If there is one thing that brings some light relief in these most trying of times, it is food. It both sustains and comforts.
All the more reason to put this year’s Cheltenham Food & Drink Festival, 24 to 26 June 2022, in your diaries. It’s good to have something to look forward to. There are some big names heading to the festival venue at Montpellier Gardens too, including John Torode, the celebrity co-presenter of MasterChef and co-host of John and Lisa’s Kitchen.
If you have MasterChef ambitions, then the Australian celebrity chef and TV presenter will be on hand with his tips and tricks at his cooking demonstration on Saturday 25 June. Watch him at work and step up your kitchen creations.
There will be more ‘live events’ from other culinary artists across the three-day festival. The Lansdown Kitchen Chef’s Theatre will host several inspiring local chefs who will demonstrate their creative cooking, sharing their passion for food and some of their cooking tips.
If wine is more your thing, then there is no fear of missing out. Amelia Springer, a leading wine expert from the hit television show The Drink Show, will be presenting two wine masterclasses held in the International Wine Theatre. Expect lots of sniffing, sipping and swirling, and see what flavour notes you come up with.
If there is wine, then there must be cheese, and a host of cheese masterclasses to satisfy the taste buds of the cheesiest of cheese lovers. You will learn the difference between English and French mould-ripened cheeses, what one should include in the perfect cheese board and how you judge a cheese by its rind.
The explosion in craft beers, gins and vodkas in recent years is represented at the Festival. Pop along to the Drinks Theatre with some of the best-tutored tastings, from gin to whisky to rum to craft beer. There will be plenty of opportunities to taste the finest drinks available today from unique boutique producers producing craft drinks with quality and flavour
There will be lots on the menu for all the family with street theatre and traditional Punch and Judy. There is live music throughout the weekend, and you will have the chance to buy a range of delicious foods, pickles, sweets, and alcoholic items from over 130 exhibitors.
Something different for the 2022 festival, is the Dog Show. Cheltenham Animal Shelter will be holding a twenty minute trick training session on Saturday 25 June and on Sunday 26 June is the Fun Dog Show. The £2 registration fee will go to the Cheltenham Animal Shelter.
Pre-booking for the Masterclasses is essential. For further information, free PDF brochure and to buy your tickets, click here.
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