This weekend, I was very proud to compere the live cooking stage at the Feast Festival of Food & Drink in Mote Park, Maidstone. On Saturday 23rd I was joined by Great British Bake Off finalist 2013 Kimberley Wilson and on the Sunday 24th I was joined by Masterchef 2013 winner Natalie Coleman.
Both ladies were absolutely brilliant. Kimberley baked a Lebanese-style Carrot Polenta cake which tasted amazing! The recipe for that bake can be found here. Natalie made two dishes, mussels with bacon, leek and cider and also a blueberry clafoutis. Both recipes can be found in Natalie’s upcoming book, details can be found here.
I also had another Natalie joining me on stage, from Easy Nuh. Natalie showed us how to make a caribbean classic of ackee and saltfish with sweet dumplings. Details of this recipe can be found in Natalie’s recipe book and you can find out more about it here.
As well as the chefs stage, there were pop up restaurants, street food vendors and stalls to satisfy a sweet tooth. There were also a few bars serving local beer and ale, champagne cocktails and alcoholic smoothies.
It was a fabulous foodie festival in my home town of Maidstone that I am very pleased to say I was part of. Here are a few of my favourite pictures from the weekend.