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Shrewsbury Food Festival Fringe Chefs Lineup

Pans at the ready! James Sherwin, Julia Wenlock, Chris Conde and Dr Lal Haider will be performing at the Food Festival Fringe in the Market Hall, Shrewsbury, this weekend.

Pans at the ready! James Sherwin, Julia Wenlock, Chris Conde and Dr Lal Haider will be performing at the Food Festival Fringe in the Market Hall, Shrewsbury, this weekend.

Some of the best-known chefs in Shropshire will be cooking live at the under cover Market Hall building in Shrewsbury town centre, this weekend as it hosts Fringe events in support of the Shrewsbury Food Festival. A rolling programme of demonstrations will run from 11am to 5pm on Saturday June 28 and Sunday June 29.

The Fringe event is in addition to celebrity chef cooking demonstrations, and artisan food attractions taking place at the main festival site in The Quarry Park throughout the weekend. Chefs taking to the Urban Bikes Stage, in the middle of the indoor market hall, include Chris Conde, executive chef at Henry Tudor House and a former Masterchef The Professionals quarter-finalist; Shropshire Council’s 2013 Curry Chef of the Year Dr Lal Haider, of The Old Hall Persian Restaurant, Dorrington; Michel Nijsten, head chef at the award-winning Albright Hussey Manor Hotel; and Paul Maders, head chef at The Inn at Grinshill. (See below for times and full programme listing).

Kicking off the show at 11am on Saturday will be James Sherwin, as recently seen on The Taste UK TV show, who has been dazzling diners with his pop-up restaurants across the Midlands. He will be followed at noon by an injection of culinary fun and theatrics by Vic Rowling, head chef at The Lord Hill Hotel, who will be performing a foodie version of ‘The Generation Game’.

Also taking part will be Mark Jones, head chef at The Corbet Arms, at Uffington, and the market’s own talent – multi national award-winning artisan chocolatier Julia Wenlock, of Toot Sweets; fishmonger-chef Ian Cornall, of Barkworths Seafoods and the popular Saint Pierre Seafood Bar; and master poultry butcher Jon Sykes, of Corbetts, suppliers of quality poultry and meat to over 40 top Shropshire restaurants.
Mat Hocking, of the market’s authentic French crêperie, Les Crêpes De Sophie, which also specialises in rare craft beers and ciders, will give a talk and taste on Shropshire ales at 4pm on Sunday.

Other foodie attractions in the market hall will include children’s art workshops, taster trails, afternoon tea and a Mulch-a-do-about-Art exhibition at the Visual Art Network Gallery.
Between 12 and 2pm (in the undercroft bertween Claremont Street and Shoplatch) artists from the Shropshire Visual Art Network will lead children’s food-themed mask-making workshops and there will be ‘seed planting’ with Incredible Edible.

The market’s artisan and specialist food stalls will be hosting taster events including special taster platters at Barkworths Seafoods, tapas tasters at the Spanish eatery Café AleOli, local artisan cheeses at Cook & Carve, Indian bites and spices at Snapdragon Wholefoods, gluten-free tasters at Gluten Free Living and sausages, meat pies and other delights from our host of traditional family butchers.
Early birds can bag a ringside postion for the 10am opening of the main food festival gates in The Quarry with an extended festival breakfast menu of artisan Shropshire foods served at the market’s Bird’s Nest Café and Café AleOli from 8am to 11.30am. The popular Market Buffet will be serving its legendary all-day breakfast from 8am.

Between 2.30 and 5pm The Market Buffet will serve its once-a-year spectacular festival afternoon tea of dainty finger sandwiches, velvety chocolate mousse, home-baked scones, strawberry shortcake and chocolate eclairs at just £7.50 per person.
Line up From the Urban Bikes Stage – in the Market Hall Saturday June 28th 2014
10.50am: Event launch by Chris Pritchard, editor of Shropshire Live
11am: James Sherwin – as seen on The Taste UK, compered by Chris Pritchard, Shropshire Live
Noon: Vic Rowling – Head Chef, The Lord Hill, presents ‘The Lord Hill Generation Game’, compered by Jon Simcock, editor of Shrewsbury Today magazine.
1pm: Dr Lal Haider – The Old Hall Persian Restaurant, Shropshire Council Curry Chef of the Year 2013, compered by James Day, of Gourmet Life dining club and Editor of Eat The Midlands
2pm: Julia Wenlock – national award-winning chocolatier, Toot Sweets, compered by Chris Pritchard, Shropshire Live
3pm: Mark Jones – Head Chef, The Corbet Arms, compered by Sarah Hart, of Sarah Hart Media
4pm: James Sherwin – James-in-a-Space, as seen on The Taste UK, compered by James Day, Gourmet Life dining club and Eat The Midlands

Sunday June 29th 2014
11am: Michel Nijsten – Head Chef, Albright Hussey Manor Hotel, with Jon Sykes – master poultry butcher, Corbetts, compered by Sarah Hart Media
Noon: Ian Cornall – fishmonger-chef, Barkworths Seafoods and Saint Pierre Seafood Bar – seafood spectacular, compered by Carl Jones, of BBC Radio Shropshire and Shropshire Business Today magazine  1pm: Chris Conde – Executive Chef, Henry Tudor House (as seen on Masterchef the Professionals) compered by Carl Jones, of BBC Radio Shropshire and Shropshire Business Today magazine   2pm: Julia Wenlock – national award-winning chocolatier, Toot Sweets, compered by Chris Pritchard, Shropshire Live
3pm: Paul Maders – Head Chef, The Inn at Grinshill, compered by Chris Pritchard, Shropshire Live   4pm: Mat Hocking – Les Crêpes De Sophie’s beer specialist on Shropshire beers, a talk & taste, compered by Sarah Hart Media

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