Woking Food and Drink Festival

THOUSANDS of visitors enjoyed three days of free culinary capers and one red-hot chilli showdown as part of Woking Food and Drink Festival 2019.

Foodies from across the region turned out in vast numbers to enjoy a large helping of celebrity and local chef demos, expert talks, pop-up dining experiences and a fantastic assortment of food and drink stalls, all served with a side of street entertainment and live music.

The French Cainté duo preparing food

Located in Jubilee Square, the professional demo theatre hosted a smorgasbord of top culinary experts, including Sabrina Ghayour, TV presenter and author; Martha Collison, Great British Bake Off quarter finalist and food writer; Laurence Henry, MasterChef: The Professionals 2018 winner; and Chris Bavin, co-presenter of BBC’s Eat Well for Less.

A welcoming Wannat from the Happy Hungry Buddha offers a sample

As well as the alluring pull of the Michelin star heavyweights and celebrity chefs, the Hot Pods chilli eating competition drew the crowds, with three finalists making it through to the tenth and final round, eating the world’s hottest chilli (the Carolina Reaper), before a tie breaker of six random chillies.

Cllr Colin Kemp, Woking Borough Council’s portfolio holder for leisure and culture, said: “It was fantastic to see Woking town centre buzzing with visitors of all ages enjoying the chef demos, free activities and talks, street entertainment and live music, as well as the selection of cuisine available from across the world.

For the full story and special picture feature, get the 5 September edition of the News & Mail

VISITORS to the Woking Food and Drink Festival can enhance their experience by downloading a free app.

The app is available from the App Store or Google Play for the event, which runs from tomorrow, (Friday) until Sunday. It will be the festival’s seventh consecutive year.

Jubilee Square teems with foodie festival-goers at last year’s Food Festival

New for this year, the app can be used to see what talks and demonstrations are about to start, to beat the crowds with a festival map, filter and select stallholder information, and have fun using the device to hunt down the town’s hidden treasures.

The app has been developed by Aligned Assets, a Sheerwater-based business and leading provider of address management and augmented reality (AR) solutions.

Co-owner and managing director of Aligned Assets, Andy Hird, said: “Apps drive deeper engagement with events because they help users to find the content that interests them more easily, enabling them to see and do more while they’re there.

“It also shows a map of the festival, for easy navigation. Fans of Pokemon Go and other location-based games will love the AR treasure hunt we’ve created to inject a bit of fun while encouraging people to visit all corners of the festival.”

For more information about the festival, please visit www.wokingfoodfest.co.uk

For the full story and two page preview of the festival get today’s (29 August) edition of the News & Mail