Chester 2018 Food and Drink Festival launches

Kids Cooking Classes Lilly Salisbury 5, Alicia Waind 8, Millie Westwood 10 with Emma Shawcross of the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts

The country’s biggest Easter Food Festival returns to Chester Racecourse in 2018 with a star-studded line-up of Chefs and so many things for foodie festival fans to eat, drink and do.

Festival organiser, Stephen Wundke said he was excited about the planned events for 2018 as he explained.

“Next year is the 18th year of this iconic event and every year it gets bigger and bigger,” he said. “We have some outstanding chefs confirmed as you would expect, kids cooking returns, we have adult cooking classes and last year’s incredibly popular BBQ cooking classes returns with local chef Brian Mellor at the helm again.

“Exhibitor bookings are at 75% with still 4 months to go and the range of food and drink on offer is as broad as ever.

Our ever popular Camperfest that sees over 1500 people camping on the racecourse, is open for bookings with 500 people having signed up to come again in the first week of tickets being released.

It promises to be another bumper Chester event with the economic impact estimated by Manchester University being in excess of £2.4 million to the local economy.

Running side by side with the event will be the Taste Cheshire Food and Drink Awards and voting for this will commence in January.

Last year over 44,000 votes were cast by Cheshire customers with this event now the biggest and longest running of its type in the UK with the first awards back in 1998. We can’t wait to celebrate our 20th anniversary, and the wonderful food and drink scene Cheshire has had to offer.

The heats for the other major food event; the search to find the Sausage of the Festival will commence on February 16th with the finals taking place on Sunday April 1st.

This ever-popular event sees festival goers act as judges to choose the winners from the semi-finalists selected by a group of judges taking who make their decisions at the University of Chester NOW food centre.

The Festival has something for everyone from Children through to adults, and is still an event where a family can have four hours of fun for less than £20.

Tickets for the event are on sale now with online adult tickets discounted by 25% and costing just £6 and children under 12 free.

For more information about the many activities, the chef line ups for 2018 and the very special on line ticket deals go to

Celebrity Chef Brian Mellor on the Broil King BBQ Demostation Stage

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