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.
Joe Swash takes on Surrey family at video gaming – but who comes out on top?
Half of parents describe gaming as a bonding activity that has brought them closer to their children
The Lane family won the #LetsPlayMay competition to win a bundle of top video games, delivered by Joe Swash
The competition winners, mum Kim Lane (35), dad Will (35), daughter Mia (15) and son Seth (9) spent the evening with Joe, playing a number of console games including LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 and Rocket League and dad took Joe on for some rounds of WWE 2K18.
Research commissioned for the #LetsPlayMay campaign has found that over half (53%) of British parents describe video gaming as a bonding activity that has brought them closer to their children, with 44% saying that secret gaming practice has led their kids to think of them as ‘cool’.
“This month I’ve been encouraging people of all ages to give gaming a go together. For me, it’s gone from a personal hobby to a great way to bond with my son, Harry. He’s ten and loves gaming, so it provides a chance for us to hang out and chat while his guard is down… and I get to show off some of the skills I’ve picked up from years of playing.”
“It’s not just for kids though. I also game with Stacey [Solomon], she’s really good and there’s a bit of rivalry there. It was a pleasure to hang out with the Lanes and great to meet another family who spends time together doing this activity that everyone loves. There was definitely some friendly competition on the night, I’ve got to admit Seth and Mia taught me a couple of new tricks and Will may have beaten me once or twice…!”
Mum, Kim Lane, commented “We were thrilled to invite Joe into our home for the evening, it was such a laugh to see him take on our whole family, and then battle it out against my husband. For us, gaming is one of the activities we enjoy as a whole family and something I’ve learned to do, really to gain some cool points with my kids! Joe’s welcome back anytime for round two, we’ll be practising with the games he kindly brought us.”
#LetsPlayMay is a UK-wide campaign encouraging people of all ages to give gaming a go. A number of console games are available on promotion at selected retailers across the country this month.