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10 September 2013
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With only a few days to go, the final preparations are being made to the first Woking Food and Drink Festival, which will take place in Jubilee Square, Woking, from Friday 13 to Sunday 15 September 2013.
The free mouth-watering `feastival' will feature an assortment of 40 high-quality food and drink stalls, live culinary demonstrations from TV and local prestigious chefs, cookery-related workshops for children, BBQ cook-off sessions and all topped off with a healthy portion of live entertainment.
Hosted in newly refurbished Jubilee Square in Woking Town Centre, the three-day celebration of food and drink will showcase the very best of the area's producers, chefs and restaurants, as well as attracting a range of regional producers to the town. Highlights include:
Natalie Coleman, BBC MasterChef 2013 winner, will showcase her culinary credentials when she takes to the Tante Marie Culinary Academy Theatre for a cookery demonstration at 12noon, Saturday 14 September.
Jo Wheatley, TV Baking 2011 winner, will rise to the challenge when she takes to the Tante Marie Culinary Academy Theatre for two delicious baking demonstrations at 12noon and 4pm on Sunday 15 September.
Due to anticipated demand, these three sessions will be ticketed on a first come, first served basis. Tickets will be available on the days of the demonstrations, free of charge, from the Information Point, located in Jubilee Square, from 9am on Saturday and 10am on Sunday.
Children can roll up their sleeves to create their own chocolate creations, decorate cookies and put their palates to the test in a series of tasting and healthy eating sessions, courtesy of Woking Shopping. The free children's workshops will be held in Peacock Walk from 12pm to 4pm on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 September.
Why not have a slice of the baking action and take part in the Festival's baking competition judged by TV Baking winner, Jo Wheatley. Entries can be made online at www.wokingfoodanddrinkfestival.co.uk or on the day (Sunday 15 September). Entrants can drop off their `baked beauties' at ChristChurch on Sunday 15 September between 1.30pm and 3.30pm. Cakes will be judged based on design, decoration and texture and the lucky winner will win a place on one of Jo's cookery classes, held in her own home in Essex, along with a signed copy of her book, A Passion For Cooking.
The British BBQ Society will also be adding some extra sizzle to the Festival with free interactive Ready Steady Q BBQ cook-off sessions for adults and children on all three days. As well as the chance to take part in its international Ultimate Burger Challenge competition on Sunday 15 September. (Entries for the Ultimate Burger Challenge should be made in advance and online at www.wokingfoodanddrinkfestival.co.uk)
If you feel then need to escape the hustle and bustle, take a short walk over to the tranquil courtyard of The Lightbox - Woking's premier and award-winning art gallery and museum. Relax and watch the world go by whilst enjoying a home-made cream tea or light lunch accompanied by music.
As well as foraging amongst the artisan stalls and tucking in to some flavoursome plates from street food vendors, the Festival will feature extra flavour, including live acoustic music from the Phoenix Cultural Centre and special offers for retail outlets within Peacocks and Wolsey Place Shopping Centres.
To find out more information about the free Festival, including the full Tante Marie Culinary Academy Theatre timetable and menus, BBQ cook-offs and entry for the Ultimate Burger Challenge, exhibitor list and children's activities, please visit www.wokingfoodanddrinkfestival.co.uk or follow @WokingFoodFest on Twitter.
|Food Village||Demo Theatre||Children’s Workshops||BBQ Cook-offs|
|Friday 13 September||9am to 4.30pm||12pm to 5pm||Not available||12pm to 5pm|
|Saturday 14 September||9am to 4.30pm||11am to 5pm||12pm to 4pm||12pm to 5pm|
|Sunday 15 September||10am to 4.30pm||12pm to 5pm||12pm to 4pm||12pm to 5pm|
Download a copy of the festival map