Dates for the diary – Foodies Festival

Foodies Festival  – all the dates and venues for the rest of the summer

Foodies Festival still has five venues to visit this summer.   The three-day weekends feature live cooking demonstrations from an extensive menu of top chefs drawn from the ranks of
MasterChef and Great British Bake-Off champions, Great British Menu winners and judges and TV guest chefs, plus highly-rated Michelin-starred chefs in each region.

Music headliners include: Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Natalie Imbruglia, Fleur East, Blue, Martin Kemp, Scouting For Girls, Craig Charles Funk and Soul Club, Toploader, Five and
rapidly rising Scottish artists Callum Beattie and Calum Bowie.

An extensive menu of Michelin and multi-award-winning chefs will appear on the menu throughout the summer, including MasterChef: The Professionals champion and National Chef of Scotland, Gary Maclean, from Creel Caught in Edinburgh.

New for Fridays: the festival launches ‘Cocktails, Cabaret and Cake’ – kicking off each weekend with a fun-fuelled schedule of events with a comprehensive selection of traditional and on-trend
new cocktails to tempt the tastebuds, cocktail-making sessions with flamboyant mixologists and theatre shows. Including entertaining cabaret sessions, drag artists, competitions, comedy,
top tribute acts and local performers, all headlined by a superb ABBA tribute band.

Throughout each weekend, visitors will enjoy a jam-packed schedule of TV cooking show champions and award-winning chefs in the interactive live theatres. In the Chefs Theatre, celebrities will create their signature dishes and share new tips and tricks, whilst in the Cake & Bake Theatre, star bakers whip up showstoppers and offer tempting sweet treats.

In The Kids Cookery School, Foodies SuperChefs make cooking fun, helping younger guests to prepare delicious food which they can take away and enjoy. Masterclasses in the Drinks Theatre
include tutored Champagne, Beer, Cider, Cocktail and Winetasting, including presentations from ITV and BBC drinks experts.

Visitors can browse the latest food trends in the Shopping Village, meet local producers in the Artisan Market and taste exotic and unusual new dishes in the Feasting Tent – which features a mouth-watering range of street food and delicacies from all four corners of the globe. Other attractions include a fairground, children’s activities, and family-friendly areas.

New features for 2023
*Top TV Chef Challenge: This battle of the best will see winners and finalists of MasterChef competing with the winners of Bake Off and Great British Menu as they take to the live stage, in a
highly competitive cook-off to create the most impressive dish.

*Theatre Takeovers: Expect comedy, hit songs, audience participation, Drag Queens, and a lot of fun!
*Green Fingers: meet the experts hosting sessions on grow your own fruit and veg, discover new varieties, recipe ideas and health benefits.

Foodies Favourites
*Meet the authors and discover new recipes in the Cookbook Shop – with celebrity signings, photo opportunities and top chefs’ showcasing their latest cookbooks.
*World Chilli eating Champion Shahina Waseem will challenge those brave enough to compete. Competitions will be broadcast to ‘League of Fire’ audiences around the world.
*Kids Can Cook!: Budding junior MasterChefs get creative in the Kids Cookery School, hosted by Foodies SuperChefs.
*The Musicians Against Homelessness main stage will feature over 400 superb artists. Including top headliners, the best of local bands and an introduction to exciting new acts from across the UK.

Director Sue Hitchen said: “Foodies Festivals are a celebration of amazing food, drink and entertainment and we are proud to support local artisan producers and restaurants.
“We’ve all had a difficult few years, so to help keep things affordable festival prices have been frozen for the third year running – even though our stars and features get bigger and
better every year. We offer a great value day out for families and friends.”

For the fifth year running, the festival is supporting Musicians Against Homelessness (MAH) with tickets raising money for UK-wide homelessness charity Crisis.

MAH founder Emma Rule said: “We are thrilled to be back at Foodies with our music stage and a fantastic line-up of artists, raising much-needed funds during these challenging times.”

Foodies Festival dates for the rest of the summer.

Winchester, North Walls Recreation Ground: 14th, 15th, 16th July
Edinburgh, Inverleith Park: 4th, 5th, 6th August
Glasgow, Rouken Glen Park: 11th, 12th, 13th August
Oxford, South Parks: 26th, 27th, 28th August – Bank Holiday
Norwich, Earlham Park: 8th, 9th, 10th September

Tickets from £3 (child) and £18 (adult) are on sale now at




I am Emma and with my husband Mark write Foodie Explorers, which is a food and travel website.

I am a member of the Guild of Food Writers and British Guild of Travel Writers.

We have a wide range of judging experience covering products, hotels and have judged, for example, for Great Taste Awards and Scottish Baker of the Year.

Along the way Mark gained WSET Level 2 in Wine and I have WSET Level 2 in Spirits as well as picking up an award with The Scotsman Food and Drink Awards.    

Usually I can be found sleeping beside a cat.

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