Get ready to fill your shopping bags with treats, try out some new wine or sit down and learn from the experts at the 2017 Woking Food and Drink Festival .
Now in its fifth year, the award-winning festival has grown and grown over the years, adding new features to its menu as it welcomes visitors from the borough and beyond to feast on all the delights on offer.
Foodies can delight in the fact that the festival runs over three days, from Friday September 1 to Sunday September 3, giving them plenty of opportunity to try almost everything on offer.
Those who have made the festival a regular date in their calendar will be excited to see the new additions, from the Cellar Wines and Deli Zone to the bite-size talks.
The new zone will be packed with award-winning wine, artisan food and visitors can take advantage of a hospitality area too.
There are plenty of celebrity chefs on the bill for 2017.
Antonio Carluccio OBE will return to the festival for his second year running, while Bake Off semi finalist Chetna Makan will be ready to share her skills too.
Three Girls Cook , the MasterChef finalist trio will be appearing too and the packed timetable includes international restauranteur Bruno Loubet and food writer Olia Hercules.
Closer to home local chefs from across the area will be sharing the stage with Aneke Spacie, Fernando Stovell, Ben Piette, Dougie Balish, Dan Britten and Steve Drake creating mouth-watering masterpieces in cookery demonstrations.
The Tante Marie Culinary Academy team will be showcasing their specialities in the academy theatre in Jubilee Square and there’s a question and answer session too.
CBeebies’ I Can Cook star Katy Ashworth will be appearing at the festival for the first time with her family fun show on Saturday (September 2).
A fantastic addition to the festival, the talks give visitors even more chance to learn about food and drink and the opportunity to take home plenty of ideas to share at their next dinner party.
Below are a selection of some of the many talks on offer, some have a booking fee and must be booked in advance.
For the full list click here .
Friday September 1
Saturday September 1
- Prove to yourself you can make your own bread by watching a free bread-making demo with Jack Sturgess at 11am outside the civic offices in Gloucester Square. No booking required.
- Simon Taylor, head butcher at Surrey Hills Butchers, will butcher a whole lamb carcass at the Tante Marie Culinary Academy at 11.30am. Tickets are £5. Proceeds go to Woking and Sam Beare Hospices .
- High Clandon Vineyard’s dynamic duo Bruce and Sibylla Tindale will talk about aged-vintage only English sparking wines, followed by a Q and A. The free talk at 12.30pm is at the members’ lounge at the Ambassadors Theatre in Gloucester Square.
- Thierry de Magneval from Cellar Magneval in Woking will host a wine and food pairing masterclass at 2.30pm in Cellar Magneval in Church Path. Tickets are £20 and the class is for over 18s only.
Chocolate fans will love the Sloane’s Hot Chocolate Tasting Club with Brian Watt, owner of Byfleet -based Sloane’s Hot Chocolate. All participants will get a chocolate sample to take home. Tickets for the event at Tante Marie Culinary Academy at 3.30pm are £5 with proceeds going to Woking and Sam Beare Hospices.
Sunday September 3
Thanks to the Phoenix Cultural Centre , there will be plenty of music to enjoy as you browse the festival. A variety of performers will entertain over the weekend.
Keep the kids amused with cookery-related activities
Tante Marie Culinary Academy in Commercial Way will be opening its doors to young visitors, aged seven to 13, to create healthy oat breakfast bars at a cookery masterclass.
Masterclasses will run every day at the festival at regular intervals between 9.30am and 3.30pm. Advance booking is essential via the Tante Marie website .
Classes are £10 and all proceeds will be donated to Woking and Sam Beare Hospices.
Kids can feast on a platter of free creative activities available in Market Walk during the festival.
The short 20-minute workshops include creating a healthy eating plate, decorating a cupcake and making fruit kebabs.
All activities are free and spaces are bookable each day on a first come, first served basis.
Celebrate Kenwood’s history in Woking
Kenwood in the Kitchen at The Lightbox will celebrate the 70th anniversary of Ken Wood inventing the A100 turnover toaster in a Goldsworth Road workshop in Woking.
The display, which runs until October 29 at the museum and gallery in Chobham Road, features many classic Kenwood items and charts the company’s story and its global success.
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