The gigantic new food festival coming to Parker’s Piece this weekend is expected to welcome thousands.
Foodies Festival, taking place from Friday (June 28) to Sunday (June 30), will feature live music from Scouting for Girls and live cooking demonstrations from Midsummer House’s Daniel Clifford and MasterChef finalist Alex Rushmer.
In total, there will be more than 200 exhibitors over the weekend, with everything from a street food village and a cakes and desserts theatre to a kids cookery school and chilli eating contests.
Roy Stride, lead singer of Scouting for Girls, told the News he was excited to be performing at this weekend’s festival.
He said: “It’s a fantastic festival to perform at, all to help Musicians Against Homelessness, an amazing charity set up by Emma Rule, who is just an incredible, inspiring person. She spoke to a homeless, suicidal man in London and showed him love, and gave him the strength to continue, and has now turned his life around thanks to her words.
“We’ve played Foodies festivals elsewhere in the country before, and the food is great. I recommend the jerk chicken and the great selection of gins and craft ales – and apparently this Saturday will be the hottest June day on record, so what a perfect time to come out and join us.
“Funnily enough, Cambridge is a Scouting for Girls stronghold, we always get passionate fans coming to our shows here. I still think about our first show here in 2007, when a man came up to me after the show to shake my hand, telling us he didn’t want to come and was dragged here by his wife, but he ended up loving it. That’s stayed with me all these years!”
Daniel Clifford, chef patron of Midsummer House, will be the star attraction on the food side, leading a demonstration of recipes from his Michelin starred restaurant.
He told the News: “We’re still choosing which dishes to showcase, but it will definitely be one of our favourites from Midsummer. I’m really looking forward to it, I’m bringing my kids along and we’re hoping to have a lot of fun – hopefully people can come down and have fun too.
“We’ve needed a big food festival like this in the city for quite some time, and it’s fantastic that it’s finally here. This is a really great city for food, and it’s easy to find great, healthy meals for cheap prices, and this festival will hopefully celebrate that. Plus, it’s for a great cause.”
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The event has been brought to the city by Emma Rule, the Meldreth based founder of Musicians Against Homelessness, who are the festival’s official charity partner. Additionally, money from ticket sales will be going straight to homelessness charity Crisis.
Emma said: “We are so pleased to be partnering Foodies in Cambridge this year, and to bring over 50 superb music acts to the MAH live stage. Thanks to the support from Foodies and the artists playing our stages, we will continue to raise the profile of the subject, raise money to support those living on the streets and also ensure that people visiting the festival enjoy a fantastic weekend of music.”
Tickets, including VIP packages, are now on sale – with a 20 per cent discount on tickets if you enter the code “MAH20” at checkout. Visit foodiesfestival.com or call (0844) 9951111 for more information.