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Return of the Food Festival

Published Thursday, 21 June 2018

Flavours from around the world will fill Coventry when a celebration of all things foodie returns to the city centre this weekend.

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Visitors are asked to bring their appetites with them when the special event comes back to Broadgate on Saturday and Sunday.

Running between 10am and 5pm on the Saturday and then 11am until 4pm on the Sunday, there will be a whole host of stalls, street food pop-ups and bars to tempt everyone.

An array of traders will be joining in with the weekend and selling everything from cheese, fudge, ice cream, sweet treats to vodkas, cider, gin, and a whole host of delicious street food, including burgers, Greek dishes, cakes, pizza, as well as much more.

Companies who will be setting up stands include the likes of BOHNS Rubs and Spices, Pizza Traders, Icandy Fudge, V Gallery, Rubis and 546 Cheese.com.

The Mobile Prosecco Bar will also be dropping in for the weekend, and a number of BID businesses will also be getting involved during the two days.

Special guests are This Morning stalwart Phil Vickery and author Anjula Devi, who will be hosting demonstrations on stage.

Phil will be appearing on Saturday with tutorials taking place at 11am, 1pm and 3pm on the cookery theatre stage, and Anjula will take over the following day with live demos at 11.15am, 1.15pm and 3.15pm.

New for 2018 will be the Kids' Cookery workshop, which will hold fun, free inter-active cooking sessions for budding young chefs to teach them how to make nutritious dishes and learn about healthy eating. 

Run by Kidz Kitchen, there will be four sessions each day, with up to 20 places available on a first come, first served basis. The events will take place at 12noon, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm daily and are aimed at four to 12-year-olds.

But that is not all, as the soundtrack to the weekend will be provided by live music at the Bandstand Stage. Acts performing include singer-songwriter Kristy Gallacher, covers band The Bridge, X Factor star Charlie Healy and The Voice star Letitia George, The Upsiders, Steve Berry, Cliff Hands and Samarophox.

Free Radio Breakfast Show host JD and BBC Coventry and Warwickshire presenter Brody Swain will act as hosts over the two days.

Coventry Business Improvement District (BID) has organised the 2018 festival, which is free for all, in conjunction with Footfall Events.

Trish Willetts, Coventry BID director, hopes that everyone will come along and enjoy everything that will be on offer.

She said: “We had such a fantastic time at last year’s Food and Drink Festival that we wanted to build on that and make 2018 bigger and better.

“We have so much going on over the two days with stalls, bars, demonstrations and entertainment and there really is going to be something for all the family with our new cookery workshops for children.

“This year we also have a music stage and I am thrilled that we have some great acts performing for us, providing a wonderful atmosphere.

“Once again, it is free, so come on down and enjoy a whole host of entertainment and see if you can be tempted by some delicious treats.”

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