GET your tastebuds ready, as a new artisan food festival is coming to town.
The weekend of June 14-15 will see Oaklands Park turn into a foodie’s haven, with a host of local food producers showcasing their wares.
What’s more, there will be cookery classes, displays, entertainment, a bar, a vintage village, and much more to keep everyone entertained.
The weekend is being put on by the organisers of The Big Bite in Bognor Regis, and its new Chichester event looks to be just as successful.
There will be more than 60 artisan food and drinks stalls, which will be cooking up artisan delicacies for visitors to sample and buy.
From funky street food, freshly-baked bread, cheeses and vegetarian home-cooked food to the freshest catch of the day – there’s so much to taste so make sure you come hungry.
Professional chef Jethro Carr from The Kitchen Academy will be holding five cookery classes a day for parents and children, but make sure you book in advance, as tickets are selling out fast.
And the festival bar will be there for parents’ needs, with locally-brewed ales, local sparkling wines and Pimm’s.
The festival, which is free entry, will be open daily from 10am- 6pm, bringing together the best locally-produced food and drink.
IT’S not just food on offer at taste! there will also be a wide range of entertainment throughout the weekend.
Step back in time at the vintage village and have your hair and make-up done by Creations.
There will be a range of vintage cookery books signed by Rosemary Moon, a vintage florists, vintage furniture and homewares, quirky jewellery and retro cooking equipment to buy.
The main stage is the place to sit back and enjoy tunes from local musicians, including Voodoo Love Orchestra, Dawn’s Vintage Do Band, Steve Boon, Lewis Bennett, Chichester Music Academy, Nathalie Gunn Duo, Renegade Dogs, Curtis Skinner, Mike Fry, Adelita Trio.
There is also a raffle in aid of local homeless charity Stonepillow, with more than 100 prizes from businesses across the district.
For the children, there will be face-painting and a huge bouncy castle assault course.
The Bake-off competition is also a chance for children to have a go at making a culinary creation and be in with a chance of winning prizes by Montezuma’s and the Goodwood Estate.
The competition, sponsored by Henry Adams in association with Ham Lane Kitchen, will invite budding bakers of all ages to bring along their tasty creations to the festival.
These can be sweet or savoury and should contain at least one local ingredient.
Enter them at the Children’s Bake-Off tent where they will be judged by an expert panel.
There will also be a shuttle bus run by Stagecoach to and from the festival, from Chichester bus station and Market Avenue directly to the festival
for just £2.
Entry forms and further information is available at www.tastefestival.net