Foodies Festival is coming to Glasgow this summer - here’s everything you need to know
The Edinburgh-based food festival is coming to Glasgow this summer.
What’s happening? Foodies Festival is back for 2022, and as well as being hosted in its home city of Edinburgh, it’ll also be heading west for the first time.
When: 12-14 August 2022, from 11am - 9pm.
Where: Rouken Glen Park.
Ticket prices: Early bird tickets are now available, priced at £19 for an adult. There’s also family tickets for £37 and VIP tickets from £38 per person. Find out more and buy tickets here.
What to expect: The team behind the festival said that this is their ‘biggest celebration yet of top chefs, tasty food, delicious drinks and live music.’
There will be cooking demonstrations from MasterChef champions and local chefs - including Gary Maclean, Laura Michael and Liam Rogers - in the chef’s theatre. Great British Bake Off stars will share their baking secrets in the cake and bake theatre.
Celebrities cooking their signature dishes live in the Chefs’ Theatre include: Scotland’s National Chef Gary Maclean, champion of MasterChef: The Professionals and chef-patron of Creel Caught in Edinburgh, and MasterChef: The Professionals 2021 finalist, chef Liam Rogers, from two Michelin starred restaurant, Andrew Fairlie at Gleneagles.
MasterChef 2022 semi-finalist, Sarah Rankin, from Kinross, MasterChef 2021 finalist Laura Michael, from Lanarkshire, and Great British Menu star, Calum Montgomery, chef-patron of 3 AA Rosette awarded Edinbane Lodge in Skye, will also be showing off their culinary skills.
Gary McLean said: “Being part of Foodies this year is going to be so much fun, getting out and getting face to face with the public again is going to be very special, I am also excited to see and meet and learn from the incredible line up of chefs who have kept us going throughout lockdowns. Getting in front of a Glasgow audience is always a highlight. Can’t wait.”
A legion of chefs from Michelin starred and award-winning restaurants will give the festival a distinctive local flavour, including, Graeme Cheevers, chef-patron from Unalome, Glasgow, which received a Michelin star in the 2022 awards, Dean Banks and Dan Ashmore from 3 AA Rosette-awarded The Pompadour in Edinburgh and Haar in St Andrews. Peter McKenna, chef-patron from Plate Michelin awarded The Gannet in Glasgow and Michelin trained head chef Ronan Shaftoe from Glasgow’s Bar Brett.
Dean Banks, said: “I am so excited to get back out and do some amazing demonstrations this year and celebrate Scotland’s beautiful produce. I have always wanted to be part of the amazing Foodies Festival and I’m looking forward to preparing my signature dish on stage, in-front of the live audience.”
In the Cake & Bake Theatre, an impressive line-up of expert star bakers will create delicious show-stopping masterpieces and share their best tips and tricks.
Author and entrepreneur, Dominique Woolf, winner of Jamie Oliver’s Channel 4 show, The Great Cookbook Challenge, joins the star line-up to showase recipes which wowed the judges and secured a publishing contract with Penguin.
Plus visitors can sample wines, champagnes and cocktails in the drinks theatre. There will also bee street food vendors and food challenges along with a kids cookery theatre.
Live music line-up
The music line-up includes: Noughties platinum-selling Brit Pop sensations Toploader, and up-coming Glasgow based funk and soul powerhouse band, Tom McGuire & the Brassholes.
Toploader said: “We are properly excited to be performing at Foodies Festival in Glasgow. What more could a band want than a stage to perform on, awesome food and free flowing drinks in the sunshine. Bring it on and see you there.”
To kick the weekend off in style, the festival hosts a ‘Big Party Night’ – taking a nostalgia-filled trip back to the 90s, featuring bands and artists performing some of the biggest tracks of the era, including a live performance from N-Trance, one of the biggest selling dance acts of the decade.
N-Trance, said: “Incredible food and festival vibes, we can’t wait. It’s brilliant to be performing in Glasgow with the UK’s biggest touring food and drink festival. Bring your dancing shoes and let’s make it a big summer weekend to remember.”
The festival (dubbed “Gastro-Glastonbury”) has announced a busy programme of events, in the quest to deliver an unforgettable weekend of fine food, new experiences and exceptional quality, promising a great family day out.
What else to expect
Atendees can browse the latest world food trends in the Shopping Village and try exotic and unusual new dishes on Street Food Avenue. The range includes tantalising delicacies from all four corners of the globe.
Ready Steady Chef! Celebrity chefs from TV’s biggest cooking shows will once again compete against each other, turning up the heat in the Chefs’ Theatre. Presented with a bag of surprising ingredients chosen by their competitors, it will be an exciting and often hilarious race against the clock to create the best dish, and to win the public vote.
Meet the authors and discover new recipes in the Cook Book Shop – with celebrity signings and top chefs’ showcasing their latest cookbooks.
Join masterclasses in the Drinks Theatre, including Cocktail Making, and Champagne, Beer, Cider and Wine tasting. Taste and compare some of the best products on the market.
To keep the children entertained, the Kids Cookery School hosted by Foodies super chefs will take on a ’Ninjas Love Noodles’ theme, encouraging kids to make simple food which they can take away and enjoy. And for those little thrill seekers, a funfair, sand art, craft tents, face painting and family friendly areas.
Supporting rising talent – the Musicians Against Homelessness stage will feature over 40 superb artists across the weekend, with the best of local bands and an introduction to exciting new acts from across the UK.
At the three-day festivals, visitors can enjoy the Chefs’ Theatre, Cake & Bake Theatre, Drinks Theatre, Shopping Village with award winning artisan producers, Street Food Avenue, Feasting Tent, Cook Book Shop, Kids’ Cookery School, fairground, live music stage and family-friendly areas with activities for children.
Over 150 exhibitors will showcase their produce, providing festival-goers with a fantastic opportunity to sample the best of Scotland.