Foodies Festival Christmas

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When I heard that Foodies Festival had announced its first ever Christmas event I was ecstatic. These guys know how to put a shindig together, so I was more than happy for them to take the festive season, wrap it up in food and sprinkle it in their magic, well, dust. And when I thought it couldn’t get any better I heard about Cheese Village… 

Cake, cake, cake

Cheese Village is one of Foodies Festival’s many new additions for its Christmas extravaganza, featuring cheese-makers from the UK, France and Italy all under one roof. Heaven.

Then there’s the life-size Gingerbread House serving warm ginger beer and roasted ginger marshmellows and a Pudding Hall complete with pâtissiers and chocolatiers selling eggnog tarts, marzipan bonbons and macaroons. Cheeseboard and sweet treats sorted, next?

Tasters ahoy!

Tasters ahoy!

Foodies Festival are known for the summer events, bringing together producers from across the country into a sun-drenched park amid lawn-strewn picnickers, cocktail in hand and sunnies a must.

From 28-30 November 2014, Foodies Festival is mutating into what could mistakenly be viewed as a “Christmas market” in Shoreditch’s Old Truman Brewery. But with Michelin star chef Robert Ortiz of Lima; Jesse Dunford Wood of Parlour; Kurobuta’s head chef Scott Hallsworth; Chef Ernesto Paiva of Bubbledogs; The Bluebird’s Matt Robinson; The Corinthia’s head chef Garry Hollihead; Kim Woodward of York and Albany; and Anna Haugh of London House preparing their favourite festive dishes in front of our eyes, I think we can all agree this is much more than your average Christmas fiasco.

Spreading Christmas cheer, jam styley

Spreading Christmas cheer, jam styley

For the beer-lovers among us there are pop-up breweries aplenty and a dedicated Craft Beer Market and Producers Grotto is there for all your Christmas shopping needs (they’ll even gift wrap it for you).

The Whiskey Arena is serving up hot toddies and offers a range of whiskeys and malts; while for those looking for a sneaky chic tipple you can head to the vintage Soda Bar or Ski Bar for après ski cocktails.

Champagne

We can all live the high life, it’s Christmas, right?

Arrive early to register for one of the regular masterclasses in the Drinks Theatre with craft beer and food matching with local brewers and festive port and sherry tastings with Charles Metcalfe and Neil Phillips (man in know for anything vino shaded, advising on the best champagne and wines to buy this season).

Where? The Old Truman Brewery, Spitalfields, London E1 6QL

Advance tickets:
All tickets include a show guide and Chefs Theatre cooking demonstration
Friday adult ticket: £18.00/£16.00 concession
Saturday or Sunday adult ticket: £20.00/£18.00 concession
Three day adult ticket: £28.00/£25.00 concession
VIP day ticket: £48.00/£38.00 Friday – includes a glass of bubbly on arrival, access to the VIP area, goody bag, priority entry to theatre and masterclass sessions and refreshments.
Group tickets: Buy five get one free
All children aged 12 and under go free to all Foodies Festivals when accompanied by an adult.

Tickets on the door:
Friday adult ticket: £20.00/£18.00 concession
Saturday or Sunday adult ticket: £22.00/£20.00 concession

Opening times:
Friday 28 November: 11am-8pm
Saturday 29 November: 11am-8pm
Sunday 30 November: 11am-7pm

For more information go to www.foodiesfestival.com or call 0844 995 1111.

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