All information on this page relates to our fantastic 2019 festival while we organise the next – update due July 2020.

Demonstration Kitchen

Watch & learn from the experts…

Kindly sponsored by Lexus Stoke

Chef Profiles


Mike Hughes
Freelance Chef – 1pm

Chris Cohen, Founder
Feast with Friends –  2pm (for local schools)

Richard Finney
Chef Lecturer, Stafford College – 3pm

Sarah Winkle
Food Blogger, The Credit Crunch Cooke – 4pm.


Andy Pickstock
Head Chef, No.26 Aston Marina – 11am

Luca Bellomusto
Senior Sous Chef, The Moathouse Hotel – 12 noon

Chris Cohen, Founder
Feast with Friends –  1pm.

Nick Griffin
Butcher, Griffins of Stone –  2pm

Allan Jones
Head Chef, Stable Yard Catering @ Heaton House Farm – 3pm


Richard James
Owner, Smoke & Rye – 11am

Stuart Bruce
Head Chef, The Red Lion Bradley – 12noon

Rosanna Moseley
Head Chef, The Oyster Club – 1pm

Steve Nuttall
MD, Joule’s Brewery – 2pm

Jake Lowndes
Head Chef, Little Seeds – 3pm

Culinary Masterclasses

Feast with Friends – dinner party classics

Chef and educator Chris Cohen, who specialises in private dining experiences through his company Feast with Friends, will guide you through the creation of delicious dishes that will wow your guests. Chris will run different sessions on Saturday and Sunday:

Pumpkin Ravioli, wild mushrooms and smoked bacon

Skill level: Intermediate/Pro
The ultimate autumnal flavour combination. See Chris put the dish together before making some of your own ravioli and taking away the ingredients to execute this dish like a pro at home.
Saturday @ 3pm – £12pp

Sous vide cooking steak

Skill level: Starter/Intermediate
Chris will explain the ‘science bit’ behind sous vide cookery before you get the chance to barbecue the steak to perfection, make a fine green sauce of the world – then walk away with a great steak sandwich!
Sunday @ 2pm – £12pp

Sauerkraut hands-on masterclass

Rediscover the lost art of fermentation

Emma Cronin, founder of Wild Pickle (and expert in all things fermented and pickled) will guide you through the creation of your very own jar of sauerkraut to take home.

With a range of delicious additions to tailor your jar to your individual taste, this session will demonstrate the versatility of this ancient method of preservation, focusing on how it can enhance not only flavour but nutritional value.

Saturday & Sunday @ 10.30am

Cost £8pp

Pumpkin cupcakes

Stone-based cake designer Beth of Beth Lauren Cakes will show you how to create cute pumpkin cupcakes for you to take home and enjoy – just in time for Halloween!

Suitable for grown-ups and children 4+ with adult assistance.

Saturday & Sunday @ 12.30am

Cost £6pp

Wine & Cheese tasting

How to taste wine like a professional…

Join Certified Sommelier Patryk Kapeliński as he shares his passion for wine in this casual yet educational session.

You’ll learn the basics of wine and food pairing techniques ready to impress friends and family the next time you throw a dinner party; tasting some fabulous Italian wines paired with delicious cheeses from their local area.

Saturday @ 4.30pm

Cost – £15pp

Talks & Tastings

These sessions are very popular. Arrive early to guarantee a seat!

Kindly sponsored by Lexus Stoke

Friday 4th October

Small but perfectly formed
All about Microgreens & hydroponic growing with the
Eco Food Garden

Discover Seed Chocolate
The story of this award-winning, ethical brand from Stoke – with James Walter, Seed Chocolate

Return of the Lymestone Bees
The trials and tribulations of providing a home for bees in return for a little bit of honey
Ian Bradford, Lymestone Brewery

The growth & Popularity of Gin -How gin went from ‘Mother’s Ruin’ to the hottest drinks trend with Ten Green Bottles

Saturday 5th October

125 years of world-class toffee
A short history of Longton’s famous Walker’s Nonsuch Toffee factory – with tasters!
Pam Bermingham, Yum Yum Stone

Wild Fermentation
Discover the history and the benefits of traditional food preparation with Emma Cronin, Wild Pickle

Seasonal Cocktails Discover cocktails with an autumnal twist with mixologists from Aston Marina’s No.26 Bar & Restaurant

Joule’s: A Tasting Guide
Discover some of the brewery’s iconic ales with Brewers from Joule’s Brewery

A Sparkling Comparison: Prosecco v English Sparkling Wine
Discovering the similarities and differences of Italy’s Prosecco and English Sparkling Wine – Julia Philips, Just Perfect Wines

Tales of a Staffordshire Vineyard
Our Story – from no knowledge of grape growing to a branded product on shelves. Robert Grove, Grove Estate Vineyard

Sunday 6th October

Lovely Layer Cakes
Stone’s Queen of Cakes shows how to decorate a stunning layer cake from scratch – and you get to sample some at the end!
Beth Tomasik, Beth Lauren Cakes

Game season… How make the most of nature’s bounty with Master Butchers Stephen Hill and Carl Nortons, Perrys of Eccleshall

What shall we brew tomorrow?
Q&A session quizzing the audience on the style of beer they drink – plenty of tasting samples along the way! Sarah & Ian Bradford, Lymestone Brewery

Gin & mixer matching
How to choose a mixer & whether to compliment or enhance the botanicals in your gin, with Jay from The Staffordshire Gin Company

A tutored beer tasting
Sample your way through a selection of Slater’s brews, with Vicki Slater of Slater’s Ales

A flight through Rioja
Think Rioja is all about punchy reds? Think again… with Dave Eglington, Wolseley Wine Loft

Children’s Cooking Classes



Make your own pizza dough, top it and take home to cook later

Oat & Raisin Cookies


Prepare delicious, healthy cookies to cook at home



Learn how to make tasty apple & cheese scones then finish off by baking at home



Noodles make the perfect base for you to create a quick & healthy dish.

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