South West’s biggest free food festival

Celebrity chefs Dean Edwards, Phil Vickery and Rosemary Schrager to headline the Gloucester Quays event in July

Summer at Gloucester Quays just got a whole lot hotter as our popular Food Festival is returning to the city.

Now in its eighth year, the festival with its mix of celebrity chefs, local producers, food stalls and so much more is firmly on the map as a must do day out.

This year the festival will offer free cookery demonstrations from Dean Edwards, a firm favourite on ITV’s Lorraine, TV personality Rosemary Shrager and This Morning’s Phil Vickery.

The free to enter three-day culinary extravaganza takes from Friday July 26th to Sunday 28th July. There will be live cookery demonstrations, book signings and a chance to sample gastronomic treats from across the region and beyond with 120 stalls on offer throughout the weekend.

Molly Richards, Event Manager, said: “We are delighted to have Dean, Phil and Rosemary headlining our food festival which is such a popular event in the Gloucester Quays calendar.

“It is shaping up to be an amazing three days with artisan producers, street food, live music and brilliant cookery demonstrations.”

The food market will be open from 10am to 6pm, in and around Orchard Square, Victoria Basin and Mariners Square.  

Visitors can then sit back and relax with a drink by the waterside at one of the pop-up bars including the Big Red Bus Bar or head into one of Gloucester Quay's’ favourite restaurants for some delicious food, such as TGI Fridays, Wagamama, Bill’s, Cote Brasserie, Bella Italia, Nando’s, Carluccio’s, Zizzi’s and Pizza Express.

Live music will be daily from around midday to 8pm.

Celebrity chefs and special events

Friday 26th July - Dean Edwards

Opening the festival on the Friday. Dean has worked on various television programmes, including Take on the Takeaway and This Morning. He is currently the resident chef on ITV's Lorraine and makes regular appearances on Saturday Cookbook.

Dean will do three free demos throughout the day plus a 30-minute book signing.

Saturday 27th July - Rosemary Shrager

Rosemary is best known for being an haute cuisine teacher on the reality television programme Ladette to Lady, and as a judge on Soapstar Superchef. She also made an appearance on the reality TV series I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!

Other television projects have included Kitchen Showdown with Rosemary Shrager, the three-part BBC series, The Real Marigold Hotel, Culinary Genius and the BBC's show The Big Family Cooking Showdown.

Rosemary will again do three free demos throughout Saturday.

Sunday 28th July - Phil Vickery

Over the past 15 years Phil has appeared on the BBC ‘Holiday Programme’, ‘Ready Steady Cook’, ‘Proof Of The Pudding’, his own series ‘Phil Vickery’s Pudding Club’ and of course ‘This Morning’, presenting live and pre-recorded cookery items.

Phil will complete three free demos and book signings.

Family fun

A range of family activities will be available across the weekend – watch this space for more details.

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Celeb Chefs at Gloucester Quays Food Festival

GINGO heading to the City

Eyes down Gloucester as GINGO is heading to the city

It is the ginspirational game taking events by storm and now Gingo is coming to Gloucester Quays Food Festival this summer.

The new game which is bingo paired with a gin school gives people the chance to learn more about the nation’s favourite spirit as well as wielding their dabbers hoping for a full house.

There are sessions throughout the festival which is taking between July 26 and 28 and is the largest free event of its kind across the South West.

Ginstructor Georga Spottiswood set up Gingo a year ago and has been coming top of the shop with gin fans at events across the north of England ever since.

“Some exceptional gins are being produced in the region and across the UK,” she said.

 “At Gingo, we bring in distillery owners to talk about their passion, how they started their business, the botanicals they use and how people should drink their gin.

 “Gin is a hugely popular drink - sales of UK gin at home and abroad doubled in the last five years and last year reached a record £2bn – and this is a great way to support artisan distilleries and have fun at the same time.”

Georga’s business partner and key bingo caller is Toyah Charlton and together they are G&T. She said the event was the perfect tonic for the festival.

“Gingo is a great addition to the programme. Its brilliant fun playing the game while learning about top tipples at the same time,” she said.

Gingo sessions are taking place on:

Friday July 26 - 2pm and 4pm

Saturday July 27 - Noon, 2pm and 4pm

Sunday July 28 - 2pm and 4pm

GINGO Gin School