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Foodies Festival, the UK's biggest celebration of food and drink, returns to Ripley Castle 19th - 21st August with a taste-bud-tickling feast for food lovers to tuck into.
Cook - Aga Rangemaster Chefs Theatre
Foodie fans can look forward to a 5 star line-up in the Aga Rangemaster Chefs Theatre this summer with Michelin star, celebrity and top local chefs showcasing their culinary skills, sharing insight into 2016’s food trends and answering questions from the audience.
Discover – Feel Good and Superfoods
'Feel Good Foods' are a new theme at Foodies Festival this year, with healthy living chefs and food writers joining the line-up to cook with superfoods including kefir, lucuma, freekeh, kelp and banana flou, and sirt rich foods such as blueberries, kale, celery, buckwheat, turmeric, chilli and red onion.
The advantages of eating ‘Feel Good Foods’ such as cheese (a source of phenylethylamie - the love drug) and dark chocolate and seaweed (both sources of serotonin - the happy drug) will also be discussed, with happiness and calm inducing recipes available to take home.
Gulp - Drinks Theatre
Whisky lovers can test their knowledge with blindfolded challenges, where they will have to taste and smell to try and identify ingredients and country of origin. These classes are also a great opportunity for novices to learn about whisky notes.
This year the Drinks Theatre takes a focus on Rum – tipped to be the drink of 2016 – with tasting, food pairing, and How to Cook with Rum masterclasses.
Expert mixologists and sommeliers, including Neil Phillips and Charles Metcalfe, host wine, champagne and gin tastings, and beer connoisseur and writer Melissa Cole is on-hand with craft beer tutorials.
Scoff – Street Food Avenue
Now in its 11th year, Foodies Festival attracts street food vendors from around the world, offering visitors the chance to take a culinary trip to all corners of the world. Japanese, Thai, Malaysian, Argentinian, Turkish, Indian, Korean, Mexican, French and African are just some of the flavours to feast on this summer.
There’s a special focus on Brazilian street food this year to celebrate the Olympic host’s cuisine, including traditional Brazilian BBQ and Rio’s favourite dish Feijoada made from black beans, salted pork, trimmings, smoked sausage and jerk beef, which is cooked in a traditional clay pot. Brazil’s national cocktail Caipirinha, a mix of lime, sugar and Cachaça (made from sugarcane juice with an ABV of 48%), and Brazilian coffees will be available.
Shop – Artisan Producers Market
A glittering array of Great Taste Award winners are available to shop and sample from this year, each being hailed as a producer of ‘Exquisite, Outstanding and Simply Delicious’ food and drink – a fantastic opportunity for visitors to meet artisan producers from the local area and across the country, learn their story and stock up on award winning produce. With over 120 stalls to peruse at each festival, selling everything from Seaweed Seasoning to Champagne Infused Fudge, visitors will be spoilt for choice for what to eat at the festival and take home to enjoy.
Taste – Cake, Bake & Tasting Theatre
Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain, baking extraordinaire Charlotte White, master chocolatier Fiona Sciolti and top local cake-makers work their baking wizardry on the Cake & Bake stage, inspiring visitors to reach for their whips and spatulas at home and create show-stopping cakes and delicious summer bakes. A neighbouring Chocolate, Cake and Bake Village sells freshly baked breads, sponges, tarts, jellies and trifles to enjoy with a bubble tea or fresh juice.
Crunch – Into the Jungle
Festival goers can munch their way into the depths of the jungle this summer with a trip to the Vietnamese Street Food stand, where those with a taste for the exotic can indulge in insects, including grasshoppers, caterpillars, mealworms, beetles, scorpions, locus and ants. These tasty critters will also be sold in powder and flour form – a high source of protein - to bake, season and cook with.
For those brave enough, there’s a daily Bush Tucker Trial on the Challenge Stage, where visitors compete against one another by eating jungle insects, from small ants to large juicy grubs, with the contestant eating the biggest and the most being crowned champion. The famous Chilli-Eating Challenge continues in 2016, inviting fans of spice to beat an eye-watering 16 million scoville record set by Shahina Waseem last year.
Explore - Childrens Cookery School
The Olympic theme continues into the Childrens Cookery School, where little foodies can decorate their very own gold medal with coloured icing, glitter and edible ribbon. Pizza and cupcake making classes also allow kids to explore their taste buds and learn basic cookery skills to practice at home.
Relax – Live Music and Pop-Up Bars
After a day of feasting and fun, visitors can relax and soak in the atmosphere with live music from the Entertainment Stage and a glass of bubbly or refreshing cocktail from the Giant Pimm's Teapot or Captain Morgan Mojito Galleon.
Get 2-for-1 tickets with showguides for this weekend’s Foodies Festival at Ripley Castle in Harrogate by quoting FOODIES241 when booking at www.foodiesfestival.com
Tickets include entry to the festival, food & drink masterclasses and great day out filled with foodie fun.