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TV chef Simon Rimmer and Celebrity Masterchef winner Lisa Faulkner will be the star attractions as Festival Place, Basingstoke, is transformed into foodie heaven for its two-day Eat Street extravaganza later this month.
Shoppers will be able to soak up the delicious smells, sounds and tastes as the centre’s Porchester Square hosts live cooking demonstrations and free food samples from cuisines across the globe throughout the weekend of October 27 and 28.
On the Saturday, Simon Rimmer, host of Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch and Daily Brunch will tantalise tastebuds by leading a live cooking demonstration. On Sunday, Lisa Faulkner, who triumphed in Celebrity Masterchef in 2010 and has since written three bestselling cookery books, will take visitors step-by-step through some of her favourite family-inspired recipes.
Festival Place’s wide range of food and beverage outlets will be joining in the fun, with many handing out free samples from their menus. Those taking part include: Festival Street Kitchen (FSK), Wagamama, Nando’s, Las Iguanas, Apricot Café, Starbucks, Caffe Nero and Auntie Anne's.
Catering students from Basingstoke College of Technology (BCoT) will also be joining in the fun as they perform live cooking demonstrations and give out tasty treats to shoppers.
Shoppers will also have the chance to win a hamper full of goodies, worth £250.
Neil Churchill, Centre Director at Festival Place, said: “Our Eat Street event is one of the highlights of the year at Festival Place and this year promises to be bigger and better than ever. We’re delighted to be welcoming Simon Rimmer and Lisa Faulkner – two culinary experts who I know will be a hit with visitors.
“No matter what your favourite food is, there promises to be something for everyone at Eat Street. It’s the perfect opportunity to round off the half-term holiday with a real family day out while enjoying our range of stores, eateries and leisure destinations.”
Students will be demonstrating the skills they have acquired on their course. The students run a five-star restaurant at the Worting Road campus and will be showing exciting new ways to serve grilled halloumi, super food salads with seasonal vegetables and homemade sweet treats.
Anthony Bravo, Principal at BCoT, said: “The Restaurant at BCoT is Basingstoke's best kept secret. Not only is it a great place to come and enjoy local fine dining at affordable prices, it supports our students learning and progress in the hospitality industry.
“If you haven’t experienced the restaurant before, come along and see us at Eat Street!”
Eat Street is supported by Basingstoke Together, the Business Improvement District organisation for the town. Lucy Boazman, Chief Executive, said: “Events such as Eat Street offer the public the opportunity to get involved with sampling new food and are so important in demonstrating what a thriving town Basingstoke is.”