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Series of events announced for Lichfield Food Festival

Celebrity chef John Torode

Lichfield Food Festival is Staffordshire’s newest food and drinks festival. Organised by Lichfield Garrick and Lichfield District Council – with the help of local chef, Simon Smith, Lichfield City Council and Lichfield Arts – it is a weekend celebration of all things gastronomic.

The festival is taking place on Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 September 2012 in and around the Lichfield Garrick, in the Guildhall’s Guildroom, as well as in restaurants, pubs, cafés and bars across Lichfield City.

Featuring celebrity chefs, John Torode, from BBC’s Master Chef, and Anthony Worrall-Thompson, as well as Lichfield’s very own local masterchefs, Lichfield Food Festival is set to draw in the crowds and create a great buzz across the city.

It will also include a Food Studio, a Vineyard in the Sky, and a Kitchen Gadget Corridor in the Lichfield Garrick, a Best of British Brewing festival in the Guildhall, and Lichfield’s much loved Farmers’ Market in the Market Square.

Adrian Jackson, Lichfield Garrick’s Artistic and Executive Director, commented: “We’re looking forward to launching Lichfield’s first ever food and drinks festival this September. It will be a weekend of wine and ale tasting, celebrity chef demonstrations and plenty of fine dining! The great thing about Lichfield Food Festival is that not only is it an all-weather event because the majority of it is taking place indoors, we’re offering free entry to most of the cookery demonstrations and events.”

The festival will involve venues across the city that will be offering special fixed-price menus, offers on wine and ale, and vouchers to save money at local eating and drinking establishments.

“We’re keen for as many local producers, restaurateurs, cafés, pubs, and market stallholders to come on board as possible over the festival weekend, just visit to find out more,” continued Adrian.

It is hoped the festival will boost visitor numbers to the city. Councillor Louise Flowith, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Tourism, said: “Lichfield Food Festival is set to be a celebration of Lichfield’s local food and drink excellence. We also want it to help put Lichfield firmly on the map as Staffordshire’s food and drink capital.”

To find out more about Lichfield Food Festival, visit

Tickets for the chef demonstrations, featuring John Torode or Anthony Worrall-Thompson, can be booked by calling Lichfield Garrick’s Box Office on 01543 412121 or online at

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