A first for Bake Off Fans: Candice Brown, Winner of Great British Bake Off & Junior Bake Off Winner Amari Koryang Join Foodies Festival Line Up

13th June 2017

For the first time ever, Great British Bake Off fans can meet and get recipe tips from both Great British Bake Off Winner Candice Brown and local Junior Great British Bake Off Winner Amari Koryang. Both talented, award-winning bakers will be baking on at Birmingham Foodies Festival and answering the questions of fans and fellow bakers. It will be the first time Candice Brown, Winner of Great British Bake Off 2016, lippy in one hand and spatula in the other, will be baking up a storm in our Cakes and Desserts Theatre for two demonstrations. Candice says “I’m excited to return Foodies Festival for 8 of their festivals across the UK this summer, with two baking demonstrations a day giving me the chance to share my favourite recipes with so many of my fans and fellow bakers”. 

Join Foodies Festival Birmingham, Cannon Hill Park on June 23, 24 & 25 for 2 for 1 tickets plus goody bags use code FOODIES241 at www.foodiesfestival.com .Both Candice and Amari will be baking on Sunday 25th June and Michelin starred Nathan Eades, Richard Turner and Brad Carter will also be cooking in the Chef’s Theatre.

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Amari, 69 years younger than veteran baking queen Mary Berry, has already joining cookery’s upper-crust. The schoolgirl was the real showstopper in the in the 2015 final, impressing judges with her plaited Sausage Rock n Roll Pizza, raspberry pinwheels and the icing on the cake was her Welsh-inspired two-tier waterfall cake. Amari says she’s really excited to bake for the Foodies Festival visitors in her hometown and meet Candice Brown.


Cakes & Desserts Theatre


From Great British Bake Off winner Candice Brown to baking extraordinaire Charlotte White, master chocolatier Fiona Sciolti and top local cake-makers and patisserie chefs, the Cakes and Desserts theatre is set to expand to include not only top local bakers but also local chefs renowned for their outstanding desserts. From delectable desserts to show-stopping cake towers, these chefs and bakers will be inspiring visitors to reach for their spatulas and whisks at home to recreate their delicious summer bakes. Avid bakers can get hands on with our practical baking masterclasses or bring along your best bake to enter our very own Foodies Bake Off competition judged at 3pm each day with a KitchenAid Mini for the winner! The Chocolate, Cake and Dessert Village with freshly baked breads, sponges, tarts, jellies and desserts gives you the opportunity to taste, decorate and learn from local experts. Afternoon tea can be enjoyed in the beautifully decorated Vintage Tea Room, where teas, handmade cakes and scones with clotted cream and jam are served on china from a tea trolley by vintage styled tea ladies and gentlemen, and vintage music for ambience.

Chefs Theatre in Association with Stoves


Foodie fans can look forward to a celebrity and Michelin-starred chef line-up in the Chefs Theatre this summer, with Britain’s top chefs showcasing their culinary skills and inspiring the audience with their delicious dishes. There will be a focus on culinary wellness, with farm-to-table dishes, sugar-free cooking and ‘feel good’ food trends. We’re delighted to announce that Bristolian Dean Edwards, resident chef on ITV’s ‘Lorraine’ and runner-up in MasterChef 2006, will be joining our line up in the Chef’s Theatre with his feel-good family food and healthy recipes. Dean says he’s “really looking forward to appearing on the Chef’s Theatre at Foodies Festival for the first time with all my fellow Bristolian foodies! Foodies Festival, with its focus on healthy and delicious local produce and its celebration of the best local culinary talent, really matches my own cooking ethos and values. I’m excited to be a part of it – especially with the show being at home in Bristol.”


Top chefs in the Chef’s Theatre include:-

  •  Dhruv Baker – The Jolly Gardener & MasterChef Winner 2010
  • James Wong – Chung Ying
  • Juanita Hennessey – MasterChef Finalist 2015
  • Saira Hamilton – MasterChef Finalist 2015
  • Katy Beskow – Great Vegan Bake Off Winner & Little Miss Meat Free
  •  Brad Carter – Michelin Starred Carters of Moseley
  • Richard Turner – Michelin Starred Turners at 69
  • Tony Cridland – 1847 Vegetarian Restaurant
  • Nathan Eades – Michelin Starred Simpsons
  • Andrew Scott & Nick Bennett – Restaurant 56

The Art of Healthy Living in Association with yogahaven


Let Foodies Festival inspire you this summer with a focus on health and wellness in the Healthy Living Zone at each festival. Ask your health and fitness questions or learn delicious healthy recipes from top chefs or join a masterclass with Nomad Health. Award Winning Author and Great Vegan Bake-Off winner Katy Beskow will demonstrate delicious mouth-watering recipes, teaching you how to have your cake and eat it.


The zen healthy living area will be providing a daily timetable of yoga classes from 11.30-4.30 from top local yoga studio yogahaven, all included with the price of your ticket. Alongside this, talks from industry leaders and demonstrations from the UK’s top nutritionists will arm you with all the knowledge and inspiration you’ll need to keep healthy and still enjoy delicious food. Let top chefs arm you with the tools to improve your lifestyle and become healthier and happier without fad diets and with more vegetarian choices. Browse, buy and speak with experts in the healthy living shopping area with a hand picked selection of the best health, fitness and nutrition brands to keep you glowing long after you leave the festival.


Kids Zone and Kids Cookery School  


The Kids Cookery School is a chance for the whole family to join in while the children are introduced to new food and flavours from around the world. There will be fun science inspired kids cookery with Kiddy Cook leading classes on ‘Marvellous Microbes’, science experiments you can eat, making sherbet and ‘Fizz! Bang! Wallop!’ classes on how Co2 makes dough rise as they make bread bubble bombs, carbon dioxide rockets and delicious dough balls with homemade garlic butter with the kids. In addition there will be outdoor activities, simple crafts, toys, books, bouncy castles and trampolines, giant hula hoops, giant Jenga, chess and garden games. Private toilets and a nursing area will also be included.


Creative Summer Workshops


Enjoy Creative Summer Workshops by creative chef and Vogue featured food stylist Cicely Violet, with practical masterclasses on how to create Psychedelic Pavlovas, MidSummer Cupcakes or Summer Cocktail Classes. These hands on workshops will continue the theme of healthy living with a creative twist on homemade herbal cordial cocktails and fruit sorbets.


Drinks Theatre


Expert mixologists and sommeliers, including Neil Phillips and Charles Metcalfe, will host a full timetable of masterclasses on wine, whisky and champagne and cheese tastings in the Drinks Theatre each day. There’s a Beer for That will be leading craft beer and food pairings, so there’s something for everyone.


Cook with Critters: Creative Healthy Living


There is a new bug-eating trend in healthy living, with Chef Dan Barber having declared that “Sushi of 30 years ago is the insects of today”. Don’t shy away from this new trend too quickly, as the insect food industry is booming and the Vietnamese Street Food Stand will be demonstrating how to cook with critters and the health benefits of doing so. Stop by to learn about the benefits of chocolate-dipped and candy-coated worms, scorpions, locusts, ants, caterpillars, mealworms and crickets! These tasty critters will also be sold in powder and flour form – a high source of protein – to bake, season and cook with. For those brave enough, there’s a daily Bug-Eating Contest, where visitors compete against one another by eating jungle insects, from small ants to large juicy grubs, with the contestant eating the biggest and the most being crowned champion. The famous Chilli-Eating Challenge also continues in 2017, inviting fans of spice to compete in a challenge for only the bravest of visitors!


Street Food Avenue


Now in its 12th year, Foodies Festival attracts street food vendors from around the world, offering visitors the chance to take a culinary trip to all corners of the world. Japanese, Thai, Malaysian, Argentinian, Turkish, Indian, Korean, Mexican, French and African are just some of the flavours to feast on this summer. With everything from Crème Brulee campervans to flavours of Morocco and paella, we challenge you not to be lured in by the sensory overload of the Street Food Avenue.


Artisan Producers Market


A stunning array of Great Taste Award winners will be exhibiting at Foodies Festival 2017, each being hailed as a producer of ‘Exquisite, Outstanding and Simply Delicious’ food and drink. This is a fantastic opportunity for visitors to meet artisan producers from the local area and across the country, ask questions about their produce and story, and stock up on award winning produce. With over 200 stalls to peruse at each festival, visitors will be spoilt for choice while they meander between smoked salmon tasting stands, outstanding local cheeses, melt-in-your-mouth brownies, award-winning oils and chutneys, and much, much more.


Live Music, Restaurant Tents and Pop-Up Bars


Find out why Foodies Festival was hailed the “Gastronomic Glastonbury” by dancing along to the live music on our Entertainment Stage together with Success Express, with local favourites taking to the stage. Enjoy the music and soak up the atmosphere with a glass of Pimms from the Giant Pimm’s Teaport, rum cocktails from the Rum Galleon Ship, gin and tonic from the Giant Gin Pot or bask in the sun atop the double-decker BarBus.


VIP in association with Borgo Molino: The Red Carpet Welcome


The Foodies Festival VIP experience will be taken to a new level in 2017, with champagne tasting sessions held in the comfort of the VIP area, complimentary glass of fizz in hand courtesy of Borgo Molino. The VIP lounge will also have a new deli and gourmet snacks area and complimentary, exclusive Foodies Festival tote bags with VIP goodies inside. Live music on the VIP acoustic music stage will add to visitors’ luxury experience in VIP and make their time at Foodies Festival all the more memorable.


Festival Highlights:

  • Art of Health Living and Balanced Lifestyle
  • Brand New Creative Summer Workshops
  • Michelin-star, celebrity and top local chefs cooking in the Chefs Theatre
  • More award-winning producers than ever before
  • Champagne, wine, gin, rum and craft beer masterclasses
  • Bug-Eating competition and the famous Chilli-Eating Challenge
  • Live Music from local bands at the Unsigned Music Awards Stage
  • Burlesque Baker Charlotte White and patisserie chefs whipping up summer bakes in the Cakes & Desserts Theatre