Food festival is tasty prospect
CELEBRITY chef Lesley Waters and radio DJ Toby Anstis will entertain the crowds at Bracknell Food and Drink Festival on Saturday, June 30.
Lesley, known for appearing on shows including Ready Steady Cook and This Morning, will demonstrate cookery tips at the Aga Rangemaster Cookery Theatre in the town centre throughout the day with chef John Bayley.
Also, Toby, who presented children's TV show The Broom Cupboard in the early 90s and is now a DJ on Heart FM, will have a go at a cookery challenge with help from Mr Bayley.
Rob Morris, general manager of Bracknell Regeneration Partnership, which is funding the festival, said: "The Bracknell Food & Drink Festival 2012, supported by Waitrose, will be a feast for the eyes, ears and taste buds.
"There will be plenty to see and do for the whole family, so make sure you come down and be entertained, try a workshop or two, taste a few things and support your local town centre."
Schools and community groups have been entering a competition to design a pizza, and Lesley will pick two winning ideas, which Bayley will cook for their creators on the day.
During the fun from 10am-4pm in Charles Square and Crossway, there will be a variety of entertainment, demonstrations and music from the Top Bananas stilt-walking musicians and band the Jazzcats.
There will also be workshops in cupcake decorating, making chocolate truffles, paella, cheese and wine tasting, making sushi and creating cocktails.
In addition, barbecue expert Ben Bartlett will give demonstrations, and youngsters can join the Children's Food Academy.
Shoppers will be able to browse stalls selling Thai, Greek and Caribbean cuisine, homemade baking, cheese, pasta sauce, butter and gnocchi, venison and game, chocolate, hog roast, garlic, fruit and herb vinegars and more.
Town centre retailers will also participate, with Costa giving out samples of its summer iced drinks and the Grange Hotel offering canapes and selling picnic hampers.
Also, for June 30 only, Bentalls will be selling the four-piece Le Creuset pan set the chefs will use in their demonstrations for £149 instead of its usual £299 price.
Waitrose will offer cheese and wine sampling workshops, ingredients for use in demonstrations and a goody bag of ingredients for the pizza competition winners.
The supermarket will run two contests of its own, with the chance to win £200 of Waitrose vouchers. Promotional fliers being delivered to all Bracknell Forest homes also offer the chance to win a day for two at the Waitrose cookery school.