Taste foodie heaven at Bracknell Food & Drink FestivalBy Caroline Cook
June 28, 2012
A celebrity chef will be slicing and dicing in Bracknell town centre this weekend to give shoppers a taste of food heaven.
Ready Steady Cook favourite Lesley Waters will be setting hunger levels soaring when she fills the town with delicious smells for the Bracknell Food & Drink Festival on Saturday.
“The Bracknell Food & Drink Festival 2012, supported by Waitrose, will be a feast for the eyes, ears and tastebuds,” said Rob Morris, general manager of the Bracknell Regeneration Partnership.
“There will be plenty to see and do for the whole family, so make sure you come down to be entertained, try a workshop or two, taste a few things and support your local town centre.”
Budding chefs will be able to take part in a variety of hands-on workshops throughout the day including cupcake decorating, chocolate truffle making, paella sampling, cheese and wine tasting, sushi making and cocktail making.
Slabs of meat will be sizzling on the barbecue, with demonstrations from Britain’s best barbecue chef Ben Bartlett.
The Aga Rangemaster Cookery Theatre will be set up in the town centre, with Lesley and chef John Bayley both stepping up to the plate.
Lesley will also select the winners of the Design a Pizza competition which has been running with Bracknell schools and groups. The pizzas will be made live on the day for the winners by John Bayley.
“The Food & Drink Festival 2012 is set to be a fantastic event for the town. Waitrose is looking forward to being a part of it and strengthening our links with the town centre and the local community,” said Graham Oakley, store manager of Waitrose in Bond Way.
DJ and presenter Toby Anstis will also be entertaining the crowds and putting on his chef’s whites for a Ready Steady Cook challenge.
And food fans will be able to pick up delicious ingredients to take home, with stalls lined up along Charles Square, around the Bandstand and down into Crossway.
Thai, Greek and Caribbean cuisine will be on offer, alongside homemade cakes, pies, biscuits, sweets, cupcakes, popcorn, cheese, pasta sauce, butter, gnocchi, venison, chocolate, garlic and herb vinegars.
A hog roast will be crackling away and there will be samples of summer ice drinks from Costa to cool shoppers down.
The Grange Hotel will be providing canapés and there will be picnic hampers available for people to buy and enjoy in Charles Square, which will be transformed into a picnic area.
Music from the Jazzcats and the Top Bananas will drift over the food stalls alongside the delicious scents which will be making mouths water all day long.
- The Bracknell Food & Drink Festival runs from 10am to 4pm on Saturday.