So what is Foodies Festival? It was launched in 2005 at an Edinburgh hotel after founder Sue Hitchen noticed a gap in the Edinburgh market for a food festival. A successful launch led onto the festival expanding into other towns and cities and to date the festival group has become the UK's biggest celebration of food & drink and have welcomed over 2 million visitors as well as having helped to promote numerous new businesses and small producers.
Making its debut in Birmingham this spring, Cannon Hill Park will play host to the Foodies Festival which will see local Michelin-star and top chefs taking part as well as new tasting theatre events and pop up restaurants available for all to try.
The Aga Rangemaster Chefs Theatre will see Michelin-star chef Glynn Purnell cooking up his favourite recipes with other local chefs Matt Cheal from Simpsons and Atkar Islam from the Lasan Group taking centre stage too.
Fans of MasterChef can watch 2014 winner Ping Coombes cook up her signature dishes from the series in the Chefs Theatre as well as making dishes from her Malaysian Pop-Up on the Street Food Avenue. Joining Ping will be MasterChef 2010 winner Dhruv Baker and finalist Jackie Kearney.
Raise a glass and toast Foodies Festival's 10th anniversary in the New Wine and Champagne Theatre with experts Neil Phillips and Charles Metcalfe and beer expert Melissa Cole will be holding masterclasses in the New Craft Beer Theatre.
For those seeking something a little different will enjoy the New Tasting Theatre where 'How to Sniff Chocolate like a Rockstar' or Chocolate Safari masterclasses with Coeur de Xocolat will be on offer. Katy B from Little Miss Meat Free will be sharing her vegan recipes for all to taste too.
The Cake & Bake Theatre is a must-go destination for all passionate bakers and the Street Food Avenue will be offering international dishes for sale inspired from countries such as Japan, India, Mexico and Brazil to name a few.
Other attractions include a Chilli Eating Challenge, Children's Cookery Theatre, Pop-Up Bars & Cider Farm plus 200 exhibitors will be selling their wares in the Artisan Producers Market.
I've got it in my diary - hope you have too and I'll be looking forward to seeing you there! And if you're not Birmingham based, take a look at the other dates and venues below!
Ticket prices are outlined below with a special 2-for-1 offer to take advantage of now!
Tickets are on sale now at www.foodiesfestival.com or by calling 0844 995 1111
Friday adult day ticket £10.00 (£8.00 concession)
Saturday or Sunday adult day ticket £13.00 (£11.00 concession)
3-day adult ticket £18.00 (£15.00 concession)
Friday VIP ticket £35.00
Saturday or Sunday VIP ticket £38.00
VIP tickets include a welcome glass of bubbly, access to the VIP tent with private bar and refreshments throughout the day, priority entry to food and drink masterclasses, a goody bag and a showguide.
All children aged 12 and under go free to all Foodies Festivals when accompanied by an adult.
Friday 15th May: 11am – 7pm
Saturday 16th May: 11am – 7pm
Sunday 17th May: 11am – 6pm
2015 Foodies Festivals:
Brighton, Hove Lawns: May 2,3,4
Birmingham, Cannon Hill Park: May 15,16,17
London, Syon Park: May 23,24,25
Bristol, The Downs: June 26,27,28
London, Alexandra Palace: July 3,4,5
Cheshire, Tatton Park: July 17,18,19
London, Clapham Common: July 24,25,26
Edinburgh, Inverleith Park: August 7,8,9
Harrogate, Ripley Castle: August 21,22,23
Oxford, South Parks: August 29,30,31
Disclosure: All queries for the 2 for 1 ticket offer must be made directly with the festival organisers, using the telephone number given. All ticket purchases must be purchased via the telephone number given. Word In Veg Ways will not be responsible for any aspect of the offer and/or ticket purchasing.