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TV chef Nick Nairn to appear at the Lichfield Food Festival

TV chef Nick Nairn is the latest name to join the Lichfield Food Festival.

Taking place on September 1 and 2, the event will feature the likes of John Torode and Antony Worrall Thompson at the Lichfield Garrick and other venues across the city.

Nick Nairn

Nick Nairn

Nick Nairn will host two free cookery demonstrations on September 1 at 10am and 12noon at Tippers on Britannia Business Park.

“I am really excited to be part of such a prestigious festival,” he said. “I will be cooking some of my favourite dishes, including a delicious hot raspberry soufflé.

“One of my passions is sharing the food that I cook and how I cook it and this gives me the perfect opportunity.”

John Torode (September 2) and Antony Worrall Thompson (September 1) will be presenting cookery demonstrations at the Lichfield Garrick, followed by book signings.

Tickets are £25 each or £45 for both. Tickets to see Nick Nairn are free and will be issued on a first come first served basis. To book any of the celebrity chef cookery demonstrations, please call the Lichfield Garrick Box Office on 01543 412121.

Another addition to the festival is a free cookery demonstration at the Lichfield Garrick by Adam Bennett, head chef at Simpsons in Birmingham, at 3pm on September 2.

Adam will join a number of top local and regional chefs who will be cooking up a storm over the course of the weekend, including the historical cookery duo, Simon Smith and Professor Roland Rotherham.

Chef Paul Gilmore of Restaurant Gilmore, master bread maker Duncan Hindley from Hindleys bakery, chef Tommy Ho from the Ruby Chinese Restaurant, and chefs from Ristorante Sorrento, will also take to the stage for free demonstrations over the weekend.

Foodies are also invited to the Garrick’s Food Studio, where producers will be showcasing regional produce and offering food tastings on Saturday and Sunday, from 10am to 5pm. Scott O’Hara will also be displaying a selection of his centerpiece sugar sculptures.

The theatre’s Vineyard in the Sky, featuring local wine merchants, Worth Brothers, will offer wine connoisseurs the chance to sample and buy drinks from across the world over the weekend.

The Guildroom in Lichfield’s Guildhall will get everyone in the party spirit with Lichfield Arts’ Best of British Brewing festival, between 11am and 6pm over the festival weekend. A special Sunday Farmers’ Market will also take place from 10am to 4pm on Lichfield’s Market Square.

Adrian Jackson, Lichfield Garrick’s artistic and executive director, said: “Lichfield’s first ever food festival is set to overtake the city with mouth-watering flavours and aromas.

“We’re looking forward to all the gorgeous fine dining and drink sampling in what will be a celebration of our fantastic local food and produce.”

The festival will involve venues across the city that will offer a range of delicious fixed price menus for just £10 a person, and tasting notes and offers on drinks as part of an Ale and Wine Trail.

“The weekend is such a celebration of food that it seemed only right to invite Lichfield’s wealth of restaurants and bars to get involved,” added Adrian.

To find out more about Lichfield Food Festival visit www.lichfieldfood.co.uk.

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