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Worcester Foodie Festival

Friday 4th – Sunday 6th August 2017


Street Entertainment & Visitors

CrownGate Food QuarterDiscover the tasty treats that Worcester can offer you. Following the great success of last year’s event, the Worcester Foodie Festival will return bigger and better with over 60 stalls offering delicious food and drink from local businesses and selected specialist producers, as well as food and drink matching sessions, cookery demonstrations and master class workshops by a variety of well-established chefs.

We are pleased to announce that Jean-Christophe Novelli will be returning to the Worcester Foodie Festival by popular demand this year! The ‘nation’s favourite French chef’ will be running free cookery demonstrations on the Main Stage at Cathedral Square on Saturday. Live music, street entertainment, competitions, free face painting and fun activities will make sure that there is something for all the family at this celebration of all things tasty. The event will be taking place throughout the pedestrianised city centre and admission is free.


This free event is for all the family and takes place throughout the pedestrianised city centre.

Opening times:
Friday       10am – 5.30pm
Saturday  10am – 5.30pm
Sunday    11am – 4.00pm


  • More than 60 Food & Drink Exhibitors
  • Demonstrations, Masters Classes, Workshops & Tasting Sessions
  • Kids Activities at the Foodie Festival
    – Kids Cookery Theatre
    – Free Face Painting
    – Colouring Competion
  • Activities, Offers & Competitions at Local Businesses
  • Live Music & Street Entertainment
  • Competitions
  • City Centre Map & Parking Offers
  • Food & Drink Business Directory


Get a flavour of what the event is all about and see what was on during the 2017 Worcester Foodie Festival.
Click here to view and download the standard PDF version of the programme (ca. 12MB) or take a look at the page turner version of the programme (Adobe Flash required).


Meet the Chefs



Jean Christophe Novelli-2 3039Multi-Michelin award-winning chef Jean-Christophe Novelli will be headlining the Worcester festival on Saturday. The ‘nation’s favourite French chef’ will be
running free cookery demonstrations on the main stage at the new Cathedral Square. Jean-Christophe set up an internationally based restaurant mini empire and he regularly appears on day-time TV including Loose Women, This Morning and in the past he has been on Hell’s Kitchen, Culinary Genius, Celebrity Cribs, A League of Their Own and Paul Hollywood’s Big Continental Road Trip. His passion for passing on his wealth of culinary knowledge to others led him to open his own cookery school, The Novelli Academy based in his personal kitchen at his Hertfordshire farm, which was voted amongst the ‘Top 25 Cookery Schools in the World’. Jean-Christophe is very enthusiastic about healthy cooking, so make sure to see him at the Worcester Foodie Festival to find out more about replacing salt and sugar with his own unique flavours and reduce the amount of saturated fats whilst creating delicious recipes. Over his illustrious career Jean-Christophe has written numerous books, with his latest “Simply Novelli” being applauded by the food critics around the world. Come and get your book signed at the Worcester Foodie Festival on Saturday. Book signing sessions are kindly supported by Waterstones Worcester (The Shambles). Simply bring your own copy or buy one at the event and meet Jean-Christophe after the demos.





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Richard Fox is renowned for cooking with beer as well as creating gourmet beer and food matches, but his other great passion is on the subject of reducing our food waste by performing cooking demonstrations on the theme of ‘Love Food, Hate Waste’.
Richard is an award-winning writer, cook book author and TV chef presenter. He was a regular chef on BBC 2’s Food Poker and has appeared on UKTV Food, Saturday Cooks on ITV, The Good Food Show on BBC Radio 4, to name but a few. His most recent book is entitled ‘How to be an Everyday Kitchen Magician: Fabulous Feasts for Almost Free’.
Make sure you view Richard’s exuberant and entertaining demonstrations at the Worcester Foodie Festival on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. They’re free to attend!




Lizzy Hughes

Lizzy Hughes Chef


Lizzy Hughes will be showing you how to cook simple, tasty, nutritious vegetarian meals on behalf of Worcester Veggies and Vegans on the Main Stage on Friday and Sunday. She runs Our Lizzy Cooking, where in 2010 she combined her skills as a school teacher and cook to create vegan cookery days from her purpose built kitchen in Malvern. Through Our Lizzy she offers people an opportunity to explore a variety of cuisines in a relaxed friendly setting. Lizzy enjoys using a wide range of locally grown seasonal produce. She loves exploring new ingredients and developing new recipes. She is passionate about encouraging people to eat more beans and pulses and use them in innovative ways.








F&D sessions


Martin & Roy

Find out more about food and drink matching and join one of the free tasting sessions in front of the Guildhall. Tasting sessions will feature a variety of cheeses in combination with local beers, wines and ciders – kindly sponsored by and available from local businesses – Cornmarket Deli, Bottles Wine Bar & Merchants as well as Foodie Festival stalls.

As part of the sessions our cheese experts Martin Mills and Roy McDonald will also be introducing you to ‘smorging’ – an indulgent grazing style of eating based on the Scandinavian smørgåsbord – so discover new exciting ways of eating your favourite cheeses.

Free tasting sessions last between 30 and 45 minutes. Participants must be 18 years or over. Spaces are allocated on a first come first served basis on the day.




Local Businesses


BodegaCosy Club

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M&COld Pheasant




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Live Music

Poppy WS - Live Music Take a seat and enjoy your food and drink at the Foodie Festival whilst listening to some live tunes by talented local musicians. The main band stand is on the High Street (near Clintons).

This year the music stage on Saturday has kindly been supported by The Brick Room (New Street) who will be giving you a taste of their live acoustic nights held every Wednesday. Bottles Wine Bar & Merchants will be supporting the music stage on Sunday bringing you the relaxed vibes that can be enjoyed every Sunday at their New Street venue.


Friday Music

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Sat Music

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Sun Music


Face Painting

For just the price of a smile, youngsters can have their faces painted by at the Foodie Festival.

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Friday 4th August – 9am – 5pm Crowngate (Friary Walk)
Saturday 5th August – 10am – 4pm High Street (near Joules)
Sunday 6th August – 11am – 4pm High Street (near Joules)




Giant Games

Challenge your family and friends to a game of Connect 4 or Draughts whilst out and about at the Foodie Festival. Giant games will be located in Bank Street throughout the event.



Demonstrators A live demonstration of wonder products that will change your lives…. Kenny and Ronnie, in their mobile demo booth, bring you an endless stream of gadgets from unbreakable crockery to the ‘Bison BO1’ vacuum (it beats as it sweeps as it maims). These demonstrations in High Street are both slick, unconvincing and hilarious. Remember none of these products are available in the shops (for legal reasons).










Kitsch Cafe

A feast of everything that was great about food in the 60s and 70s in a mobile café throughout High Street. Our resident food experts will demonstrate everything from “fun with spam” to “piping mashed potato for pleasure and profit“. Add genuine virtuoso stylophone playing and some plate juggling and you have yourself an irresistible cocktail stodge, funk and indigestion… the perfect family meal!!!



Kids cookery

Children of all ages have the opportunity to experiment and play, while learning how to combine basic ingredients to create delicious bakes at the dedicated kids’ cookery area in Bell Square/Chapel Walk at Crowngate Shopping Centre.

Food lab kids cook

Children must be accompanied by an adult. Free sessions last approx. 15 to 30 minutes each on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, depending on the number of participating kids (max. 20). Spaces for these free sessions are allocated on a first come first served basis on the day and cannot be pre-booked.

Kids entertainment

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Visit Crowngate Shopping Centre over the Worcester Foodie Festival weekend where there are lots of fun activities for the kids to get involved in. Kids can decorate fairy cakes with edible art and decorate plant pots and plant seeds to take away with to enjoy at home. Saturday and Sunday 11.00am – 4.00pm.

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Proudly Sponsored by

Toys and Games of Worcester

Come on kids! Colour in the picture for a chance to win great family prizes:
• Lego set worth £40 from Toys & Games of Worcester (Broad Street)
• VIP Family ticket courtesy of Vue Cinema (Friar Street) for a film at the time of the draw.




There are plenty of food and drink themed special offers, in-store competitions, sampling opportunities and fun activities for kids and grown-ups at local city centre businesses. Why not pop in whilst you shop, eat and play and explore what Worcester has to offer you.

Gin Tasting Saffrons IMG_2445  Worcester Foodie 2015 Mac & Jacs Stall








BALCONY CAFÉ – Foregate Street
10% off when showing this programme.

BODEGA CANTINA – Foregate Street
Cocktail masterclass on Saturday at the masterclass stage see page 6 for details.

20% off when dining for all of August by simply producing the voucher on page 19.

COFFEE DOUGH – Chapel Walk, Crowngate
Monday – Friday 12.00 -16.00 £5.00 meal deal any regular hot drink with panini.

COFFEE WAREHOUSE – Foregate Street
10% off any food and drink when you show the programme.

Visit us outside Colston Bakeries for a hot pork roll.

COSY CLUB – Cathedral Square
Join Cosy Club from 3pm at the demonstration stages or their cocktail masterclass see page 9-11 for details. Free Teas for ‘OAPs’ – Anyone maturing nicely (over the age of 65) can join us for a lovely cuppa – on the house, yes completely free. Between 10am – 11am every Wednesday at Cosy Club, join us for tea, board games, some good chat and maybe even a slice of cake (please note numbers might be limited).

To support the Worcester Foodie Festival, we will be decorating our own (pre-made) fairy cakes. It’s edible art! We will also be decorating our own plant pots and planting seeds to takeaway with us to enjoy at home. We will also have plenty of entertainment throughout the Foodie Festival for the whole family to enjoy. Please see page 14 for details.

CREAMS – St Nicholas Street
Create your own dessert! The winner will get their dessert sold in-store for a limited period. Please submit your designs to Creams Worcester by popping in and handing it to their friendly team or email worcester@creamscafe.co.uk.

DEBENHAMS – High Street
Any purchase in the café gets the purchaser entered in to a draw for afternoon tea for 2. Visit the store to be one of the lucky 200 customers to receive a gift bag.

Free tea or coffee with any meal purchased on producing this programme.

HANGER CAFÉ – Reindeer Court
Visit us in Reindeer Court and try our delicious pulled pork tortilla and soft drink for £4.95.

Come and see our historical coffee making demonstrations and enjoy tastings.

IMPERIAL TAVERN – St Nicholas Street
Visit us and enjoy 10% off prices and our delicious cider ice cream. We will also be having a raffle with all proceeds going to charity. Prizes to be won are 2 Sunday lunches.

Enter our fantastic photo competition and submit your best photos capturing the best parts of the Worcester Foodie Festival! To submit entries please email us at worcester@lcegroup.co.uk or drop your printed photos in to our store on Pump Street. Closing date is Sunday 20th August 2017.

MILLER & CARTER – Cathedral Square
Come see us on the Main Stage at Cathedral Square at 4pm on Saturday, where we will be showing you the best cuts of steak and sauces.

#juniorbaker competition – the winning cake will be made by their expert bakers and sold in-store and online for a limited time! Visit our store for details.

POPPINS – Foregate Street
10% off any food and drink when you show the programme.

REVITAL LTD – The Shambles
Visit us for food and drink tasting in-store.

SHAKEAWAY – Pump Street
Look out for shakettes on the High Street passing out free tasters of our milkshakes and smoothies.

Our reenactors will be handing out leaflets on all the exciting upcoming events The Commandery has to offer.

20% off when dining for all of August by simply producing the voucher on page 19.

Visit our stall to take part in our social media competitions. For every check-in at The Slug and Lettuce you will be entered in to a draw for a chance to win a giant porn star martini.

THORNTONS – The Shambles
Visit our store for free sampling of selected product ranges.

WAYLANDS YARD – Foregate Street
Watch Worcester’s best baristas go head to head to crown the Latte Art Champion at the Masterclass stage at 10.30am on Saturday.

Join us on Saturday for Myrtles Kitchen Worcester Warrior chutney food samples. Kids can enjoy being involved in our colouring competition.

Offers, activities and competitions valid during the Foodie Festival weekend from Friday 4th to Sunday 6th August 2017 only, unless otherwise stated. Opening times may vary.



You certainly won’t go hungry at the Worcester Foodie Festival! Browse more than 60 stalls by local businesses and selected food and drinks providers. Enjoy a bite to eat at the event and save yourself the washing up or appreciate a refreshing cocktail, cider or ale whilst listening to live music! Why not stop by and find some tasty treats for you to enjoy at home, including cheeses, pies, meats and sweets.

The Foodie Festival market in High Street will be open from 10am to 5.30pm on Friday and Saturday and from 11am to 4pm on Sunday.


Beez Neez Honey Cardinal's Hat & Croome Cuisine

All Bar One – Enjoy a glass of Prosecco or indulge in an Aperol Spritz cocktail.

Aperitivo Events – Frizzante 1754, a semi sparkling wine, a special Foodie Festival cocktail and Peroni.

Barbourne Cider and Perry & The Paul Pry – Visit this year’s festival bar at Cathedral Square and enjoy a wide range of real ales, ciders and perries. There will also be a selection of wines, Pimms, cloudy apple juice and other soft drinks.

Beez Neez Honey – Homemade honey and beeswax candles, honey, pollen and honey scoops. Demonstrating the life of the honeybees and honey produce.

Bodega Cantina – Delicious churros served with a caramel sauce.

Boston Tea Party – Try coffees, fruit smoothies and something foodie all for free!

Brockleby Pies – Multi awardwinning savoury, fruit, game and Melton Mowbray pork pies.

Canapes & Catering by Gill – Delicious range of savoury and sweet tarts.

Carluccio’s Worcester – Carluccio’s deli product selection including products made in house.

Caterico – Mexican hot food: chicken fajita wraps, beef enchiladas, vegetarian noodles

Caty’s Caribbean Cuisine – Jerk chicken with rice and peas and salad. Curried mutton with rice, peas and salad. Curried patties.

Checketts Fine Foods – BBQ burgers, sausages and bacon rolls. Deli counter with fresh and cooked meat, fish, pies, cheese, pates and pickles.

Chock Shop – 15 different varieties of chocolate brownies.

Churchfields Farmhouse Ice Cream – Luxury award-winning ice cream.

Churtopia – Original Spanish churros with homemade sauces. Dulce de Leche filled churros. Chocolate covered loops churros.

Continental Cottage – Authentic German salami kept at ambient temperature to enjoy at home.

Cossack Cuisine – An array of award-winning Russian specialities, incl. filled pasties and potato cakes, brioche breads, salads and desserts for home consumption.

Croome Cuisine – Innovatively flavoured and award-winning cheeses by using locally sourced ingredients and mingling them together with mature cheddar.

Crowngate Shopping Centre – Visit the Crowngate Kitchen stall by the entrance to Chapel Walk on the High Street.

Curds and Whey – Artisan cheesemongers offering a wide and varying range of unpasteurised British and
Continental cheeses.

Cusan Welsh Cream Liqueur – Homemade Welsh cream liqueurs based on a range of fine spirits: whiskey, Malibu rum, Tia Maria, strawberry liqueur, brandy. Tasters available at the stall.

Dick’s Smokehouse – American style smoked barbecue food: beef brisket, pulled pork, baby back ribs.

Emily’s Jams & Pickles – Homemade jam, marmalade, chutney, mustards, olive oils, dressings and flavoured balsamic and sea salt.

Flint and Flame – Premium quality kitchen knives, blocks, chopping boards and sharpeners.

Flying Tiger UK – Selection of sweets, crisps, bread sticks and soft drinks.

Franks Sauces – Scotch Bonnet jelly in 3 flavours, chilli tomato sauce, jerk sauce, hot pepper. All products available in gift boxes.

Fuffle from Fudgeheaven – Fuffle – is it Fudge or is it Truffle? You decide… Bars, slabs and gift boxes.

Grandadfats Gluten Free – A range of gluten free pies, pasties and cakes

Grill and Flames – Paella and Turkish Grill.

Halfpenny Green Vineyards – Our own award-winning English wines

Hay Wines – Liqueurs and gins: raspberry, damson, rhubarb, chocolate – salted chocolate, mint chocolate, Tiramisu, coconut. Wines: Ginger, amaretto, limoncello, chocolate wine.

House of Coffee – Tea, juices,cakes, cupcakes, street food made with local Worcester produce, handmade coffee.

Kitchen Garden Plant Centre – Home grown potted herbs and edible plants for the windowsill or garden.

Knightsgrove Meats – Homemade sausages and burgers and other sausage products for home consumption.

Marks & Spencer – In-store bakery treats from cookies, shortbread, granolas, doughnuts and freshly baked breads

Med Foods – Dried fruit, nuts, olives, Turkish Delight and baklavas.

MKS Food Distribution – Olives, nuts, baklavas and Turkish Delights.

Mr Chill’s Traditional Sweet Emporium – Traditional sweets.

Nando’s – Famous Nando sauces and brownies.

Natural Ice – Granita (slush) drinks made from fruit puree (no artificial syrups, colours, flavours or preservatives).

No Comply Brands – Two Birds gin and vodka, original tonic and sweet potatoes spirits.

Pizza Express – Demonstrations for pizza base rolling and dough tossing.

Rayeesa’s Indian Kitchen – Frozen curry sauces for home cooking. Sampling at the stall.

Riverford Organic Farmers – Award-winning organic veg boxes.

Roly Poly – Hot pork rolls and gourmet burgers.

SA Sauces – Unique flavour luxury pour over sauces for meats, fish and pasta – also useable as a rub, marinade or for stir fries.

Sarah’s Feisty Flavours – Homemade preserves from Bromsgrove using predominantly local grown ingredients: jams, jellies and chutneys.

Selly Punjabis – Frozen curries and cold Indian snacks for home consumption

Shropshire Spice Company – Range of spices. Simply Seasonal – Jams, chutneys, pickles, vinegars made with locally sourced produce.

St Richard’s Hospice – Sandwiches, cakes, soft drinks, crisps and traybakes.

The Cheese Board – Vac packed cheese and blended flavours.

The Isle of Wight Garlic Farm – Garlic based products such as sauces, dressings, chutneys, jams, salts and oils. Varieties of mesh garlic, smoked and black garlic. Snacking products and antipasti. Garlic butters.

The Kings Head – Mediterranean hot food and salad. Mezze and vegetarian options.

The Old Chapel Fudge Company – Scottish butter tablet in a range of traditional and less traditional flavours. Gluten free and salt free. No artificial colours or flavours, no preservatives.

The Slug and Lettuce – Cocktail demonstrations throughout the day (on request) and delicious burgers.

The Taste of Thailand – Thai green curry, Thai red curry, chicken stir fry, chicken pad-kra-pow, noodle chicken and vegetable spring roll, crispy chicken, crispy prawn, chicken satay.

Tunnel Brewery Limited – Bottled beer, bespoke ceramic goblets.

Varsity Coffee – A selection of flavoured and standard roast coffee beans that are ground on site. Flavours: amaretto, Irish cream, hazelnut, vanilla, chocolate rum, coconut. Selection of loose leaf teas.

Wildwood Restaurant – Pizza, selection of deli menu including sweets, chocolate, candy floss, pasta as well as coffee, tea, hot chocolate

Worcester Vegans and Veggies – Vegan food samples, recipes and leaflets on nutrition and health.

Stalls/businesses in purple are local BID businesses.


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Getting Here

There is no need to rush your visit at the Worcester Foodie Festival. With plenty of special parking offers you can enjoy your day out at the event, stay for a coffee when catching up with friends or if you have spotted that special something in one of Worcester’s quality shops.

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Crowngate’s pay on exit car park is open 24/7. Park for just £2.20 for 2 hours & £3.20 for 3 hours. Park for a flat rate of £1 between 5pm & 9am or all day on Sundays and Bank Holidays. www.crowngate-worcester.co.uk


Park at Worcestershire County Cricket Club in front of Premier Inn for £2.50 for 3 hours, £3.50 for 12 hours or £5.50 for 24 hours.

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NCP Cathedral Plaza car park offers all day parking for just £3.80 if you arrive between 6.30am and 9.30am for a stay up to 12 hours. www.ncp.co.uk

All day parking at Worcester City Council car parks starts from as little as £3.50 at Croft Road, Tybridge Street, Pitchcroft and Tallow Hill. Parking is free after 9pm and only £1 at selected car parks between 7pm & 9pm. www.worcester.gov.uk/parking

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Pay to park by mobile phone at Worcester City Council car parks with RingGo.
• Cashless & ticketless
• Get parking text reminders
• Extend your stay wherever you are
• Avoid cutting short your visit
All you need is a mobile phone and a debit or credit card! Call: 01905 880055, visit: myringGo.co.uk or download the app


Public Transport

Why not travel to the Worcester Foodie Festival by bus or train this year? Relax and enjoy what the city has to offer with a fantastic array of food and drink stalls or when stay out for a meal and a few drinks at Worcester’s quality bars, pubs and restaurants after the event. Crowngate Bus Station and other local bus stops are right in the heart of the city centre with drop off points in close vicinity to the event area. firstgroup.com/worcestershire Worcester Foregate Street and Shrub Hill Railway Stations are within easy walking distance to the event area. nationalrail.co.uk




Terms & Conditions applicable to all competitions and prize draws:

Only one entry per person per household. Each entry must have a unique email address. Employees (and their immediate families) of Worcester BID, prize sponsors and other participating businesses in the above competitions are not eligible to enter the Worcester Foodie Festival competitions and prize draws. Age restrictions on social media competitions are down to the policies of that channel e.g. Facebook you must be 14 years of age or over. Winners will be selected at random and informed within 4 weeks of the closing date.

Prize details are featured on the individual competition page. As prizes are seasonal and contributed by local Worcester BID businesses, these may be subject to change; in this instance they will be subject to substitution by an equivalent product. Individual terms and conditions apply. No cash alternative will be offered. Only entrants 18 years or over are eligible for alcohol related prizes, substitute products may be available for under 18 year olds.

In entering the Worcester Foodie Festival competitions you agree to receive updates from the Worcester Business Improvement District (BID), unless opted out.

The Worcester BID will not pass details onto third parties apart from the businesses sponsoring prizes for the event, unless opted out.

Get involved

BID businesses and stallholders can find out further details about how to get involved in the Worcester Foodie Festival activities here. Please note the application deadline for stalls is Friday 24th June. Stalls are subject to availability.

To register your interest, please email info@worcesterbid.com with your name, your business’ name, full postal address, contact phone number, an overview of products you would like to sell and activities you would like to get involved in. You can also speak with Nadja and Sam on 01905 731612 to discuss your ideas.

To view previous events, take a look at the 2015 Worcester Foodie Festival Programme (click here to download) or click here for the 2014 Worcester Foodie Festival.[/ezcol_3quarter_end]


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