Chester Food, Drink and Lifestyle Festival 2017 goes LIVE!


Tickets are now on sale for the 2017 festival, brought to you by Allington Hughes Law, to be held at Chester Racecourse this Easter from the 15th-17th April. With fair weather over 30,000 people will visit the biggest event of its type taking place anywhere in the UK this Easter and an event that kicks off the festival programme for the city of Chester. The festival has been valued by Manchester University as worth over £2.4 million in Economic benefit to Chester with all hotels, and guest houses expected to be booked out during the period of the event.

Organisers believe this is the biggest line-up of events they have ever assembled at the Roodee as principal organiser Stephen Wundke explains. “It has been our ambition to grow this event every year and we believe this represents the strongest line-up we have ever put on. Apart from the amazing display of food and drink on offer, Camperfest will see nearly 2,000 people camping in the middle of the racecourse, an event in itself, that more people book to attend every year. Artfest has already sold out for exhibitors with over 40 Artists from all over the UK showing their art and we have just 30 places left of the 155 Food and Drink exhibitors, we expect this to be full by the end of the month. We have confirmed free cooking classes for adults which is new in 2017 and we will announce the ability to book for that shortly and our ever popular free Children’s cooking classes will return. Our chef programme is complete and we will announce the full line up next week. We have so many interactive activities that people can take part in, it is just incredible. They include a Junior Bake off, Best Sausage Competition and a Young Chef competition. We have an amazing new VIP area for people who purchase this ticket being catered for by Bar Lounge and those tickets, which are limited to 300 per day, go on sale this week as well. It really is a fabulous four hours of family fun for less than £20.

The Festival is now in its 18th year and has grown from a small event on the castle Square car park back at the turn of the century to be one of the largest of its type in the United Kingdom. Stephen Wundke explains why it is staged at Easter. “When we first started we asked hoteliers when they would like to see an event staged that could influence their hotel bookings. The Hotel Association, then headed by Phillip Martin, said his members would like to see something put on at Easter as there was nothing on in the city and occupancies were very low. We did as requested and are now happy to report that most hotels are now full over Easter. It means we have to move the event each year as the date changes but I think by now people know if its Easter, it must be the Chester Food and Drink festival.”

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