Olympic link for the food festival

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ARMCHAIR sports fans can tear themselves away from their TVs this summer and watch the Olympics live at South Holland Food Festival.

The two-day festival is being staged at Ayscoughfee Gardens, Spalding, on August 11 and 12.

Celebrated chefs, live entertainment, quality food and drink to try and children’s competitions are just some of the free attractions lined up.

Two cookery theatres will take centre stage with demonstrators including Rachel Green, Spalding’s Sage Restaurant chef Carl Smith and Thierry Daugeron, of Stamford Cookery School.

With the Olympics in mind, health and fitness will feature during the festival which will showcase South Holland’s Kitchen Garden Project and include live coverage of the London Games.

Entertainment will include visits from Kirton Brass Band, The Meena Lee Quintet and pianists Abi Clayton and Brian Stout.

Children can look forward to special entertainments including a Punch and Judy Show.

The food festival is organised by Boston College and sponsored by Bakkavor, Spalding, and South Holland District Council.

Steve Cottrell, Boston College curriculum leader for hospitality and catering, said: “This year’s South Holland Food Festival is the perfect opportunity for Boston College and our Sage Restaurant and catering students to showcase the outstanding quality of food that is served.

“The festival gives learners the chance to gain confidence in front of a large audience while promoting a wealth of fresh, local and seasonal produce – and all under the watchful eye of Lincolnshire’s celebrity chef, Rachel Green.”

This year WI groups from Spalding will take part for the first time. As they are some of the nation’s best cooks, WI members will be taking along some of their most mouth-watering cakes for visitors to taste – as well as selling the recipes.

There will be lots of food to try and buy, from sausages to sushi and chillies to chocolates.

Visitors can taste a range of beers, ciders and liqueurs. There will also be a licensed bar.

For more information visit www.food-festival.net