Foodies everywhere will be hastily booking up tickets to the 2018 Cheltenham Food & Drink Festival. Just one of many cultural events staged in the Regency spa town, it’s a popular weekend away for gastro-lovers from across the UK. The festival is held annually in the beautiful landscape of Montpellier Gardens.
Each year, the festival showcases the absolute best in local produce and national producers as well. There are many opportunities to sample the goods, engage in some wine tasting, taste natural organic goods and get acquainted with a wide variety of food, ale and speciality drinks. Celebrity chefs often make special guest appearances, along with the best local chefs who love to share their knowledge, cooking styles and tips. Talks and workshops also take place concerning anything from better nutrition to cookery tips.
The event takes place over 3 days and includes demonstrations from local chefs and others from across the region. The various food pavilions display more than 140 drink and food producers from the South West area. There is a real ale marquee with a wonderful selection of local and regionally made ales and cider. The International Wine Theatre is a popular venue for all those budding wine collectors and enthusiasts. Demonstrations include how to buy wine, wine tasting, different grape varieties and the differences between old and new world wines.
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Some of this year’s food talks include how to forage for wild food, a whiskey masterclass, cooking with Parmesan and Pecorino cheese and the changing faces of craft beer. The second day includes features such as plant food-based diets, adventures with Stilton and talks on Chivas Regal, the exquisite Scottish whiskey. The third day offers a talk on how to grow organic vegetables, how to best pair beer and food, detoxifying and clean living and how to make amazing cocktails at home. For all you food and drink connoisseurs out there, this is one big Cheltenham event you won’t want to miss.