Foodies Festival

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Lots of food stalls gather on the Downs in this, one of the largest celebrations of food and drink in the UK, to tempt you in – from fine dining to street food, there’s something appealing for most.

From Michelin starred chefs cooking in the Chef’s Theatre to wine, beer, and cocktails in the Drink’s Theatre and kids can learn to cook too in the Children’s Cookery Theatre, this makes for a fun day out.

Indulge in Cake, Bake & Tasting Theatre and Vintage Tea Room Watch baking extraordinaire Charlotte White and master chocolatier Fiona Sciolti on the Cake & Bake stage, working their baking wizardry to inspire you to create show-stopping cakes and delicious summer bakes. You can then enjoy Afternoon tea in the beautifully decorated Vintage Tea Room, where teas, handmade cakes and scones with clotted cream and jam are served on china from a tea trolley by vintage styled tea ladies and gentlemen, with vintage music for ambience.

Feast on Street Food Avenue with flavours from all corners of the world in the Street Food Avenue Japanese, Thai, Malaysian, Argentinian, Turkish, Indian, Korean, Mexican, French and African are just some of the flavours to feast on this summer. And shop with Artisan Producers Market Shop from a glittering array of Great Taste Award winners are available to shop and sample from this year, each being hailed as a producer of ‘Exquisite, Outstanding and Simply Delicious’

Sip drinks Theatre Expert mixologists and sommeliers, including Neil Phillips and Charles Metcalfe, host champagne and wine masterclasses, and beer connoisseur and writer Melissa Cole is on-hand with craft beer tutorials. You can test your taste buds with blindfolded whisky challenges, where you will have to taste and smell to try and identify ingredients and country of origin.

Spice It Up wtih Chilli-Eating Challenge The famous Chilli-Eating Challenge continues in 2016, inviting fans of spice to beat an eye-watering 16 million scoville record set by Shahina Waseem last year. Participants start at the low end of the chilli spectrum by eating bell peppers, but things quickly get a lot hotter with Habanero, Scotch and Carolina Reaper (world’s hottest chilli) chillies being added to the menu. Those still standing are then inflicted to pure chilli extract, increasing in strength, until a winner is crowned.

Relax with some live music and Pop-Up Bars After a day of feasting and fun, visitors can relax and soak in the atmosphere with live music from the Entertainment Stage and a glass of bubbly or refreshing cocktail from the Giant Pimm’s Teapot or double-decker BarBus.

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