Taste Cheshire 2024 Food and Drink Festival

Welcome to the Taste Cheshire Food and Drink Festival 2024, a culinary extravaganza set to delight your senses and ignite your passion for gourmet experiences. Mark your calendars for the Easter weekend, from 30th March to 1st April 2024, as Chester Racecourse transforms into a paradise for food lovers and drink connoisseurs. This year, we are thrilled to celebrate the 24th anniversary of the festival, a testament to its enduring appeal and significant role in the culinary landscape of Chester and beyond.

The Taste Cheshire Food and Drink Festival has become a hallmark event eagerly anticipated by locals and visitors alike. As we enter our 24th year, the festival promises to be bigger and better than ever. With a rich history of bringing together the finest chefs, food artisans, and drink producers, this festival is not just an event; it’s a tradition that celebrates the vibrant food culture of Cheshire. Whether you’re a seasoned festival-goer or planning your first visit, the Taste Cheshire 2024 is set to offer an unforgettable experience filled with delicious flavours, inspiring demonstrations, and the joy of shared culinary adventures.

Nestled in the heart of Chester, the racecourse provides the perfect backdrop for this gastronomic festival. Its sprawling grounds will host an array of tents, stands, and stages, each offering a unique taste of what Cheshire and the surrounding regions have to offer. From savoury delights and sweet treats to artisan beverages and interactive cooking classes, there’s something for everyone at the Taste Cheshire Food and Drink Festival 2024.

Join us as we embark on a journey of taste, tradition, and celebration. This year’s festival is an opportunity to indulge in the best food and drink, connect with the community, learn from renowned chefs, and make lasting memories. The Taste Cheshire Food and Drink Festival 2024 is more than an event; it showcases the passion, creativity, and spirit that define our local culinary scene.

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Why Taste Cheshire 2024?

The Taste Cheshire Food and Drink Festival 2024 is set to be an unparalleled celebration of culinary excellence, offering a plethora of reasons for enthusiasts and families alike to attend. This year, the festival is expanding its horizons to bring visitors an even more diverse and rich experience, making it a standout event on the culinary calendar. Here’s why you should take advantage of this gastronomic adventure.

The 2024 edition of the festival is poised to be the most ambitious yet, with an expanded line-up of chefs, exhibitors, and activities. The entire central section of the Chester Racecourse will be transformed into a vibrant marketplace of flavours, aromas, and culinary innovation. Attendees can expect more food stalls, live cooking demonstrations, and interactive sessions, providing a hands-on experience beyond the traditional food festival. With a focus on local produce and international cuisines, the festival offers a unique opportunity to explore a world of flavours in one convenient location.

Understanding the importance of family experiences, Taste Cheshire 2024 is delighted to announce that children under five can attend the festival for free. This initiative aims to encourage families to introduce the joy of food and drink to the younger generation, fostering a love for culinary arts from an early age. It’s a perfect opportunity for a family outing where the little ones can engage in fun and educational activities tailored just for them, making the festival an ideal destination for parents looking for a family-friendly Easter weekend.

The festival’s credibility is underscored by its impressive roster of previous headliners, which includes celebrated chefs and culinary experts such as John Torode, Chris Bavin, Nisha Katona, Andy Oliver, and Simon Rimmer. These renowned figures have graced the festival with their expertise, sharing their knowledge and passion for food with attendees. The 2024 festival continues this tradition of excellence by featuring a stellar lineup of chefs, including Miguel Barclay, Paul Rankin, Simon Rimmer, Valentina Aviotti, and the innovative team behind All About Greens. Their presence adds star power to the event and ensures visitors are treated to top-tier culinary demonstrations and insights.

The Taste Cheshire Food and Drink Festival 2024 offers more than just a taste of the region’s best food and drink; it provides a comprehensive culinary experience that educates, entertains, and inspires. Whether you’re a foodie searching for the latest trends, a family looking for a memorable day out, or someone who loves great food and good company, this festival promises to deliver an unforgettable experience. Join us to celebrate Cheshire’s rich culinary heritage and vibrant food scene and beyond.

 

Featured Chefs and Demonstrations

The Taste Cheshire Food and Drink Festival 2024 is thrilled to showcase an exceptional line-up of culinary talents, each bringing unique flavours, stories, and skills. This year’s featured chefs are set to elevate the festival experience with their demonstrations, engaging attendees with their culinary journeys and innovative dishes.

Miguel Barclay

Miguel Barclay, renowned as the genius behind the #onepoundmeals phenomenon, is a chef, presenter, and best-selling author who has revolutionised how we think about budget-friendly cooking. With a following of over 250,000 on Instagram and seven best-selling cookbooks, Miguel has firmly established himself as one of the UK’s leading budget chefs. Known for appearing on popular TV shows such as Saturday Kitchen and This Morning, Miguel brings his flair to creating delicious, cost-effective meals to the festival. Attendees can look forward to learning how to whip up gourmet meals without breaking the bank, making Miguel’s demonstration a must-see for anyone looking to elevate their home cooking game.

Paul Rankin

Paul Rankin, a name synonymous with the transformation of Northern Ireland’s culinary scene, gained fame as the chef behind Roscoff, the first restaurant in the country to win a Michelin Star. His move to Scotland and subsequent role as Chef/Patron at the famous Stein Inn on the Isle of Skye has only added to his culinary repertoire. Paul’s extensive TV career, including long-standing roles on Ready Steady Cook and Paul and Nick’s Big Food Trip, has made him a familiar face to food enthusiasts. Festival-goers can anticipate a blend of traditional and innovative cooking techniques, drawing on Paul’s rich culinary background and his explorations of Ulster-Scots heritage.

Simon Rimmer

Simon Rimmer, the charismatic chef best known for his role on BBC2’s Something for the Weekend, has a culinary career that began with his vegetarian restaurant, Greens, in 1990. Now a staple on Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch, Simon has authored cookbooks and appeared on numerous cooking shows, including the Great British Menu. His approachable style and passion for creating accessible, flavourful dishes highlight his demonstration, offering festival attendees a chance to engage with one of the most personable chefs in the UK.

Valentina Aviotti

Chef Valentina Aviotti, with her authentic Italian cuisine, has earned recognition in the Michelin Guide four times, a testament to her dedication to the tastes and traditions of Italy. Her restaurant, Da Noi, focuses on bringing the essence of Italian dining to the forefront. Valentina’s culinary philosophy centres around authenticity, quality ingredients, and the joy of sharing good food. Her participation in the festival is an invitation to explore the rich depths of Italian cuisine, promising an educational and sensory-filled demonstration.

All About Greens (Rupert and Lisa Hinze)

Rupert and Lisa Hinze, the pioneering duo behind All About Greens, are trying to transform the plant-based cooking landscape. Their online Plant-Based Food Foundation Course has become a beacon for aspiring and professional chefs, offering a comprehensive curriculum ranging from basic knife skills to sophisticated plant-based recipes. The festival provides a unique platform for Rupert and Lisa to share their knowledge and passion for plant-based cooking, offering hands-on sessions that promise to inspire and educate attendees on the benefits and versatility of plant-based cuisine.

Each chef and their demonstration at the Taste Cheshire Food and Drink Festival 2024 embody the spirit of culinary innovation and tradition. Whether you’re a seasoned foodie or a curious newcomer, the festival’s featured chefs and their diverse range of cooking styles and philosophies offer something for everyone, making this year’s event an unmissable celebration of food and drink.

 

Cooking Classes

The Taste Cheshire Food and Drink Festival 2024 goes beyond mere tasting; it offers hands-on cooking classes for adults and children, making it an enriching experience for the entire family. These sessions are designed to entertain and educate, allowing participants to dive deep into the culinary arts under the guidance of expert chefs. Here’s what attendees can expect from this year’s cooking classes.

Adult Cooking Classes

This year, the festival specialises in plant-based dishes, reflecting the growing interest in sustainable and healthy eating. The Adult Cooking Classes are a fantastic opportunity for food enthusiasts to refine their cooking skills, learn new plant-based recipes, and gain insights into the versatility of vegetarian cuisine. Under the mentorship of seasoned chefs, including the talented team from All About Greens, participants will be guided through preparing various plant-based dishes, from appetisers to main courses and desserts.

A highlight of the adult cooking classes is the session led by Bhupinder Virdee-Lace, a guest chef renowned for her expertise in spices and traditional Indian cuisine. Bhupinder’s sessions will focus on making chapattis, a staple in Indian cooking, and transforming leftovers into magical meals. Attendees will have the chance to explore the aromatic world of spices, learning how to use them to elevate their dishes. Bhupinder is passionate about sharing her heritage and culinary knowledge, making her sessions an educational and flavourful journey into Indian cooking.

Kids Cooking Classes

The festival is committed to fostering a love for cooking among the younger generation, and the Kids Cooking Classes are designed to do just that. Led by the Academy of Culinary Arts team, these classes provide a sensory guide to food, introducing children to tastes, smells, and colours that make up the culinary world. Through hands-on activities, children of all ages will learn basic cooking techniques and have the opportunity to prepare a dish alongside their peers and under the guidance of professional chefs.

The sessions are tailored to engage children in a fun and interactive way, allowing them to explore their creativity in the kitchen. From kneading dough to chopping vegetables (with safety always a priority), the classes aim to instil confidence and a sense of accomplishment in young cooks. Parents are encouraged to book these popular sessions early on the festival day to ensure their child secures a spot in this exciting culinary adventure.

The Taste Cheshire Food and Drink Festival 2024 cooking classes are more than just learning opportunities; they celebrate the joy of cooking and the shared experiences of creating and enjoying food together. Whether you’re an adult looking to expand your culinary repertoire or a child taking your first steps in the kitchen, these classes offer a welcoming and inspiring environment to explore the world of food.

 

Exhibitors

The Taste Cheshire Food and Drink Festival 2024 is a celebration of culinary arts and a vibrant marketplace showcasing the rich tapestry of local and regional producers, artisans, and entrepreneurs. With an eclectic mix of exhibitors ranging from gourmet food vendors and premium drink brands to unique craft makers, the festival offers an immersive experience that caters to every palate and interest.

The festival prides itself on the diversity of its exhibitors, providing a platform for established brands and emerging talents in the food, drink, and craft sectors. Attendees can expect to wander through a maze of stalls, each offering something different to discover, taste, and enjoy. Here are just a few highlights from the vast array of exhibitors set to grace the festival:

The Gourmet Scotch Egg Co.: Redefining a classic British snack, The Gourmet Scotch Egg Co. offers a range of scotch eggs, each crafted with the finest ingredients and a twist of culinary creativity. From traditional flavours to innovative combinations, their scotch eggs are a must-try for anyone looking to indulge in a gourmet version of this beloved delicacy.

The Mighty Spice: Embark on a global culinary journey with The Mighty Spice, where spices and seasonings worldwide take centre stage. This exhibitor is perfect for those looking to add an extra kick to their cooking, with expertly blended spices that promise to transform any dish into a masterpiece.

Loaded Pies & Co.: Pie lovers rejoice! Loaded Pies & Co. brings a delicious selection of anything but ordinary pies. Filled to the brim with savoury ingredients and encased in perfectly flaky pastry, their pies are a testament to the art of pie-making and a tribute to British culinary traditions.

Root2Ginger: For those seeking refreshment, Root2Ginger offers a zesty twist with their range of ginger-based beverages. From traditional ginger beer to ginger-infused lemonades, their drinks are crafted for those who appreciate ginger’s fiery kick and health benefits.

Artisan Camper: Combining craftsmanship with culinary innovation, Artisan Camper is a mobile culinary delight serving artisanal eats and treats. Whether it’s gourmet sandwiches, speciality coffees, or homemade pastries, their offerings are perfect for foodies on the go.

Riverford Organic Farmers: Championing the farm-to-table movement, Riverford Organic Farmers will be on hand to showcase their commitment to sustainable and organic farming. Attendees can learn about the benefits of organic produce and even sign up for a box scheme to enjoy fresh, seasonal vegetables delivered straight to their door.

Chocoholics Anonymous: A haven for chocolate lovers, Chocoholics Anonymous features a decadent selection of handmade chocolates and confections. From classic truffles to innovative chocolate creations, their offerings will satisfy any sweet tooth.

These exhibitors represent just a fraction of what the Taste Cheshire Food and Drink Festival 2024 has in store. With each stall offering a unique story, flavour, or product, the festival is a testament to the creativity and passion that drives the culinary and craft communities in Cheshire and beyond. Attendees are encouraged to explore, sample, and support the incredible talent on display, making the festival a truly enriching experience for all involved.

 

Planning Your Visit

Taste Cheshire Food and Drink Festival 2024 promises an unforgettable experience filled with culinary delights. To ensure you make the most of your festival weekend, here’s a comprehensive guide on getting there, parking options, public transport, and suggestions for accommodation.

Getting There

Road:
Chester Racecourse, the festival’s venue, is easily accessible by car and is well-connected to major highways. Located close to the M53, M56, M6, and A483, the racecourse offers straightforward access from Liverpool, Manchester, North Wales, and the south of England. For satellite navigation, use the postcode CH1 2LY to find the most direct route to the event.

Parking:
Several parking options are available around Chester Racecourse, including on-site and nearby public parking facilities. Arriving early to secure a spot is advisable, as spaces can fill up quickly during the festival weekend.

Public Transport:

Train:
Chester Train Station is a convenient option for those travelling by rail, situated a 20-30 minute walk from the festival site. The walk offers a scenic route through Chester city centre, adding to the overall experience.

Bus:
A circular bus service operates frequently between the train station and Chester City Centre, providing an easy connection to the festival.

Chester Taxi Services:
For a hassle-free journey, Chester Taxi Services offers reliable and efficient transportation to the festival. With a fleet that includes wheelchair-friendly minibuses and a variety of vehicles, they cater to all needs, ensuring a comfortable ride to and from the event.

Accommodation and Stay

To fully immerse yourself in the festival experience, consider staying in one of Chester’s comfortable and convenient hotels. Here are some suggestions:

ABode Chester:
Offering stunning views of the racecourse and city, ABode Chester combines luxury with convenience, making it a perfect choice for those looking to indulge.

Holiday Inn Express Chester – Racecourse:
Situated right next to the festival venue, this hotel offers comfortable rooms and an inclusive breakfast, ideal for festival-goers seeking proximity and value.

Crowne Plaza Chester:
For those seeking a blend of comfort and luxury, the Crowne Plaza is located in the heart of Chester, providing easy access to the festival and the city’s attractions.

Leonardo Hotel Chester:
A new addition to Chester’s accommodation options, offering modern rooms and amenities within walking distance of the festival site.

Travelodge Chester Central:
A budget-friendly option, this hotel provides basic, comfortable accommodation in a central location, perfect for those who prioritize convenience and affordability.

The Hotel Chester:
Offering a boutique experience, this hotel is known for its charming rooms and exceptional service, adding an extra touch of elegance to your festival weekend.

When planning your stay, booking accommodations early is advisable, as hotels can fill up quickly due to the festival’s popularity. Whether you’re looking for luxury, convenience, or value, Chester offers a range of options to suit every preference and budget, ensuring a comfortable and enjoyable festival experience.

 

FAQs

Attending the Taste Cheshire Food and Drink Festival 2024 is an exciting opportunity to explore the best culinary delights. To help you prepare for your visit, we’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions covering ticketing options, facilities, and tips for first-time attendees.

Ticketing Options

The festival offers two main ticket types to cater to different preferences:

One Day Ticket:
Perfect for those who wish to attend the festival on a specific day. This ticket grants access to all the day’s events, demonstrations, and exhibitor areas.

3-Day Roamer:
Ideal for the ultimate food and drink enthusiasts who don’t want to miss a thing. The 3-Day Roamer ticket allows you to come and go as you please throughout the entire festival weekend, giving you the flexibility to experience everything on offer at your own pace.

Facilities and Amenities

The festival is committed to being accessible to all attendees. Accessible parking is available, and the site features ramps and accessible restrooms to accommodate guests with mobility needs.

The festival provides ample restroom facilities throughout the venue, including accessible options. These facilities are regularly cleaned and stocked.

Most festival exhibitors and food vendors accept cash and major credit/debit cards. However, to ensure a smooth experience, carrying some cash as a backup is advisable, as not all small vendors might have card facilities. Additionally, there might be ATMs on site, but having cash on hand can save you time and avoid any potential queues.

First-Time Attendees

Comfortable footwear:
You’ll likely be on your feet most of the day, exploring stalls and standing at demonstrations.

Reusable water bottle:
Stay hydrated throughout the day, especially when indulging in salty foods or alcohol.

Sun protection or rain gear:
Bring sunscreen, a hat, a small umbrella, and a lightweight raincoat depending on the weather.

A backpack or tote:
It is ideal for carrying any purchases, freebies, and personal items.

The Taste Cheshire Food and Drink Festival has no specific dress code. Comfort and practicality should be your guide. The event is outdoors, so dress according to the weather forecast and be prepared for changes. Layering is always a good idea, as it can be cooler in the morning and evening but warmer in the afternoon.

Plan your visit:
Check the festival schedule beforehand to highlight any must-see demonstrations or chefs.

Arrive early:
Especially if you want to attend popular demonstrations or cooking classes, as these can fill up quickly.

Stay flexible:
While having a plan is good, some of the best festival experiences come from spontaneous discoveries.

Stay hydrated and pace yourself:
With so many delicious foods and drinks to try, it’s easy to overindulge. Remember to drink water throughout the day.

 

Recap

The Taste Cheshire Food and Drink Festival 2024 stands out as a beacon for culinary enthusiasts, families, and anyone with an appreciation for gourmet experiences and artisanal craftsmanship. As we look forward to celebrating the 24th year of this vibrant festival, it’s clear that this event is much more than just a gathering; it’s a celebration of culture, creativity, and community.

With an expansive line-up of renowned chefs and culinary experts ready to share their skills and a diverse array of exhibitors showcasing the best in food, drink, and crafts, the festival promises a comprehensive sensory journey. When you step into the picturesque Chester Racecourse, you’re invited to explore a world where taste, aroma, and innovation come together in a lively and welcoming atmosphere.

The festival’s commitment to inclusivity is demonstrated through ticketing options that cater to different needs and free entry for children under 5, ensuring that it is an event for everyone. Accessible facilities and a wide range of amenities further underscore this commitment, ensuring all attendees can enjoy the festival comfortably and without worry.

Moreover, the cooking classes for adults and children offer a chance to learn new skills and recipes and foster a sense of community and shared learning. These sessions are a testament to the festival’s dedication to education and engagement in the culinary arts, inspiring attendees of all ages to explore their culinary passions.

The Taste Cheshire Food and Drink Festival 2024 is not just an event to visit but an experience to be savoured. Whether you’re drawn by the allure of tasting innovative dishes, eager to learn from top chefs, or simply looking to enjoy a day out with family and friends amidst the backdrop of culinary excellence, this festival has something to offer. It is a celebration of the rich and diverse food culture that defines Cheshire and beyond, making it a must-visit event for anyone who loves food, appreciates craftsmanship, and enjoys being part of a vibrant community. Join us as we embark on another memorable edition of the Taste Cheshire Food and Drink Festival, and be part of a tradition that continues to grow and delight year after year.

 

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