TALKS & DEMOS
Some of the nation’s favourite chefs will take to our Wenlock Spring demonstration stage to dazzle and delight during our fun-filled weekend.
The stars are aligning at Shrewsbury Food Festival.
Our award-winning event will welcome TV stars, Michelin stars and Shropshire stars on June 24 & 25.
Among those taking part in the event are TV Chef Sally Bee, who cooks for ITV's Lorraine, and Nick Knowles, the host of DIY SOS and the co-owner of Shrewsbury’s vegetarian and vegan restaurant O Joy Wellness.
They’ll be joined by Michelin star holders Nathan Eades, from Simpsons, at Birmingham, which is one of the Top 50 restaurants in the UK, and Stephane Borie, from the starred Checkers Restaurant, in Montgomery.
Shropshire stars will also feature, including Chris Burt, who spent 20 years making The Peach Tree one of the region’s best-loved independent restaurants, and ***-AA Rosette holder Karl Martin, from Old Downton Lodge, who has won a slew of awards.
Event chair Andy Richardson said: "It’s great that we’re welcoming household names from the TV, the region’s best Michelin-starred chefs and, of course, the finest cooks from Shropshire.
“We’re continuing to work with our sponsors, Wenlock Spring, to deliver the best chef line-up of any festival in our region. This year’s is the best yet and we can’t wait to see the chefs cooking.”
Wenlock Spring Demonstration Stage
11am - ‘Getting Fishy With It’ - with Ian Cornall of Shropshires Top Fishmonger ‘Barkworths Seafoods’
Ian Cornall is a regular sight for visitors to Shrewsbury Market. He’s run the fish stall there for many years, providing the freshest catch of the day to local shoppers. He’s also no stranger to Shrewsbury Food Festival and will be making a welcome return.
12pm - ‘Born & Bread’ - with Shropshires No.1 Fifth generation baker Robert Swift
Robert Swift’s family have more than 150 years’ experience of baking. They founded their company in a different age and have run shops in Shropshire and Staffordshire in the intervening years. Rob has been a mainstay at the festival. Don’t miss his demonstration.
1pm – ‘Star Turn’ – with Nathan Eades
Nathan Eades is one of the UK’s best chefs. He formerly worked at Fishmore Hall before opening his own restaurant. Soon after, he landed the coveted head chef’s job at Simpson’s, in Edgbaston, which has held a Michelin star since 2000. It is presently ranked in the Top 50 restaurants in the UK and Eades’ star is continuing to rise.
2pm - TBC
3pm - ‘Alice In Wonderland’ – with Vicky Enderson
Innovative industry leaders MSK supply ingredients to the best-known chefs in the UK. Their smorgasbord of cutting edge ingredients puts the razzamatazz into starry dishes cooked by stellar talents. Vicky Enderson will be making her Shrewsbury Food Festival debut and expect culinary fireworks from a unique expert.
4pm - TBC
11am - ‘Downton Meets The Abbey’ – with Karl Martin
Karl Martin runs the best restaurant in Shropshire. The highly regarded chef is at the pass each day at Old Downton Lodge, near Ludlow, where he selects the freshest and most seasonal ingredients. Karl has made a huge impact on the county’s culinary scene since his arrival and we’re delighted the ***-AA rosette will be joining us.
12pm - ‘Funky Flexetarian’ with Nick Knowles
DIY SOS star Nick Knowles made an 11th hour appearance at the 2016 Shrewsbury Food Festival, dazzling those lucky enough to join one of his food workshops. Nick embraces a vegan diet for health reasons, though occasionally steps outside of those boundaries. His flexitarian approach to food is one that’s catching on.
1pm – ‘Off The Cuff’ with Chris Burt
Shrewsbury chef Chris Burt has been branching out in recent years, after helping to raise the profile of the town’s Peach Tree, Momo No Ki and Havana Republic Restaurants. He’s become a development chef for a major food producer and is much in demand around the UK. The globe-trotting chef will have a few tricks up his sleeve for his mainstage demo.
2pm - ‘Beelicious’ - with Top TV Cook ‘Sally Bee’
TV star Sally Bee is watched by an audience of millions on ITV’s Lorraine. Her healthy approach to cooking is a lifestyle choice because she’s remarkably survived five heart attacks due to a rare congenital condition. Former model Sally is launching a new book, Beelicious, and we’re delighted she’s headlining to share the news.
3pm - ‘Michelin Marvels’ from Stephane Borie
Michelin star holder Stephane Borie is the only chef in Shropshire and Mid-Wales to hold a Michelin star. And boy oh boy, does he deserve it. Having worked at Michel Roux’s Waterside for many years, he’s become a star in his own right with his delightful Montgomery restaurant winning plaudits. He’ll be demoing dishes from his book, The Frenchman And The Farmer’s Daughters.
4pm - ‘Loopy Food’ – with Dan Smith
Top local chef Dan Smith is a Shropshire star. He runs the pass at one of Shrewsbury’s favourite haunts, The Loopy Shrew, where he serves seasonal dishes with a twist. Dan has worked at a number of local restaurants and gradually built his reputation. Expect big flavours and a big personality from the fast-improving cook.