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This Easters' Chester Food and Drink festival promises to be crammed with delicious delights, family fun and tempting tipple.  

The Chester Food and Drink Festival returns for another year,  the largest food and drink festival in the UK with over 150 exhibitors and 30,000 people expected over the 3 days.

Headline chefs from the BBC, ITV and Channel 4 are amongst the line up, alongside Paul Rankin, Chris Bavin and Jun Tanaka as well as the best chefs from around the region to perform culinary demonstrations on the stage.

There is the chance for 40 lucky festival-goers to become a judge in the annual “Sausage of the Festival” competition and many places around the festival to sit and enjoy everything that is on offer.

Harlech Foods will provide free adult cooking classes, on how to prepare meals, special knife skills, tricks of the trade and of course the opportunity to eat what you have prepared.

Sam Elliott, Head Demonstrator at Harlech said “ This is a fabulous opportunity for us to show people how much fun cooking can be and how easy it is to prepare fresh, good, healthy food. We know people love to cook once they get the confidence and our classes are all about building that confidence.”

Festival Organiser, Briony Wilson said "In our 18 th year we just want our customers to have the best food and drink and the opportunity to get involved in every aspect of the industry and with the Harlech Food Classes they get the chance to learn from the experts.”

Celebrity chef Brian Mellor, owner of Harthill Cookery School will be teaching guests how to improve their BBQ skills in time for the summer.  Brian will have 8 Weber BBQs set up with regular sessions each day showing how to avoid the normal burnt offering.

“This is the chance to understand just how much fun cooking outside can be and what it takes to produce great tasting food. I have had so many people say after our sessions they simply didn’t understand what they were doing on the BBQ and now they do. I really enjoy doing this because it produces such great tasting food and of course the customers love it because they get to eat what they have cooked. It’s a real winner with Weber."

Back again for 2018 is a children's cookery class with Academy of Culinary Arts Supremo, James Holden.

“ We have been doing these classes each year for the last 10 years and they just get more and more popular. Every year we have more than 900 children who come and spend time with us cutting, sorting, tasting and enjoying understanding food. We get such a buzz seeing the joy of children cooking and many try things they have never dared before, simply because they have prepared it. It is what events like these are all about."

Festival organiser, Briony Wilson says “We think this year’s event delivers on every level. We have over 150 exhibitors with foods from every part of the globe, we have the best chefs on our stages and we have more customer participation events than ever before. We have a great live music stage where families can chill and lots and lots of seating areas for people to simply enjoy great food and drink. In my opinion this is the best £20 for four hours of fun for a family of four that money can buy and it’s the biggest event of its type being staged anywhere in the UK this Easter."

The festival takes place at Chester Racecourse from the 31 st March to 2nd April. Tickets can be purchased online for just £6 for adults with children under 12 free.