Celebrities line-up for ‘Gastro-Glasto’ bank holiday weekend

FOODIES FESTIVAL – the UK’s biggest touring celebrity food and music festival series – returns to Oxford for a huge August Bank Holiday weekend from 26th – 28th August. 

Featuring a star-studded line-up of celebrity chefs and chart-topping music stars, including Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Scouting For Girls and Martin Kemp 

Known as Gastro-Glastonbury, the festival will take place at South Parks across the August Bank Holiday weekend. The three-day event features live cooking demonstrations from TV chefs, stars of MasterChef and Great British Menu, plus top-rated Michelin-starred and award-winning chefs.

Star names appearing in the live cooking theatres include: MasterChef 2023 champion, Chariya Khattiyot, MasterChef: The Professionals champion, Alex Webb, MasterChef champion, Dhruv Baker, Great British Menu 2023 finalist, Avinash Shashidhara, MasterChef finalist, Madeeha Qureshi, Great British Menu and Michelin starred chef-patron, Paul Welburn, from the Swan Inn and Cygnet restaurant, Islip, stars of Channel 4’s Extreme Cake Makers and founders of Black Box Cake, Christine and Phil Jensen, Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch bread expert, Jack Sturgess, celebrity TV chef, Omar Allibhoy and TV chef, award-winning author and British Empire Medal awarded, Manju Malhi

The musical feast is just as sumptuous with chart-topping diva, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, platinum-selling festival favourites Scouting For Girls, and Spandau Ballet and Eastenders icon Martin Kemp, delivering the ultimate 80’s DJ party.

Showcasing the best of Oxford and beyond, many of the most-highly acclaimed Michelin and multi-award-winning chefs will also appear, including: Mike North, chef-patron of Michelin starred The Nut Tree in Murcott, multi-award winning chef, Samuel Squires, from The Old Crown Coaching Inn, Faringdon, Mark Peregrine from the Raymond Blanc Cookery School and Rhys Grayson, executive chef from The Alice at The Randolph.

Throughout the 3 day holiday weekend, visitors will enjoy a jam-packed schedule of TV cooking show champions and award-winning chefs in the interactive live theatres. In the Chefs Theatre, celebrities will create their signature dishes and share new tips and tricks, whilst in the Cake & Bake Theatre, star bakers whip up showstoppers and offer tempting sweet treats.

In The Kids Cookery School, Foodies SuperChefs make cooking fun, helping younger guests to prepare delicious food which they can take away and enjoy. Masterclasses in the Drinks Theatre include tutored Champagne, Beer, Cider, Cocktail and Wine-tasting, including presentations from BBC expert Joe Wadsack and ITV expert, Tom Surgey.

Visitors can browse the latest food trends in the Shopping Village, meet local producers in the Artisan Market and taste exotic and unusual new dishes in the Feasting Tent – which features a mouth-watering range of street food and delicacies from all four corners of the globe.

Other attractions include the League of Fire’s Oxford title belt chilli eating competition featuring the World champion ‘Chilli Queen’, Shahina Waseem, fairground, children’s activities, and family-friendly areas.

Dates and tickets

South Parks, Oxford

26th – 28th August 2023 Bank Holiday Weekend

Day tickets from: Under 6 Go Free, £3 (child), and £19 (adult)

Weekend tickets from £38 (3-day)

On sale now at www.foodiesfestival.com