Food Festival

There is a delicious selection on offer at this year’s Show. Over 50 producers will be featured in the Food Hall selling some delicious offerings such as cheese, charcuterie, relishes and cakes.

Three catering areas will be jampacked with mouthwatering picnic food from souvlaki to sausages, pizza to pulled pork and lots more…

The Great British Gin Festival*

Brand new for 2019 – The Great British Gin Festival, home to the UK’s largest gin festival tour visiting over 30 cities across the country. We bring you the widest selection of hand-picked gins in the UK, all available under one roof and prepared by our expert mixologists for the perfect serve. Sample gins from around the world and experience new flavour profiles, we think you are sure to find a new favourite tipple.

Our gin experience is more than just drinking! We offer great entertainment, information on how gin is made, free samples and a goodie bag. A serious must for gin lovers or for those just wanting to try their first taste of gin.

*Additional charges apply

Cookery Theatre

Our very special Cookery Theatre is back with chefs from hotels and restaurants all over the Cotswolds demonstrating some delicious dishes for you to try.

Joe McCarthy – The Wychwood Inn

The Wychwood Inn offers traditional Cotswold hospitality with great food, five unique and stylish guest rooms and a landscaped terrace garden, where it is ideal to eat and drink outside (when the sun shines!) 

Head chef, Joe, honed his kitchen skills, in particular, at the Lords of the Manor in Lower Slaughter. His ingredients are sourced impeccably and takes pride in doing things ‘a little differently’. We’re in for a treat!

lsm-nikchappell-02Nik Chappell – The Slaughters Manor

The more creative chefs are often credited with serving up ‘pictures on plates’ but Nik Chappell is better placed than many of his contemporaries as he started out as an artist.

Born and bred in Doncaster, South Yorkshire, he studied fine art at the university of Derby and a career in art was the original plan – until his passion for cooking got the better of him. Whilst working at local pubs, Nik began to fall in love with food and so a career in the kitchen beckoned.

Having previously held Head Chef positions at restaurants including L’Ortolan, Mallory Court and The Tudor Room, Nik has won accolades including four AA rosettes during his time at L’Ortolan and enjoys a reputation for creating exciting and expertly executed fine dining menus.

Ales Maurer – The Lygon Arms

The Lygon Bar & Grill’s head chef Ales Maurer, who trained in Prague, uses the very best seasonal produce from trusted suppliers. Dining at The Lygon Arms is a typical Cotswolds celebration of local food and drink. Each menu is carefully crafted using locally sourced, fresh produce.

Michael Pearson – The Lygon Arms

Brand new to our Cookery Theatre (and for over 18s only), we have a mixologist! That’s a cocktail maker to you and me!

Michael will be demonstrating three cocktails: Elderflower Mojito, 3 Citrus Margarita (frozen) and Toasted Hazelnut Espresso Martini. Cheers!

Kuba Winkowski – The Feathered Nest Inn

The Feathered Nest Country Inn, a country pub, restaurant and inn. It has won 3 AA Rosettes for its award-winning modern British dining under Head Chef, Kuba.  He and his team source ingredients and produce from local suppliers, where possible. Not only does this attest to the freshness of the ingredients, but in turn supports local farmers and suppliers, whilst reducing their carbon footprint.

Nick Galer – The Miller of Mansfield

Award winning food and produce provenance, Nick Galer (former team member of Heston Blumenthal’s The Fat Duck Group), will be bringing his take on elegant food using the finest quality ingredients and giving the ultimate respect to the raw product.

Philip Mayo – The Wild Beer at Jessops House

Philip is a sous chef at the venue in Cheltenham, having been working as a chef for over seven years.

He uses the skills he’s learnt from working in kitchens from fine dining at the White Spoon to gastro pubs like The Kilcot Inn in the Forest of Dean, producing stylish food with bags of flavour!

He takes inspiration from all over the world in his menu and uses Argan Oil from The Taste of Argan Oil in his dishes.