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Milton Keynes Festival & Gloucester Quays Festival
Posted by Guest Blogger Wednesday, 22nd July 2015
Milton Keynes Art & Cultural Festival
This was very much an ‘Art in the Park’ event, showcasing the best of Islamic inspired art including the ‘Art of Food’! The mobile Rangemaster Cookery Theatre was perfect for this event, where top chefs demoed and many competitions were held on stage, which was very much a highlight of the event over the 2 days.
There truly was an array of international cuisine, from Persian to Moroccan, the cooking demonstrations were fabulous and enjoyed by the many visitors who came to watch. It really was an international event with live performances, free workshops by artists, exhibitions, amazing food to buy and taste, presentations and much more.
Gloucester Quays Food Festival
Meanwhile, at the Gloucester Quays Food Festival, the Rangemaster Cookery Theatre featured once again throughout the weekend at this fantastic quayside location, attracting thousands of visitors over the 3 days. Local and regional chefs took to the stage on Friday, with some members of Gloucester Rugby Club joining in with the fun in the sun!
Celebrity chef, Paul Hollywood, demoed flatbreads and bakewell tarts, as well as entertaining the packed audiences in the Rangemaster Cookery Theatre marquee on Saturday; he really is a firm festival favourite!
On Sunday, it was the children’s turn to be entertained by the wonderful Cbeebies celebrities Katy Ashworth and Mr Bloom, with their very own distinctive fun and musical shows. There was also the chance for the children to meet both Katy and Mr Bloom, which, of course, they simply loved. It was a truly wonderful event with visitors able to buy local produce at the many stalls, taste great food and be entertained by live bands.
Foodies Festival, Tatton Park
Foodies Festival returned to this unique location for the sixth consecutive year at the weekend. This ever-growing festival attracts thousands of visitors and this year was no exception, with the Rangemaster Cookery Theatre being once again a main feature of the show.
Sean Wilson took to the stage, along with an array of chefs cooking up their own distinctive culinary dishes, to the delight of packed audiences. Besides a new Tasting Theatre and Feasting Tent, the organisers introduced a Chili Food Market which excited those with a love for spicy foods, with a range of chilli growers and artisan producers including a Chilli Eating Challenge - as if the weather wasn’t hot enough!!