Cheltenham Food & Drink Festival, 15th to 17th June


This years Cheltenham Food & Drink Festival, 15th to 17th June, in Montpellier Gardens promises to be one of the best yet; be sure not to miss it. Amongst the highlights of this year’s Festival will be two Masterclasses with Oz Clarke, one of the world’s leading wine experts held in the Beronia Txoko International Wine Theatre.

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Join Oz as he explores the Jackson Estate Winery who produce some of the finest wines from New Zealand. Places are limited for these one hour classes so please book your ticket at £20 for each Masterclass. For more information visit www.garden-events.com.

A variety of experts offering a wide range of wine tastings with information given out include Amelia Singer, wine expert and presenter on Channel 5’s ‘The Wine Show’. During her talk she will be guiding visitors through a tutored tasting of the exciting changes in wine.

During the three day Festival, the Jamie Williams Design Chef’s Kitchen Theatre will play host to a number of inspiring chefs who will demonstrate their creative cooking, sharing their passion for food and some of their culinary tips. Amongst the chefs who will be appearing are:

BOSH! Henry Firth and Ian Theasby started their plant-based Facebook food channel BOSH! to inspire people to eat a healthier, more ethical and sustainable lifestyle. In just 10 months, the pair amassed over 1m fans and 300m video views. Everything they do is 100% plant-based and vegan. Their food is certainly not dull or bland and their new cookbook has over 100 fun, tasty and simple all plant recipes.

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Accomplished Head Chef Matthew Aldred from Cheltenham’s fabulous new Ivy Montpellier Brasserie will be show casing some of this restaurant’s favourite dishes. Occupying the town’s iconic Grade I listed Rotunda building, just across from Montpellier Gardens, this elegant all-day dining destination is proving to be one of Cheltenham’s tope favourite restaurants.

There will be a number of food and drink talks on a wide range of subjects during the course of the Festival. For whisky lovers do not miss Phil Huckle’s two Masterclasses. The first is about the famous Single Malt distillery The Glenlivet. Tasting six of the distillery’s range, you will be guided through the tasting whilst learning secrets of what makes this whisky so special. Please book ahead as spaces are limited and the cost of this Masterclass is £6 per adult. His second master class is about the blended Scotch whisky Chivas Regal. As well as learning about this world famous blended whisky, you will have the chance to blend your own whisky from 5 special whiskies and be allowed to take a 200ml bottle of your blend home. Please book ahead as spaces are limited and the cost of this master class is £6 per adult.

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Gardeners will be given a treat when they attend Terry Walton’s ‘Gardening from Plot to Pot’. Terry has appeared regularly on Radio 2’s Jeremy Vine show as well as local radio stations around the region; TV appearances include ITV’s Good Morning and BBC’s Gardeners World. He will give an illustrated talk on how to grow organic vegetables with many tips for successful growing.

Cheltenham Food & Drink Festival also offers an exciting day out for children with street theatre and traditional Punch and Judy. There is live music throughout the weekend and you will have the chance to buy a range of delicious foods, pickles, sweets and alcoholic items from over 220 exhibitors.


Tickets are available on pre-order from just £4 to £6 for adults and £10 for a two-day ticket. Children under the age of 16 go free provided they are accompanied by a ticket purchasing adult. Pre-booking for the Oz Clarke and Whisky Masterclasses is essential. For further information, free brochure and to buy your tickets, visit www.garden-events.com.

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