Date: 25-26 July 2015
Time: 10am to 5pm
Cost: £5 per adult (Family, senior citizen and child rates also available)
With a jam packed programme of demonstrations over the festival weekend, visitors can learn from the experts how to prepare, cook and present an array of exquisite specialities.
Festival organisers have signed up some exciting new chefs for this year’s festival as well as some popular favourites from previous years, ensuring the Wot’s Cooking demo’s stage has an entertaining and varied line up for visitors both days. Experts will be passing on their years of knowledge and expertise to visitors and offering tips and advice on how to serve up the perfect dish. Organisers are delighted to have the RAF Chefs on board this year, exclusively for the Cosford Food Festival, showcasing cooking with a military twist.
Taking to the stage on Saturday will be:
Lajina Leal – 11am on Saturday 25 July
In less than two years since founding ‘Masala Magic’ based in Telford, Lajina won “Most Innovative Business Award” at Shropshire's 'First Always Consult Business Awards' for her original pot of spice, which sells in outlets across the county. Lajina hosts regular dinner parties in people’s homes as well as teaching those who have never before sliced an onion to cook their own curry, bhajis, samosas, chap-patties and accompaniments. We are thrilled to have Lajina on board this year, sharing the secrets of her Indian kitchen with visitors at Cosford.
Theo Van Deventer – 12pm on Saturday 25 July
Theo is Head Chef at 'The Horns of Boningale' near Albrighton. On leaving college, Theo trained with his Father in all French classics, before teaching himself specifically in pastry. At 21 he was offered the role at 'The Horns' and over the past 5 years he's created a menu of traditional dishes with a modern twist of flavours and techniques. The food is seasonal and locally sourced with Theo visiting Birmingham market for his fish, game and vegetables.
RAF Chefs – 1pm on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 July
The RAF Chefs have a varied role when it comes to cooking and preparing food for RAF staff and guests. They can be preparing food at five-star themed banquets one day and cooking in the field the next. Don’t miss this unique demonstration taking place on both Saturday and Sunday at 1pm.
Tom Court – 2pm on Saturday 25 July
Tom is an Award winning Former Head Chef, with 2 AA Rosettes to his name. He now runs his own catering company 'Sticky Fig Catering' based in the West Midlands. Trained by Swiss chefs, with a French influence, Tom also worked with an Italian chef for five years so his style is truly European but he loves his traditional British flavours. Tom loves to demonstrate with fish and he makes weekly visits to the Birmingham fish market to discuss catches, the species and seasons – even down to the boats the fish were caught on.
Julia Wenlock – 3pm on Saturday 25 July
Award winning chocolatier Julia Wenlock will be bringing a touch of sweetness to proceedings and talking all things chocolate. Julia is passionate about producing the freshest tasting chocolates using a selection of locally produced and sourced ingredients and delicious high quality chocolate from around the world. All visitors with a sweet tooth should look out for Julia on the demo stage.
The line up on Sunday is also packed full of variety. Taking to the stage alongside the RAF Chefs will be:
Stephen Robinson – 11am on Sunday 26 July
Learn everything you need to know about meat from local butcher Stephen Robinson, a favourite from last year’s festival. ‘Robinson’s Butchers’ based in Tettenhall, Wolverhampton is well known for their fabulous shop and the high quality of the award winning meats they sell. So if you want to learn your cuts and get excited about the best steak in the county, don’t miss the cooking butcher.
Suree Coates – 12pm on Sunday 26 July
Suree is the award winning Chef Patron of the much acclaimed 'King and Thai' at Broseley, Shropshire. Suree has a real passion for food which has seen her awarded 'Thai Curry Chef' of the Year 2011/12 and 'South Asia Chef of The Year' 2013/14 and in the same year she also published her first ever cook book 'Cook Thai with Suree.' In Thailand food is a big deal - fresh fish would be cooked with herbs and spices growing wild, accompanied by locally grown vegetables. Suree’s dishes not only smell and taste delicious, they are beautifully presented, a demo not to be missed.
Robert Didier – 2pm on Sunday 26 July
Robert, a former London restaurateur, founded ‘Orchard Pigs’ in 2003. In search of a new challenge, Robert decided to move to the country to pursue his passion for baking and quality ingredients, whilst exploring ways to improve the surrounding environment and ecology. He purchased Nant-y-Ffrith Forest, a 250-acre mixed woodland in the heart of the North Wales borderlands and opened Orchard Pigs, which now supports conservation projects that attract more native species of flora and fauna to the forest. Join Robert in the demo tent to find out more.
Robert Swift – 3pm on Sunday 26 July
Multi-award-winning Robert Swift is part of one of Britain’s greatest baking dynasties. The Ludlow based artisan has 150 years of family experience behind him; making him one of the most well informed and experienced bakers in the UK. Mr Swift is as well-known for his innovative speciality loaves, as his regular sourdoughs or delicious wholemeal bakes and he will be passing on some helpful baking tips to festival goers.
The Cosford Food Festival is bringing together some of the finest food and drink suppliers from across Shropshire, Staffordshire and the West Midlands and combining them with a world class collection of aircraft and exhibits. With plenty to keep the whole family entertained over the weekend, visitors to the attraction are sure to enjoy the festival.
The Cosford Food Festival will run from 10am to 5pm on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th July. Admission is just £5 per adult which includes a free Cosford Food Festival programme containing everything you need to know about what’s going on over the festival weekend.
For more information on the event please visit the Museum website www.rafmuseum.org or call 01902 376200. Keep up to date with the latest news and event information by following the event on Facebook – Cosford Food Festival.
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