A couple of years ago Tom, Steph and I toddled down to The Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane for the Foodies Christmas Festival and this year we’re heading back to check it out again (and stock up on all of the cheese!!!)
This festive season the Chefs Theatre boasts a stellar line up, including MasterChef 2016 Winner Jane Devonshire, who’ll be cooking up her favourite family Christmas recipes for the first time. Joining her on stage are fellow MasterChef 2016 finalists Jack, Billy and Juanita with a whole host of seasonal treats and eats to help you on your way to the tastiest festive season yet. Which obviously makes me really happy as a huge Masterchef fan.
Also, I’m super excited about hitting the Cake & Bake Theatre to see one of my favourites, Burlesque Baker Charlotte White. She’s going to create a modern showstopper of a Contemporary Christmas Cake in just 30 minutes (with not a plastic Santa in sight!), while master chocolatier Fiona Sciolti showcases a new selection of chocolate desserts and treats, as well as introducing her newest seasonal delights including Churros with delicious festive toppings.
In the Drinks Theatre, Champagne expert Neil Philips and wine experts Charles Metcalfe and Brian Elliot introduce their favourite tipples for Christmas, while Melissa Cole gives guided craft beer tastings. There’s also gin, whisky and Christmas Cocktail masterclasses on offer, so there’s a workshop to suit every taste!
To get into the festive spirit, visitors can also attend one of the brand new series of 12 Christmas Top Tip practical masterclasses which cover a range of activities, from learning the perfect way to curate a festive cheeseboard, to whipping up a Christmas spiced ice cream, and mastering the best techniques for curing salmon.
An Artisan Christmas Market introduces top producers selling a whole host of locally made delights, including cheeses, chutneys, oils, Christmas hampers and gifts, while the Pudding Hall offers up artisan macaroons, cupcakes and sweet seasonal treats.
To keep you satisfied while you explore, there will be a range of international and award-winning Street Food stalls showcasing tasty snacks including calamari, steamed pork buns, macaroni cheese and Creole delights.
For younger foodies, the Elves Cookery School offers tutorials in Gingerbread man baking and Christmas Cookie decorating to keep everyone entertained. I wonder if I’ll be able to take part in these too – on Cece’s behalf, obviously! They sound like lots of fun.
The party spirit will be kept up all day long with vintage-style singers and Christmas Carollers providing entertainment on the Live Music Stage. Plus, to add to the fun, daring visitors can take part in daily events like the Chilli Eating Competition and test their sweet tooth with the Mince Pie Eating Contest, as well as team up to compete in the Christmas Quiz and Charades Relays.
I had a brilliant time at this when I last visited and can’t wait to drop in again. You can get tickets here.