, the annual celebration of great food and drink, took place across Lichfield city centre on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 August.

The free entry event was the biggest yet, attracting thousands of visitors from across the region.

Festival-goers enjoyed browsing around 180 food and drink stalls and choosing from a massive array of street food on offer – from Malaysian curries and Mexican delicacies, to traditional hog roasts and wood-fired pizzas.

On top of all the food, a great selection of free entry events and activities took place over the two days, including cookery demonstrations by chefs and bakers, headlined by Great British Bake Off stars, Howard Middleton and Ali Imdad.

Ali Imdad cookery demo
Ali Imdad cookery demo

The sun shone over most of the weekend, which added to the festival feeling. However, there was a heavy downpour late on Saturday afternoon which meant that the Hue and Cry live acoustic set moved from outside Lichfield Cathedral to The Angel Inn.

Events company, Cocker Hoop Creative, organised the market, cookery demonstrations and Hue and Cry performance.

Jon Arrowsmith, Director of Cocker Hoop Creative, said: “What a weekend it’s been. We had tens of thousands of visitors to the city centre and had so much on offer down every street.

“The positive feedback has blown me away with so many people saying how much they enjoyed the festival and many of our traders sold out so we’re all thrilled.

“It was a pleasure to be involved in Lichfield Food Festival, as it’s a great opportunity to showcase the beautiful city of Lichfield and really champion it as a food destination.

“Plans are also being worked on by the Cocker Hoop team to bring food and drink stalls to Lichfield Georgian Festival on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 September, so make sure you put it in your diary!”

Festival goers also enjoyed watching KitchenAid cookery demonstrations in The Kitchen Shop on Market Street over both days of the festival.

Lichfield Arts hosted a local brewers’ event, offering real ale and craft cider in the Guildroom of the Guildhall on Saturday.

Then on Sunday home bakers entered their homemade birthday cakes into the Birthday Bake Off and more than 200 festival goers voted for their favourites, before the main judging by Julie Crisp from Cakeydora Baking Academy.

Cakeydora awarded four-year-old Sophie Antcliffe first place in the junior category (ages 4-15) for her salted caramel cupcakes and Katherine Archer came first in the adult category with her Finding Dory birthday cake.

Festival goers voted Six (and three-quarter) year-old Theo Harrison-Lark’s Lego construction inspired cupcakes top in the junior category for the People’s Choice award and Katherine Archer’s Finding Dory cake in the adult category.

This year the Lichfield Food Festival organising committee was headed up by the Lichfield BID Manager, Morag Pringle. She said:

“The city was packed and there was such an amazing array of food on offer. I’d like to thank the whole committee for all their hard work and effort, especially Jon from Cocker Hoop Creative and Lizzy Braine from The Kitchen Shop.

“I’d also like to once again thank our sponsors for their support, with their help we were able to make it our biggest and best festival to yet. Plans are already being shaped for next year, and we’ll announce the date soon.”

Family Fun Zone crafts
Family Fun Zone crafts

Lichfield Food Festival also offered plenty for families with a Family Zone featuring free craft and cupcake decorating activities, thanks to Three Spires Shopping Centre and the Lichfield Garrick.

Lisa Prokopiou, Centre Manager for Three Spires Shopping Centre, said: “We were delighted to once again support the Lichfield Food Festival, welcoming thousands of extra visitors to Three Spires. We hosted food and drink stalls on the centre malls together with the Birthday Bake Off, and were pleased to offer families free cupcake decorating and craft activities in our Food Festival Family Zone, which was also supported by the Lichfield Garrick.”

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.

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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.

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Hue and Cry Live at Lichfield Cathedral

Hue and Cry
Hue and Cry

In a first for Lichfield Food Festival, 80s pop sensation Hue and Cry will play a live acoustic set on the grounds of Lichfield Cathedral.

In association with Cocker Hoop Creative, Lichfield Food Festival is proud to present Hue and Cry Live at Lichfield Cathedral on Saturday 27 August 2016 at 7.30pm.

Hue and Cry are two brothers, Greg and Pat Kane, who’ve been making soul, jazz and pop music since the 1980s with hits including Labour of Love and Looking for Linda.

Jon Arrowsmith, Director of Cocker Hoop Creative, said: “Seeing Hue and Cry in the stunning surroundings of Lichfield Cathedral will be a perfect end to the first day of Lichfield Food Festival.

“Hue and Cry have been entertaining us for years with their soulful hits, and it’s such an honour to be working with them on this open air set.

“We’re really excited to be offering this event for free, but we’re urging festival goers to make sure they arrive in good time as entry is on a first come first served basis.”

On top of the two-hour live music set, there will be a range of street food stalls and pop up bars available.

There are 1,500 free entry places to see Hue and Cry Live at Lichfield Cathedral, and festival organisers are advising people to arrive at around 6.30pm, to stand a good chance of getting in and time to set up deck chairs, buy refreshments and settle in for two hours of quality music.

There is lots more on offer throughout Lichfield Food Festival on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 August, including a massive range of food and drink stalls and street food throughout the city centre, cookery demonstrations, 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.

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Lichfield Food Festival 2016 programme

Street food
Street food

Cookery demonstrations, Great British Bake Off stars, plenty of choice food and drink and live music are just some of the treats in store at this year’s Lichfield Food Festival on 27 and 28 August.

Lichfield Food Festival is an annual celebration of great food and drink that takes place across Lichfield city centre in the county of Staffordshire.

The free entry event is bigger and better this year with even more food and drink stalls, street food and pop up cocktail and coffee bars in the festival market. Brought to you by Cocker Hoop Creative, the market will run along city centre streets, around Lichfield’s iconic cathedral and throughout Three Spires Shopping Centre.

The city’s top restaurants will also be joining in, offering top dishes, samples and special offers along Bird Street, including a pop up beach and free cocktail masterclasses.

The market and Bird Street event will run from 9am to 5pm on Saturday and from 10am to 4.30pm on Sunday.

Howard Middleton
Howard Middleton
Ali Imdad
Ali Imdad

There’s also the chance to see a varied programme of cookery demonstrations, including displays by Great British Bake Off stars Howard Middleton and Ali Imdad. The free demonstrations are running on the half hour at Lichfield Cathedral on Saturday and in Lichfield’s historic Market Square on Sunday. Howard will take to the stage to showcase gluten free recipes on Saturday at 1.30pm and Ali will be baking on Sunday at 1.30pm.

Hue and cry
Hue and Cry

In a first for the tasty food festival, Hue and Cry will perform a live acoustic outside Lichfield Cathedral on Saturday evening at 7.30pm. Places to the two-hour open air concert, that will feature top hits including Labour of Love and Looking for Linda, are free but the 1,500 free spaces will be offered on a first come, first served basis.

Lichfield Food Festival also offers plenty for families with a Family Zone featuring free craft and cupcake decorating activities, thanks to Three Spires Shopping Centre and the Lichfield Garrick.

On top of this there are free KitchenAid cookery demonstrations, tasters and offers at The Kitchen Shop on Market Street over both days of the festival. A local brewers’ event, offering real ale and craft cider by the glass will be in the Guildroom of the Guildhall on Saturday from 12noon to 6pm. Then on Sunday home bakers will be entering their cakes into the Birthday Bake Off and festival goers will be able to vote for their favourites between 11.30pm and 3pm, before the main judging by Cakeydora Baking Academy. To enter visit www.lichfieldfood.co.uk/bake-off

The festival programme also includes a variety of live music, special offers, free samples, and plenty more.

This year the organising committee is being headed up by the Lichfield BID Manager, Morag Pringle. She said: “From the cookery demonstrations to the festival market and Hue and Cry concert, we’re all so excited about Lichfield Food Festival.

“The festival takes place throughout the city centre, so a good tip is to make sure you pick up a programme from one of our marshals so you don’t miss out on any of activities, events or street food.”

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.

To find see the full festival line-up visit www.lichfieldfood.co.uk/whatson/

 

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Birthday Bake Off

image of bake off posterLichfield Food Festival is challenging home bakers to make spectacular birthday cakes for this year’s baking competition, which is being held on Sunday 28 August.

It wouldn't be Lichfield Food Festival without a bake off, and festival organisers are inviting bakers of all ages to get their mixing bowls at the ready.

The Birthday Bake Off will be held at Three Spires Shopping Centre on Sunday 28 August. It can be entered in one of two age groups: 4 to 15 and 16 and over.

Older bakers, aged 16 and over, can enter a birthday cake or six birthday themed cupcakes for a chance to win afternoon tea for two at The George Hotel, vouchers to spend in The Kitchen Shop and Cakeydora and two Lichfield Cathedral library tours (on a selected date).

Younger bakers, aged from 4 to 15, can enter four birthday cupcakes for a chance to win a family ticket to see Sleeping Beauty at the Lichfield Garrick this Christmas, as well as Cakeydora and Kitchen Shop vouchers.

Participants will need to bring their entries to Three Spires Shopping Centre between 10.30am and 11.30am on Sunday 28 August.

The cakes will be on display for everyone to see, and this year festival goers will be invited to vote for their favourite junior and adult bakes between 11.30pm and 3pm. This will lead up to the judging by Julie Crisp, owner of the Lichfield's baking academy – Cakeydora. The cakes will be judged on both taste and appearance, and the winners will be announced at 3.30pm.

Julie Crisp, of Cakeydora Baking Academy, said: “I’m really excited about being a judge for the third time and seeing all the wonderful birthday cake creations. Each year I’m amazed by how much effort everyone goes to with their decorative skills, so I’m looking forward to seeing how this year’s birthday cake theme is interpreted.”

To enter the Birthday Bake Off and to read the competition guidelines, please visit www.lichfieldfood.co.uk/bake-off by the 26 August closing date.

To find out more contact Esther Epstein on 01543 308778 or email esther.epstein@lichfielddc.gov.uk

The Birthday Bake Off is sponsored by Cakeydora, The George Hotel, the Lichfield Garrick, The Kitchen Shop and Lichfield Cathedral. It is also supported by Lichfield District Council and Three Spires Shopping Centre.

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Ford car spreads Lichfield Food Festival word

Simon Chilton with Lichfield Food Festival car
Simon Chilton with Lichfield Food Festival car

Tempest Ford has unveiled its Lichfield Food Festival car which is driving throughout the district, promoting the end of summer festival as it goes.

As one of the two main sponsors of this year’s Lichfield Food Festival, which is taking place across the city on 27 and 28 August, Tempest Ford is eager to spread the message about the delicious festival.

This is why it has transformed a Ford car with Lichfield Food Festival vinyl stickers, which is now driving around the district and beyond, promoting the festival.

Brian Carruthers, Managing Director of Tempest Ford, said: “We are delighted to support Lichfield Food Festival as one of the main sponsors. This festival has proved increasingly popular over the past few years and has enormous potential for the future in terms of bringing large numbers of visitors to our beautiful city to enjoy the food on offer and to visit Lichfield’s historic attractions.”

More businesses and organisations are also sponsoring Lichfield Food Festival 2016, including the other main sponsor, Central England Co-operative, 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.

To find out more about Lichfield Food Festival by following us on Twitter @LichFoodFest and like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/lichfieldfoodfestival

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.

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Lichfield Food Festival 2016 sponsors

Festival market
Festival market

Organisers announce sponsors of Lichfield Food Festival, which is on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 August.

The Lichfield Food Festival Committee is busy preparing this summer’s tasty festival, and is delighted to announce its sponsors.

The two headline sponsors of the end of summer event, are Central England Co-operative and Tempest Ford.

This is the fourth Lichfield Food Festival that Central England Co-operative has sponsored and supported.

Martyn Cheatle, Chief Executive of Central England Co-operative, said: “We are pleased to be involved in such a major event in Lichfield’s social calendar – one that attracts thousands and thousands of visitors from across the region and allows us to be part of something that is a celebration of local producers and suppliers. It also allows us to celebrate the fact that this is where our Business Support Centre is based and our community ethos emanates from across our trading area.”

This is the first year Tempest Ford has sponsored the event, and they are doing it in style having transformed a Ford car with Lichfield Food Festival vinyl stickers.

Brian Carruthers, Managing Director of Tempest Ford, said: “We are delighted to support Lichfield Food Festival as main sponsors. This festival has proved increasingly popular over the past few years and has enormous potential for the future in terms of bringing large numbers of visitors to our beautiful city to enjoy the food on offer and to visit Lichfield’s historic attractions.”

More businesses and organisations are also sponsoring Lichfield Food Festival 2016, including: MCL Create, Tippers, Taste of Staffordshire, Lichfield Chamber of Trade & Commerce, The Smile Centre, Pom's Kitchen & Deli and The Best of Lichfield.

Morag Pringle, Lichfield BID Manager who is heading up Lichfield Food Festival Committee and helping to fund the event, said: “We’re ever so grateful to all our sponsors for their support. We couldn’t do it without them, and we’re thrilled that so many local businesses and organisations have got involved this year. It means we can present a fantastic event that’s bigger and better than previous festivals. Thank you so much to all our sponsors - it’s great to have you on board.”

Ali Imdad
Ali Imdad
Howard Middleton
Howard Middleton

The popular free-entry Lichfield Food Festival will showcase top chefs from across the region, a huge array of specialist food and drink, entertainment, a baking competition, KitchenAid demonstrations, a brewers event and more.

This year, the festival will also welcome the two familiar faces of Howard Middleton and Ali Imdad, former Great British Bake Off contestants, who will be presenting free baking demonstrations.

Cocker-hoop Creative is part of Lichfield Food Festival Committee, and is organising the Food Festival Market. This will see the city centre streets lined once more with food and drink stalls from specialist producers, including a wide range of street food.

Jon Arrowsmith, Director of Cocker-hoop Creative, said: “This year’s market is set to be our biggest yet, with 150 stalls and counting. We’ve got a great selection of traders, bringing a diverse mix of food and drink.

“We’re looking forward to a selection of Caribbean, Middle Eastern, Mexican, Polish, Malaysian and Chinese street food. We’ve also got a pizzeria, and pop-up coffee and alcohol bars, as well as producers selling olives, chutneys, artisan bread, cheese, homemade tarts, cakes, fudge and so much more.

“We’re also busy putting together plans for the live cookery demonstrations at Lichfield Cathedral that will be headlined by Great British Bake Off stars, as well as chefs and bakers from across the region.

“These activities wouldn’t be possible without the support of our sponsors, so on behalf of all the team at the food festival, thank you again.”

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

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Quality food and drink producers sought to be a part of summer festival

Lichfield Food Festival
Lichfield Food Festival

The tasty end of summer treat is set to return and will take place in venues and streets across Lichfield City centre on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 August 2016.

The popular free-entry Lichfield Food Festival will showcase top chefs from across the region, a huge array of specialist food and drink, entertainment a baking competition, a brewers event and more.

Cocker-hoop Creative will be organising the Food Festival Market, and the city centre streets are set to be packed once more with food and drink stalls from specialist producers, including a wide range of street food.

The application process for traders to be a part of this year’s festival has opened, and stall holders are being encouraged to apply in March to take advantage of the early bird booking offer.

To apply online, simply visit www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/lichfoodfest

This year the organising committee is being headed up by the Lichfield BID Manager, Morag Pringle. Of this year’s festival, Morag commented:

“Every year Lichfield Food Festival grows and grows and Lichfield BID is delighted to be involved in such a key event in Lichfield’s social calendar.

“The event has such a massive impact on the city, attracting thousands of visitors from across the region, putting us on the foodie map and allowing us to showcase all that our city has to offer, from its restaurants, bars and shops to its heritage attractions and parks.”

There are many ways to get involved in the event, from becoming a sponsor to being a part of the market. To find out more visit www.lichfieldfood.co.uk, follow us on Twitter @LichFoodFest and like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/lichfieldfoodfestival.

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.

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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.

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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.

If you came to the festival, please give us your feedback at www.facebook.com/lichfieldfoodfestival.

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Lichfield Food Festival’s cookery demonstrations

Simon Smith on stage
Cookery theatre

Top chefs and bakers will be taking to the Lichfield Garrick stage over the festival weekend to showcase their favourite dishes.

The Lichfield Garrick is proud to be hosting a series of cookery demonstrations over both days of Lichfield Food Festival, which is taking place on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 August 2015.

Running on the hour, the demonstrations will be live on the Garrick’s main stage and will offer audience members the chance to see professional chefs in action.

The cookery demonstrations on Saturday 29 August 

• 11am - Julie Crisp, Cakeydora Baking Academy, demonstrating cake decoration
• 12noon - Simon Smith, Private Caterer, will be cooking easy entertaining dishes
• 1pm – Litton, South East Chef of the Year, Delhi 6, Sutton Coldfield
• 2pm - Steve Small, Head Chef, The Wine House & Tropper at Wall
• 3pm - Adam Frosh, The Surgeon in the Kitchen, showing how to host the perfect dinner party

The cookery demonstrations on Sunday 30 August

• 12noon - Matt Warburton, Head Chef, New Hall
• 1pm - Darren Curson, Executive Chef at The Fairlawns Hotel in Aldridge, cooking top dishes
• 2pm - Paul Bough, Zwilling J.A. Henckels will be demonstrating knife skills
• 3pm - The Baking Housewife will show how to make a delicious rum cake

Chef and Private Caterer, Simon Smith, said:  “It’s great to be back for our fourth festival, and this year we’re bringing you some brilliant cookery displays by regional and local chefs and bakers. From cupcake decorating to top selling dishes from fine dining restaurants, the demonstrations will give you plenty of ideas and are free to watch from the comfort of the Lichfield Garrick.”

The demonstrations are free - places are issued on a first come first seated basis. The event is sponsored by Central England Co-operative and Tippers.

Malcom Harradine
Mal Harradine

On top of the ‘food theatre’, there will more chances to see chefs at work, including at The Kitchen Shop, where QVC and Ideal World TV presenter, Mal Harradine, will present a series of fun cookery demonstrations intermittently between 10am and 4pm over both days of the festival.

You can also head to Lichfield Cathedral from 9am to 4pm on Saturday 29 August to see cookery demonstrations from a pop-up kitchen.

And, if children want to get a hands-on experience they can have a go at decorating cupcakes in a series of free Teddy Bears’ Picnic Cupcake Decorating Workshops in the Studio of the Lichfield Garrick.

Run by Cakeydora Baking Academy, the workshops are 15 minutes long and are running on Saturday 29 August at 1pm, 1.30pm, 3pm and 3.30pm.

The sessions are free and you can drop-in to them, but booking is recommended to avoid disappointment. Sign up online.

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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