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Foodies rejoice! The Food Festival is go

Foodies - perk up your ears! The most popular food festival in the South West is back to cook up a storm at Gloucester Quays. If you love cooking or just watching TV chefs whipping up delicious dishes, check out the lineup at this must-see, delectable diary fixture.

Ready for some open-air gastronomy? Then let us whisk you away to the Food Festival at Gloucester Quays. This completely free entry event (whoop!) will be serving up a fantastic weekend of cooking, chef demos, workshops and much more.

When is it on?

The Food Festival began in Gloucester Quays in 2016, this year it runs from Saturday 23rd July to Sunday 24th July.

What gastronomic names can we expect?

The open-air Cookery Theatre will be hosted on both days by chef, TV presenter and author Chris Bavin. Live cookery sessions will feature a mouth-watering line-up of celebrity chefs.

On Saturday see talented chef Alex Hollywood, home cook and family food writer. Also starring at the demos will be TV chef Joe Hurd and MasterChef 2022 Champion Eddie Scott.

See Michelin-starred chef Jean Christophe Novelli

If you are heading in on the Sunday expect to see his gastronomic highness Jean Christophe Novelli, Michelin star chef and well known TV gourmand. He will be showing off his skills, cooking up delicious treats, and probably be open to a few selfies too, if you’re lucky!

Joe Hurd

Also booked to appear are Masterchef finalist Chef Philli and Dirty Vegan Matt Pritchard, TV presenter and author. Each guest chef will be cooking up something different each day in Mariners Square.

Chef Philli

Sounds good, anything new for 2022?

Visitors can enjoy amazing shopping, eating delicious food from some of the region’s best street-food, and brand new for 2022 is the Vintage Tearoom, hosted by Cheltenham’s well-known cake and tea emporium, Once Upon a Tearoom.

What else can we expect?

Come for the food and stay for the live music. Pitch up in Orchard Square and enjoy sets from rock band The Indigos, acoustic guitar chill-out from Rob McKewen, reggae from The Cuginis and piano from Ed Barnfield.

What will there be to entertain the sprogs? 

There will be a Food Festival Trail within the centre during the weekend so keep your eyes peeled for that.

What sort of stalls will be selling their wares?

We have more than 150 stalls across the festival at High Orchard Street, llanthony Road, Orchard Square and Victoria Basin. From delicious sweets treats from companies including Tewkesbury Treats, Divine Doughnuts, Flic’s Rustic Bakes, Chock Shop, Baked to Share and local favourites Janes Pantry, amazing breads and pastries from Boys Bakery.

Fudges and sweets from the popular Whittals, Jane Elizabeth Confectionery & Berrys Pick N Mix, delicious Gins, Vodkas, Rums and spirits from Hay Distillery, Kin Toffee Vodka, Sweet Potato Gin, O’Donnell’s Moonshine, Silent Pool Gin and Beckford’s Rum. Local beers and ciders from Cotswold Lakes Brewing, Gwatkins Cider, Gloucester Brewery, Honeys Cider.

All this plus don’t forget pies, pickles, sauces, cheese cakes, Scotch eggs, cheeses, preserves, jams, pork scratchings, crisps, teas and coffee beans. On top of those we have a beautiful range of gift, craft, homeware and garden ware, artisans too.

Sounds like thirsty work! Where can we get a drink?

There will be pop-up bars in Orchard Square from Honeys Cider, Goffs Brewery, Lakehouse Brewery, Cocktails Gins and Pimms from Boston Shakers, and a pop-up bar in Victoria Basin from Back Yard Bars.

What can we get to eat?

There will be a huge choice of street food, including Caribbean, mac and cheese, Thai, bao buns, Greek, Lebanese, burgers, Indian, Mexican, noodles, pulled meats plus delicious sweet treats including bubble waffles, gelato from Wholly Gelato, churros and more.

As well as lots of stalls tempting visitors with local food, drink and tasty street-food – waterside bars and restaurants like Bill’s, Brewhouse & Kitchen, Côte Brasserie, Portivo Lounge and Coal Kitchen will be serving their own freshly-cooked specialities and dishes.

Is there something for vegans or the gluten-free too?

Yes! We are delighted to have Matt Pritchard from Dirty Vegans with us, he will cook up two dishes in his demos – he makes plant based eating easy. He will also have a book signing with his own book Dirty Vegan available to buy.

Matt Pritchard

Across the festival there will be a host of traders with vegan options, check them out on our trader list on the website and on our ‘You are Here’ boards which will be scattered across the festival. We have a key system to identify dietary offerings from our traders including veggie, vegan, gluten and dairy free options.

When is it open?

On Saturday the street food stalls and pop-up bar will be open from 10am to 7pm and the Quay’s outlet stores between 10am and 7pm. On Sunday the stalls, pub and outlet shops will be open 10am to 5pm.

We’re in! Is it really totally free?

All the open-air events, displays and cookery sessions are free, so there are lots of things for visitors to see, do and taste. There is no need to buy tickets for the chef sessions or the Cookery Theatre, however, places for all events are first come, first served – and they go like hot cakes! So, it’s crucial to get to the festival early.

We still want more…

You’re in luck. Head into Gloucester Quays outlet itself, just next door, for brand stores like Le Creuset, Denby and ProCook, inspired shoppers can take home stylish cookware and accessories at up to 70% off the RRP.

For more info head to Gloucester Quays Food Festival.

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