The heady aromas of TV and Michelin-starred chefs preparing their favourite dishes on the Palace Green at Hampton Court will be tempting the capital's foodies south of the river this bank holiday weekend.
Sample the culinary delights of some of London’s top restaurants, enhance your food knowledge at hourly masterclasses and watch and learn as the professionals cook their signature dishes live from the chef's theatre, passing on expert hints and tips so that you can cook their recipes at home.
Michelin-starred chef and Saturday Morning Kitchen regular, Martin Blunos, will take to the stage on Saturday, followed by the charismatic TV chef and Reggae Reggae sauce entrepreneur Levi Roots, who promises to share some great tips and "fabulocious recipes" during his hour-long live show.
The masterminds behind the menus at some of London's top restaurants will also be on hand to pass on a culinary tip or two, including Gary Lee of The Ivy, Robin Read of The Soho Hotel, Mickael Weiss of Coq D'Argent and Dave McCarthy of seafood specialist, Scott's in Mayfair.
Actress and passionate home cook Fay Ripley will rustle up some quick mid-week supper recipes - perfect for busy Londoners - and TV presenter-turned-lifestyle-guru Emma Forbes takes to the stage on Sunday to demonstrate some of her no nonsense party recipes. Click here for the full Chef's Theatre weekend timetable.
Fun for all the family
Parents can sit back and relax on deckchairs at the Foodies Festival's specially-created ‘city beach’ while the kids perfect their sandcastles, or learn how to rustle up their own signature dishes at the cooking-for-kids classes. The beach barbecue demonstrations will teach even the most novice alfresco cooks how to impress your guests in the garden this summer with perfect bangers, moist kebabs and tasty burgers.
And what could be more tempting for kids than getting kitted out in 'protective clothing' before launching custard pies and gooey cakes at each other in the festival’s organised food fights.
A stroll along Street Food Avenue will take you on an exotic, mouthwatering tour of cuisines from around the world, from Paris to Phuket. More than 100 farmers and producers will be setting up stalls within the Producers Market, offering samples of artisan treats and quality, fresh ingredients to add to your shopping basket.
A pop-up cinema, aptly called The Food of Love Cinema, will show the best food films of all time and serve tapas-style taster dishes and drinks that are shown on screen – so you can sample what the stars are tucking into.
To wash it all down, fill your glass at The Wine Village and sip summer cocktails made by professional mixologists – and learn how to make your favourites.
Foodies Festival: opening hours and ticket prices
Saturday May 5 (10am-7pm), Sunday May 6 (10am-7pm) and Monday May 7 (10am-6pm).
Tickets: £15 (concessions £13). Under 16s free with accompanying adults. Please note this event does not take place within the palace grounds and tickets do not include palace admission.
Two-for-one ticket offer
Homes & Property and London Evening Standard readers can get two tickets for the price of one. Call 0844 995 1111 or visit www.foodiesfestival.com and enter the code ES241 before 4 May. Alternatively, click here and print the page to take it with you for two-for-one tickets on the door. For full terms and conditions, visit standard.co.uk.