Don’t miss The Taste Cheshire Food and Drink Festival

The Taste Cheshire Food and Drink Festival
The Taste Cheshire Food and Drink Festival

The Taste Cheshire Food and Drink Festival is looking forward to welcoming more than 30,000 visitors to the Chester Racecourse over Easter weekend. It will host more than 150 exhibitors, together highlighting the best the county, region – and indeed the country – has to offer.

This year it has its biggest and best line up of chefs yet. Simon Rimmer, star of Channel 4’s, Sunday Brunch and of course Strictly Come Dancing last year, will appear live twice on Saturday April 20.

On Sunday April 20,TV star, all-round entertainer and judge of The Great British Menu, Andi Oliver will be cooking onstage.

On Bank Holiday Monday, Matt Tebbut of Saturday Kitchen will be sharing his passion for food and drink. Matt hosts the top rated BBC programme as well as having starred in Channel 4’s Food Unwrapped and The Good Food shows, Market Kitchen.

The chefs are all free to see and included in the entry ticket.

If hands-on cooking is more your thing, don’t miss Adult Cooking Classes brought to you by Brian Mellor and the Harthill Cookery School. Each session gets budding chefs involved in the whole cooking process from start to finish – including the eating bit.

Broil King are offering the opportunity to learn how to cook a BBQ like the pros. Expert chefs show you how cook the meat, and prepare and finish the dish using the best possible BBQ techniques. No more cremated chops, flamed fillets or stone cold sausages.

Chester Racecourse, Taste Cheshire Chester Food, Drink & Lifestyle Festival. Picture Royal Academy of Culinary Arts Junior Cooking classes with trainee Chefs from Cheshire Collge South & West. SW01418A

Kids also cook for free. For the last 8 years the Academy of Culinary Arts team have provided free cooking classes for the children who have come to the Chester Food Drink & Lifestyle Festival. James Holden, the Northern Director and his team of chefs taught over 900 children in three days in a series of sessions throughout the day. Each session lasts 40 minutes and during that time, children of all ages get a sensory guide to food with tastes, smells and colours. They then learn the various techniques for basic cooking and many help prepare a dish.

There is even a dog show on Sunday, where you can bring along your dog and find out who has the Waggiest tail – always hotly contested, Best Trick – can any dog pull a rabbit out of their hat – or indeed not chase one! Prettiest bitch – Can get particularly catty, to mix metaphors, Most Handsome boy – like any boy do would want to have this on his CV!, Best veteran (8+) and Scruffiest mutt. There’s also Fun Agility, if you’re feeling especially brave.

There’s also deals with the Individual Restaurant Group. For more information about The Taste Cheshire Food and Drink Festival or to book your tickets go to