Food festival set to serve up a feast

The man behind some of the best Sunday roast dinners in the UK is set to demonstrate his talents at this year’s Great Malvern Food Festival.


Chef Matt Slocombe will be cooking up some tasty treats at the free annual event which this year takes place on Bank Holiday Monday, 29 May from 10am to 5.30pm, in the grounds of Great Malvern Priory Church.


Matt runs the Crown Inn in Woolhope, Herefordshire and his Sunday lunches have been recognised by the Best British Roast Dinner Awards, Matt also has a regular Saturday morning cooking slot with Andrew Easton on BBC Hereford and Worcester.


Also performing on the cookery demonstration stage will be Lizzy Hughes, who runs Malvern based Our Lizzy Cooking, and will be sharing some healthy ideas using beans and pulses.


There will also be the chance for younger visitors to have a go at making their own pizzas with Matthew Lloyd from The Fabulous Cob Oven Company and demonstrations from Malvern St James School and Peter Cook founder of the award-winning Peter Cooks Bread.


There will be more than 60 stalls offering the finest local produce from home-made fudge and sweet crepes to Caribbean and Mexican food.


Entertainment will also be provided by Malvern Rock Choir, Jazz band Second Line and Mark Abbott who will be juggling fruit, onions and eggs while balancing a baguette on the end of his nose.


The Bank Holiday weekend also includes the Malvern Munch Food Walk. Taking place on Sunday 28 May, the enjoyable seven mile walk over and around the Malvern Hills offers walkers the chance to taste great local food and drink whilst listening to live music at stops along the way. Tickets cost £25 for adults and £15 children including all food and drink and can be purchased from Malvern Hills Tourist Information Centre or call 01684 892289.


Malcolm Salisbury, Economic Development Officer for Malvern Hills District Council, said: “This year’s food festival promises to be bigger and better than ever and is a fantastic showcase of the local produce available in our area. I’d urge people to come and discover some of the mouthwatering morsels available.”