An ancient magic is returning to Horsham Park this summer as Enchanted Horsham comes alive with a unicorn, mermaids, street theatre and music. This exciting family festival with illuminated pleasure gardens, takes place from 4pm to Midnight on the 27th, 28thand 29thJuly and discounted advance tickets are now on sale.
Enter a Summer Wonderland for all ages to enjoy. Experience first-hand the street theatre, vintage funfair, circus performances and belly dancers, along with a market celebrating local lifestyle and fashion, street food and drink.
As you wander through the vibrantmarket, you will find unique art, toys, curiosities homewares, garden wares and artisan foods, before you enter the Fashion Tent where creative catwalk shows will inspire your choices of boutique and hand-crafted clothes and accessories.
But what will treat your taste buds too as you listen to an eclectic mix of live music? Choose from a mouth-watering array of global street food stalls and pop-up restaurants as they nestle alongside beer from Harvey’s, Kent Cider, wine, champagne, gin and cocktail bars.
And the enchantment continues as you become immersed in the enchanted mermaid’s tales, interact with life-sized puppets and set aside time to meet Princess, our real live unicorn. Then as dusk falls, the wondrous secret illuminated gardens will reveal themselves magically bring to life dragons eggs and mystical tales.
The beautiful illuminations, stunning projections, light shows, performances, music and pathways of fire set the scene as the Silent Disco in the Neon Circus Tent comes to life with fire performers, acrobats, jugglers, LED hoopers, trapeze artists and magicians. This is one not to be missed!
For more information log onto www.enchantedhorsham.co.ukand to purchase advance discounted tickets for adults enter the code LOCAL for 50% discount until the end of May, and 25% discount in June. Children under 16 enter for free.
The Borough’s biggest free-to-attend event, Woking Food and Drink Festival, is set to deliver another magnificent mezze of culinary delights from Friday 31 August to Sunday 2 September 2018 inclusive.
In its sixth consecutive year, the triple award-winning, three-day festival promises to serve up a mouth-watering menu of foodie and family activities, including live cookery demonstrations, talks from local food and drink experts, hands-on cookery workshops, over 80 trader stalls selling local and regional produce and signature dishes, live entertainment and more!
At the heart of the festival in Jubilee Square, celebrity chefs and Surrey’s top culinary talents will display their top-drawer skills and Michelin star flair in the Tante Marie Culinary Academy Theatre.
International Emmy nominated Ching He Huang will demonstrate her style of modern Chinese cooking and talk about her seven best selling cookbooks.
Adding another winning combination to the theatre line up will be BBC MasterChef Champions, Kenny Tutt and Saliha Mahmood Ahmed, who respectively triumphed over tens of contestants in front of millions of TV viewers.
Kenny, a bank manager from Worthing, was crowned MasterChef Champion 2018 following his final three-course meal which impressed judges, John Torode and Gregg Wallace, who described his food as ‘restaurant-style perfection’ and ‘make-my-heart-thump fantastic’.
Flying the flag for Surrey, Lorna Gangotra Nanda (local food business owner and one third of The Gangotra Sisters, winners of BBC2’s The Big Family Showdown 2017), will be joined by her sisters, Bobbi and Monika, to demonstrate why they’re nicknamed the ‘spice sisters’.
Representing the best of Surrey’s local culinary talent will be:
Dougie Balish, Head Chef at the Michelin Star The Tudor Room at Great Fosters, Egham
Steve Drake, Chef Patron of Sorrel, Dorking
Fernando Stovell, Director and Chef Patron of Stovell’s, Chobham
Dan Britten and Jimi Mistry, chefs and pop-up restaurateurs
Jack Sturgess, owner of Bake with Jack owner
Simon Taylor, Head Butcher and owner of Surrey Hill Butchers, Oxshott
David Frear, Patissier at Le Papillion, Woking
Steve Tremblay, private chef and caterer
Senior instructors from Tante Marie Culinary Academy.
As well as the high-quality artisan stalls and jam-packed line up of demo chefs, visitors also have the opportunity to get stuck in to a smorgasbord of foodie and family activities, including: Tante Marie cookery workshops for adults and children*, Magimix masterclasses*, bite-size talks hosted by a range of local producers and gastronomic experts, celebrity book signings, live musical and street entertainment.
Taking family entertainment to stratospheric heights will be Stefan Gates, The Gastronaut! The popular BBC2 and CBBC presenter is well known for his energetic, funny, amazing and explosive live shows, including creating plasma in a microwave, custard-powder flame-throwing and more!
Hosted at the Rhoda McGaw Theatre on Saturday 1 September, the two live shows* promise to be an out of this world experience for the whole family! Tickets can be booked closer to the event at www.atgtickets.com
Talking about Woking’s flagship foodie event, Cllr Colin Kemp, Woking Borough Council’s Portfolio Holder for Cultural and Community Development, said: “This popular, free-to-attend festival is the most anticipated event of the Celebrate Woking calendar. It not only delivers three days of deliciousness, it’s also an educational and immersive experience for visitors who want to learn more about food and local products.
“This year’s chef line up is also not to be missed. From Michelin Starred chefs to MasterChef Champions, we’ve got a stellar line up of celebrity and local culinary experts. And, best of all, these live demonstrations are free to watch!”
More details and further festival goodies will be announced over the summer months via the website www.wokingfoodfest.co.uk and on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @WokingFoodFest.