Organisers announce line-up for ‘greenest ever’ Ottery Food & Families Festival

The line-up has been announced for the free-to-enter Ottery St Mary Food & Families Festival, taking place in the town on Saturday, September 11.

Jazzi Curley from Devon Cookery School, The Pig at Combe’s Dan Gavrilidis, Michael Caines, Liam Finnegan, Ottery St Mary’s Samosa Lady Tina Chauhan-Challis, Good Game’s ‘Salami Steve’ and Chris Piper of Christopher Piper Wines, are among those billed to share their knowledge with cooking demonstrations on the day.

Food festival organisers have pledged the greenest event yet, with no single-use plastic, and the sale of reusable cups.

Entry to the festival on Saturday, September 1, is free. The event, from 10am until 6pm, is being held at its new location in Alfington Road, Ottery. On-site parking is free, and there will also be a free shuttle bus from the centre of town.

Ruud Jansen Venneboer, co-organiser, said: “This festival will be the greenest ever, with a whole raft of measures in place to reduce the impact on the planet where at all possible.

“There will be no single use plastic on site and all waste will be separated. If you can, please bring your own reusable cup or buy one there.”

Visitors to the festival can expect a masterclass cooking demonstration in shredded duck spring rolls, led by Jazzi Curley from Devon Cookery School.

Dan Gavrilidis, the Pig at Combe head chef, will share his ideas for using seasonal produce picked fresh from the hotel’s kitchen garden, combined with the high-quality meat and fish from local suppliers.

Also appearing is Michelin stars-holder Michael Caines, from Lympstone Manor, who has appeared on television. He will be alongside Liam Finnegan to cook up some modern European cuisine.

Samosa Lady Tina Chauhan-Challis, from Ottery St Mary, will showcase her Gujarati cookery skills to festival-goers, revealing how to make a feast from vegan cuisine.

Rounding off the day is the ‘unmissable’ traditional Cook Off, between Good Game’s ‘Salami Steve’ and Chris Piper of Christopher Piper Wines, who will go head-to-head with a surprise chef to be revealed on the day.

Throughout the festival there will be ‘foodie events aplenty’ in the cookery workshop, including tips from Kings Manor Care Home cook Michelle Strode, food and foraging with Tessa Stone and a demo from Pierre Graeber, focusing on zero-waste cooking methods.

The event also promises activities for children and live music on the Samosa Lady’s Spice Stage, in the Ottery Village. There will be a celebration of the local voluntary groups, shops and other establishments in Ottery St Mary, plus plenty of food and drink to sample.

  • For more information about the Ottery St Mary Food & Families Festival, see here.


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