Flavours to savour at Eat Reading Live food festivalBy Hilary Scott
May 14, 2012
Want to see how to dress a crab? Have a lesson in how to impress your friends with a Michelin-starred dish?
Or do you want to shake up a cocktail like a pro mixologist?
Well, all these secrets and more will be unveiled during Eat Reading Live, the town’s two-day food festival.
The demonstration line-up has been revealed for the event, which is on Friday, June 1, and Saturday June 2 – and it’s two days packed full of tasty treats and helpful lessons for keen cooks.
Here’s just a few of the demos you can see:
- Gennaro Contaldo will be whipping up something greedy and Italian.
- Michelin-starred Adam Simmonds of Danesfield House, Marlow, will help you to understand his amazing techniques.
- Kevin Little of the Smelly Alley fish company, right, will not only show you how to prepare and dress a brown crab and a spider crab, he’ll tell you how to catch them too.
- Justin le Stephany is known to the other staff at award-winning Mya Lacarte in Caversham as JLS and he’ll be showcasing home-smoked Gressingham duck, using woodchips and a DIY smoking machine anyone can make.
- Denzil Newton, right, of Cilantro at the Madejski Millennium Hotel, who is a graduate of The Ritz Hotel, will guide you through serving new season lamb and a dish of scallops.
- Mandy Alberry and Emma Keeler from Sonning Flowers in St Mary’s Butts will be snipping and arranging as they demonstrate how to create a stunning table centrepiece.
- Toni Sale, owner of Pepe Sale in Queen’s Walk, will highlight the best of Sardinian food.
- Mixologist and assistant manager Ben Hundy and flare bartender Gary Stone from Déjà Vu Bar & Grill will be creating some lush cocktails you can try.
- In The Farm Shop you can buy great organic fruit and veg from Riverford and some healthy Chiltern Cold Pressed Rapeseed Oil at its stall.
Other chefs you can see are: Daniel Smith of the Hilton Reading who’s just arrived from the Manchester Hilton; Ronnie Kimbugwe, head chef at the Bel & The Dragon and former senior sous chef of Gordon Ramsay at Claridges; Daniel Bell of Malmaison; Gavin Young from Forbury’s Restaurant and Ryan Simpson from Orwells, Shiplake, both previous Pride of Reading winners; and Chef Tucci from the Abbruzzo region of Italy.
Said organiser Jo Keen: “We are so excited about this year’s Eat Reading Live – we are proud to be welcoming a brilliant line-up of well respected local chefs and showcasing some of the best restaurants and food producers in region. There will something there to suit all tastes.”
Eat Reading Live has the food of love too, with plenty of live music throughout the weekend.
And all this foodie fun is free, you just pay for any food and wine you sample.
Children will also be catered for with stalls and entertainment, all food-themed.
The rest of June will be packed full of restaurant offers in town, an Italian and other food markets, and the chance to win some excellent foodie prizes and more.