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Tewkesbury Food and Drink Festival

PUBLISHED: 15:21 18 January 2010 | UPDATED: 15:52 20 February 2013

Rob Rees

Rob Rees

Five years on from the start of Tewkesbury's Food & Drink Festival and it's quickly putting Tewkesbury on the map as having one of the best food festivals in the country. The festival will take place over the early May Bank Holiday weekend, Sa...

The Food & Drink Festival lines up James Martin as its 2009 Celebrity Chef

Five years on from the start of Tewkesbury's Food & Drink Festival and it's quickly putting Tewkesbury on the map as having one of the best food festivals in the country. The festival will take place over the early May Bank Holiday weekend, Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 May 2009 and promises to be yet another fun weekend of action packed foodie delights.

It is bound to be a show stopper this year with the announcement that James Martin is to be the Celebrity Chef. James is a frequent face on our TV's, rarely off screen since 1996 and currently presenting the hugely successful Saturday Kitchen. He was a regular team member on Ready Steady Cook and in autumn 2006 gained a whole new army of fans with his new found prowess on the dance floor in Strictly Come Dancing. James will be at the festival on Sunday 3 May.

Following the success of the move to The Vineyards last year, the event will again be hosted on these playing fields close to the beautiful Abbey - a stunning location. The festival will be even bigger with a huge Cookery Theatre capable of accommodating the number of people the fabulous programme is bound to attract. Once again this will be sponsored by Rangemaster and Cotswold Life.

The packed Food Hall will also bring together over 60 top producers, all passionate about what they do and keen to share their enthusiasm. From them, visitors will be able to sample and buy a range of wonderful food and drink as a treat for themselves, or as great gifts for others. The famous Tewkesbury Vegetable Olympics will again be seeking out the fastest carrot runner, the best cabbage balancer or the most skilful parsnip skittle thrower. Kids love it and some parents even have a go too!

One of the Festival Organisers, Anna Sanders, says, "We are delighted with our 2009 festival programme - we have the brilliant and quite frankly very dishy James Martin; our very own Cotswold celebrity chef Rob Rees, chocolate sculptress Prudence Emma Staite, wine and cheese tasting with BBC Masterchef finalist Ben Axford and a whole host of exciting children's activities also on offer."

Come and join us and see for yourself:

Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd May: Open 10am - 5pm

Adults 5, Family 11 (2adults & up to 3 children), Children 1 (aged 16 and under, under 3's free)

Festival Enquiries: T: 01684 855040


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