Housewares chain Lakeland is sponsoring the Interview Stage at the BBC Good Food Festival this summer.
For three days, Hampton Court Palace will host the second BBC Good Food Festival, taking place over the Bank Holiday weekend (August 29-31).
A highlight of the event is the new 400-seat Summer Kitchen theatre, situated in the grounds of Home Park opposite Hampton Court Palace. It will play host to cookery demonstrations from celebrity chefs and bakers including John Whaite, Hemsley + Hemsley, Jo Wheatley, Michel Roux Jr., and Paul Hollywood (pictured) who will create their favourite summer dishes live on stage.
New for this year is the Interview Stage, where all the chefs will share advice, ideas and answer culinary questions from the audience.
This year is particularly special for the Palace as it celebrates its 500th anniversary, with live cookery in the Tudor Kitchen and a series of ‘Time Plays’, exploring the palace’s past, performed around the courtyards and royal apartments. Every Festival ticket bought includes free entry to the Palace.
Laura Biggs, managing director of River Street Events which organises and presents the BBC Good Food Shows, said: “We’re delighted to host the BBC Good Food Festival in the stunning grounds of Hampton Court Palace. Last year was such an overwhelming success and this year we will welcome more exhibitors and great entertainment from renowned chefs and cooks, cooking live in our new Summer Kitchen theatre.”
Paul Gray, director of Hampton Court Palace said: “We’re thrilled to be welcoming the BBC Good Food Festival back to the palace for a second year, following an enormously successful inaugural event in 2014.
“In Hampton Court’s 500th anniversary year, it seems fitting that we should continue the long tradition of feasting at the palace with a festival that promises to be even bigger than the last one. We look forward to welcoming visitors to join in the celebrations.”