Cosford dishes up another tasty food festival
Published on: 9 July 2019
Date: 20-21 July 2019
Time: 10.00am to 5.00pm (last admission 4pm)
Cost: £6 adult / £2 child (5-15 years / under 5’s free) / £14 family (2 adults and up to 4 children)
Popular TV Chef Cyrus Todiwala OBE will be showcasing his passion for great Asian food when he headlines at the Cosford Food Festival later this month. Held at the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford on 20-21 July, the two-day food and drink festival attracts more than 13,500 foodies and showcases over 100 artisan producers and street food vendors. Gin masterclasses on board the VC10 aircraft, children’s cookery classes and live music are all on the menu, in addition to the packed line up of speciality chefs taking to the demo stage both days.
After proving a huge hit with festival goers in 2018, Cyrus is back on the demo stage at 1.00pm on Saturday and organisers are confident his culinary skills and charm will prove popular once again. Not only was he crowned ‘BBC Food Personality of the Year’ this Bombay-born Parsee chef is the Chef Patron of three London restaurants, including ‘Café Spice Namaste’, the longest standing recipient of a Michelin BIB Gourmand award. He founded the national competition, Zest Quest Asia, to nurture Asian culinary skills among ‘homegrown’ British chefs and was awarded an MBE by HM The Queen for services to education & training and an OBE for his contribution to the hospitality industry. Cyrus also featured in the RAF100 cookbook, celebrating the centenary year of the RAF and organisers are thrilled to see him back on the demo stage at Cosford, dishing up more of his witty cooking advice.
Speciality Chefs joining Cyrus on the demo stage over the festival weekend include:
Saturday 20 July: Tom Court owner of Sticky Fig Catering, with two AA Rosettes to his name, Stuart Collins, Chef and owner at Docket No.33 in Whitchurch, Mark Harris Head Chef at The Pheasant Inn, Neenton, nominated for ‘Great British Pub of the Year’ and Rob Swift Owner of Bread2Bake and author of ‘Born and Bread’ who will be sharing some of the family’s 150 years of baking knowledge.
Sunday 21 July: Tettenhall based Tom Robinson, owner of Seats at Robinsons Bistro will be kick starting the days demos, followed by Suree Coates the award-winning Chef Patron of the Thai Pop Up ‘Surees Kitchen No9’ in Ironbridge, Tom Court Owner of Sticky Fig Catering is back for a second visit sharing some of his European inspired dishes, Chris Burt Executive Head Chef of the Mytton and Mermaid near Shrewsbury, trained at The Savoy, Luca Bellomusto Senior Sous Chef at one of Staffordshire’s premier hotels, the Moathouse Hotel.
As well as feasting on fine food and drink, festival goers can also sit back and enjoy the weekend’s live music entertainment. Kick starting the weekend’s performances is the Shawbury and Stafford Military Wives Choirs on Saturday and Sunday respectively. Bringing a touch of vintage sounds to the festival will be the fabulous The Bluebird Belles, a 1940s vintage trio who specialise in retro sounds. NEW to the festival this year is SkaBurst with their upbeat, feel good classic Ska and Ska’d up twists on well-known classics! Rounding off the music line-up on the main stage is Epic Volume, performing rock classics from Doves to Nirvana, Levellers to Black Sabbath and everything in-between.
An exciting NEW musical addition for the 2019 Cosford Food Festival is the Signal 107 Sounds Stage that will see up and coming acoustic artists creating a buzz and performing live in the street food area both days.
The Cosford Food Festival is offering gin fans an exclusive opportunity to enjoy a unique gin tasting experience on board the VC10 aircraft over the festival weekend. Gin Flight will be hosted by experts from the Gin Jamboree gin school, they will talk you through everything you need to know about gin including….how gin is made, a live demo of how gin is flavoured and tutored tasting of four styles of gin. There will be four, 45-minute Gin Flights each day with limited spaces available, book in advance to avoid disappointment. Sessions cost £10.00 per person (over 18’s only).
If you have little ones, bring them with you….there will be plenty of entertainment including kids cookery classes, circus skills, face painting, festival glitter, giant games for all the family and a NEW Tech Tent packed full of activities including drone flying and a robot maze plus much more!
If it’s strictly the food you’re interested in, the Cosford Food Festival has it in abundance. The weekend will be packed full of more artisan food and drink than ever before, from some of the region’s top award-winning producers. This year’s epic line-up includes some of the best street food in town serving up a diverse menu with flavours from around the world to tempt foodies. New to the festival this year is Birmingham based Canoodle, serving Pan Asian cuisine, Sticky Beaks who specialise in slow-roasted meats and Pioneer Pies serving gourmet handmade pies and sides, served from a converted vintage MK2 Transit. For those who can’t resist something sweet Chockshop will offer a huge selection of chocolate brownies served with hot chocolate sauce and cream and La Chariot offers a fabulous choice of delicious sweet and savoury crepes and panini’s. No summer event would be complete without traditional dairy ice-creams and sorbets, look out for the Shropshire Ice Cream Company in the little yellow caravan.
The hugely popular Birmingham based Street Souvlaki will be back with their Greek BBQ along with Baked in Brick serving their chicken tikka wraps cooked on the bonnet of a red mini! If it’s a gourmet burger you fancy, look out for Sticky Fig in their brand new American airstream, or perhaps a freshly made stone baked pizza courtesy of Barebones Pizza could tempt you. For those who like food with a bit more of a kick, Mukaase will be back this year, dishing up Afro-Caribbean curries and dumplings. Habaneros will be bringing a touch of Mexico to the festival with their award-winning burritos, tacos and home-made nachos and POW Events will be returning for a second year serving their giant gourmet flat iron cheese toasties!
Why not wash your lunch down with a glass of fizz from the Proseccart, a little tipple from the Gin Jamboree, or perhaps one of Beetle Juice’s summer cocktails as you sit back and enjoy the festival entertainment! If you’re designated driver, the Bar of Farr Farr Away will be serving soft drinks and slushies alongside their full bar service, or why not grab yourself a freshly ground coffee from Drink Up’s converted American Dodge Van or Van Chaud’s H Van. Make the most of the summer drinks on offer and travel by train, there will be a free shuttle bus running continuously throughout the day from Cosford train station to the festival.
Plus, four huge marquees will be packed full of local food and drink for you to sample and buy! This bustling food market will be packed with popular favourites on the food festival scene.