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Get ready for a free ‘feastival’ for all the family! The table is set for the second Woking Food and Drink Festival, from Friday 5 to Sunday 7 September 2014, which will be bursting with mouth-watering stalls and free activities for all of the family. Last year’s Festival attracted in excess of 20,000 visitors. This year's will be bigger and better with the Festival’s footprint stretching across the pedestrian areas in Jubilee Square, Market Walk, Commercial Way, Mercia Walk, Gloucester Walk and culminating in a Fairtrade Food and Family Quarter at The Lightbox and WWF-UK's Living Planet Centre. Festival highlights Festival highlights will include: · an assortment of over 60 high quality food and drink stalls · live culinary demonstrations from prestigious TV and local chefs in the Tante Marie Culinary Academy Theatre · Broil King BBQ demonstrations · Fairtrade Food and Family Quarter at The Lightbox and WWF-UK Living Planet Centre · cookery workshops for children at The Lightbox · Bake Off competition judged by Great British Bake Off 2013 winner, Frances Quinn · live entertainment. Tante Marie Culinary Academy Theatre Whether you are a cookery beginner, improver or foodie fanatic, visitors to the Tante Marie Culinary Academy Theatre will be able to watch the ‘cream of the crop’ deliver live gourmet demonstrations in the purpose-built, professional cookery marquee. Topping the Theatre’s bill will be demonstrations by TV chefs Frances Quinn, Great British Bake Off 2013 winner, Jack Stein, Executive Chef for Stein Restaurants in Padstow and son of TV great Rick Stein, Sabrina Ghayour, best-selling author of cook-book ‘Persiana’, locally trained Neil Rankin, Great British Menu 2014 contestant and rising star, and Mark Lloyd, former Head Chef at Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s River Cottage. Showcasing the local area’s strong culinary credentials will be live demos from a range of prominent chefs and restaurant owners – all based within a five-mile radius of the Town Centre. Confirmed demo chefs are: · Steve Drake – Former Roux Scholarship winner and owner of Drakes in Ripley; a Michelin Star rated restaurant. · Fernando Stovell – Featured chef on BBC One’s Saturday Kitchen and owner of Stovell’s restaurant in Chobham. · Ben Piette – MasterChef 2010 semi-finalist and owner of London House restaurant in Old Woking. · Mourad Khiat – Head Pastry Chef at the 5* Berkeley Hotel in Knightsbridge, London and owner of MK Pastry Arts, Woking. · Thierry de Magneval – Former Sommelier and restaurateur at the Berkeley Hotel, Roux Brassiere, Roux at Parliament Square, La Gavroche and Chief Sommelier and owner of Cellar Magneval in Woking. · Tante Marie Culinary Academy instructors – The oldest independent cookery school in the UK which has been based in the Borough for the last 60 years. · RaysIndian – Woking Advertiser Curry of the Year 2014 winner. Speaking about her appearance, Frances Quinn, Great British Bake Off 2013 winner, said: “I'm really looking forward to taking part in this year’s Woking Food and Drink Festival. I'm excited to be demonstrating some special recipes, alongside a line up of great local chefs." Broil King BBQ Demonstration Stage Adding some extra sizzle to the Woking Food and Drink Festival will be the Broil King BBQ Demonstration Stage, located in Gloucester Square and presented by chef Richard Fox. If you thought BBQ fayre was the sole domain of the burger and sausage, then think again as expert chefs inspire, entertain and inform you! Fairtrade Food and Family Quarter New to the Festival this year, will be the Fairtrade Food and Family Quarter to be hosted dually by The Lightbox and WWF-UK’s Living Planet Centre. Visitors to The Lightbox gallery and museum can visit Fairtrade food stalls and get involved in a range of fun and interactive children’s cookery workshops and the ‘Giant Electronic Art Show’ exhibition. Opening on Saturday 6 September between 10am and 4pm, WWF-UK’s Living Planet Centre will be taken over with exhibitions and family hands-on activities exploring healthy and sustainable living. Children’s cookery workshops The children’s workshops give foodies of the future the opportunity to combine basic ingredients to create delicious and healthy items, and also to take part in Kid’s Food Laboratory experiments include creating edible slime, mixing fizzy cocktails and creating milk kaleidoscopes! The free children’s cookery workshops, held in The Lightbox’s Education Suite (on the first floor), will be open to children of all ages and must be pre-booked. Bake Off competition For local bakers looking for a challenge to rise to, why not enter the Festival’s free Bake Off competition taking place on Sunday 7 September. The competition will be judged by Great British Bake Off 2013 winner, Frances Quinn. Speaking about the competition, Frances said: “I’m extremely excited to be judging the Bake Off. Baking is something that I’ve always been passionate about and I know many other people feel the same – so I can’t wait to see the entries. I’ll be looking for sponge cakes with a great consistency, fluffy, light and not too dense, and with fantastic overall presentation – basically a cake that just makes you want to take a huge bite!” Sponsors This year’s Woking Food and Drink Festival is delivered in partnership by Celebrate Woking and Woking Shopping, and kindly sponsored by Tante Marie Culinary Academy, Balfour Beatty, Woking Advertiser, Enterprise Rent-A-Car and Mayer Brown. More information For full details about this year’s Woking Food and Drink Festival, visit www.wokingfoodanddrinkfestival.co.uk or follow on Twitter at @WokingFoodFest
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