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Tasty Bank Holiday treats at Lichfield Food Festival


Lichfield Food Festival returns with tasty treats for the Bank Holiday weekend.

Lichfield Food Festival returns to the city for the Bank Holiday weekend, August 26 to 28, so get ready to discover some of the best tasty treats with everything from local producers and restaurants to celebrity chefs and more

If you’re looking for something to whet your appetite, then head over to Lichfield this August Bank Holiday weekend for a breathtaking banquet of culinary delights at Lichfield Food Festival.

This year the festival is even bigger and better than ever before – it’s a massive celebration of local food, as well as some of the finest artisan food traders from around the UK and Europe. With more than 225 market stalls showcasing amazing produce, visitors will be spoilt for choice when it comes to something to tickle the tastebuds. There will also be celebrity chefs, free cookery classes for all ages, street food, live music, free children’s activities, competitions, amazing restaurants, hotels, bars and much more.

This year’s cookery theatre, sponsored by Central England Co-operative, is taking place on the lawns of the beautiful Lichfield Cathedral and will bring more than 15 chefs to the stage over the three days.

Great British Bake Off favourites Val Stones and Christine Wallace, as well as 2013’s winner Frances Quinn, will be demonstrating some of their best bakes, while local chefs including Swinfen Hall’s Ryan Shilton, The Boat’s Liam Dillon and Mark Maltby of McKenzie’s will also be showing off their skills.

There will be competitions for visitors to take part in, including a chill-eating competition, a Man V Food-style hotdog challenge and what is billed as ‘The Crepe Escape’, where the challenge is to finish off ten crepes with different fillings.

Have you always wanted to know the secrets to perfecting pasta? Need to know how to make bostin’ bread? Need help to make a curry classic? This year’s Lichfield Food Festival will be holding there will be a series of free cookery classes where you can learn from the experts.

Another highlight of the weekend is the Gin and Ale Trail. Not everyone knows this, but Lichfield is a mecca for gin, craft beer and real ale, and 18 pubs and hotels are taking part in this year’s trail.

Pick up a card from any of the participating venues; they cost just £2 and all of the profits go to St Giles Hospice. Visit all of the pubs, remember to get your card stamped when you purchase a drink and then when you’ve visited all of the pubs send the form back to the organisers and they’ll send you either a lovely engraved gin goblet or ale glass.

So for gastronomic goodies galore, Lichfield Food Festival is the place to be.

Fifth Spire

Fifth Spire is a delicious Lichfield-made gin.

J’AIME recommends: Keep a look out for craft gin makers Fifth Spire gin – aka Tom Lindsey and Rory McKerrell – who will be showcasing their award-winning gin, distilled and bottled right here in Lichfield, at the festival market. Discover more about Fifth Spire in next month’s issue of J’AIME.

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