Great Taste Festival announces two new dates

Organisers of the Great Taste Festival of Food and Drink have revealed two new events this year, including special guest appearances from Stacie Stewart and Lisa Faulkner.

Stacie Stewart, a special guest at the Great Taste Festival
Stacie Stewart, a special guest at the Great Taste Festival

The festival, managed by Channell Events, will be making its way to Clumber Park in Nottinghamshire on 21 and 22 September, as well as Donnington Park in Derbyshire between 7-8 December.

The event brings together food producers, brands and celebrity guests with a range of dishes served in restaurants, pop-up cafés and bars throughout the event.

Bev Channell, managing director of Channell Events, said: "We have selected two great locations for this year. We will focus on the award winning produce that is harvested and developed in that particular area, therefore providing a great showcase for the local business community, as well as bringing fantastic producers to the region from across the UK.

"There will be delicious food to buy and take home from over 120 food producers."

Stacie Stewart, one of the judges from ITV’s Food Glorious Food, and Lisa Faulkner, 2010 winner of BBC One’s Celebrity Masterchef, will be making appearances in the cookery theatre at the inaugural event in September. Both will be offering expert advice, tips and techniques to attendees.

The Great Taste Producers theatre will be hosted by the Guild of Fine Food where they will be interviewing food producers, along with a panel of judges, as well as offering sessions and tastings throughout the day.

John Farrand, organiser of Great Taste, said: "Great Taste continues to shine a spotlight on the very best food and drink with almost 10,000 products entered for blind judging in 2013. 

"We are thrilled to be working with Channell Events on this new series of festivals which will be a wonderful opportunity for producers to gather together in stunning venues, meet lovers of great food and drink, and collectively celebrate their Great Taste 2013 award winners."

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