Friday, 06 August 2021

Food for mind and body on offer at festival

AUTHORS Lisa Faulkner, Cyrus Todiwala and Hugless Douglas creator David Melling are to appear at the inaugural Henley on Food Festival.

AUTHORS Lisa Faulkner, Cyrus Todiwala and Hugless Douglas creator David Melling are to appear at the inaugural Henley on Food Festival.

They will join chef and TV presenter John Torode and 2013 Great British Bake Off winner Frances Quinn at the event to be held at Shiplake College over the weekend of April 30 and May 1.

The festival will feature talks, interactive cookery demonstrations, wine tastings and food-inspired activities for children.

Faulkner will share some family favourites, drawing on recipes from her three books, while celebrity chef Todiwala will launch Spice Box, a book of 120 dishes based on just 10 core recipes.

Quinn will talk about her debut cook book Quinntessential Baking while MasterChef host Torode will be promoting his book, My Kind of Food: Recipes I Love to Cook at Home.

The line-up will also include nutritionist Madeleine Shaw, whose second book, Ready Steady Glow, will be published just before the event, and “The Naturalista” Xochi Balfour, whose collection of food and beauty recipes teaches people how to feel happy and healthy.

A Saturday afternoon panel event will feature Henley Standard columnist Paul Clerehugh, who runs the Crooked Billet in Stoke Row, and cookery writer Kay Plunkett Hogge talking about “my most memorable meal”.

Free cookery demonstrations will be given by Heston Blumenthal’s head chef at Michelin-starred pub the Hinds Head, Shaun Dickens, who runs the Boathouse in Henley, and Ryan Simpson, of Orwells at Shiplake.

The festival is being organised by Kate Lynas and Harriet Reed-Ryan, daughter of Henley Literary Festival founder Sue Ryan.

Tickets will be available from Monday at www.henleyonfood.com

Photo courtesy of James Gifford Mead.



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