BITE Food Festival returns for second year


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Chipping Campden’s inaugural food festival goes down a treat

Celebrity chefs gathered for the Bespoke International Taste Extravaganza (BITE) 2013

The picturesque Chipping Campden was transformed into a foodie haven in January 2013, as the UK’s top celebrity chefs descended upon the town to celebrate the inaugural year of the Bespoke International Taste Extravaganza (BITE) 2013.  

Visitors from across the country attended the week-long celebration of culinary excellence, which offered the chance to dine with the country’s top chefs, pick up cooking tips and secrets from the experts, learn from live demonstrations, and purchase locally sourced products from the region’s top artisan producers.

The opening night with Masterchef presenter Gregg Wallace was a sell-out success, as he shared some secrets from behind the scenes at Masterchef, whilst the guests enjoyed a delicious 5 course meal prepared by Cotswold House Hotel’s Head Chef Brett Armitage.

This was followed by a special junior Masterchef at Chipping Campden School.  Over 20 students aged between 11 and 17 years old battled it out to impress judges Gregg Wallace, festival organiser Julian Ebbutt and British food expert, writer and broadcaster Henrietta Green, with their selection of dishes made from ingredients sourced within 15 miles of the school.  Alicia Chown was crowned winner of the competition and saw her dish featured on the hotel’s menu.

Other hugely popular events included a live demonstration with the world renowned chocolatier Damian Allsop, champagne breakfast with Channel 4’s The Fabulous Baker Brothers and dinner with Great British Menu judge and novelist Prue Leith.  The country’s hottest culinary talents including Adam Byatt, Simon Hulstone and Mat Follas treated guests to lavish five course dinners, while The Noel Arms’ own award winning Indunil Sanchi delighted curry lovers with his superb array of curries. 

Julian Ebbutt, said:
"This year saw BITE Festival get off to an incredible start, with sell-out events and a fantastic atmosphere. We were lucky enough to attract some of the biggest names in the world of food, and we hope that the success of this inaugural festival is a hint of what is to come next year."

Henrietta Green, said:
"I thoroughly enjoyed myself and learn a lot! It was great to meet so many passionate foodies who all seemed to be having a great time, to be in such a gorgeous part of the country and to meet so many great local producers. I can’t wait to come back next year!"

Foodies got the chance to sample the best local ingredients the Cotswolds as the town’s market hall was taken over and hosted Chipping Campden’s first BITE Food Fair. From local cheese to rapeseed oil and freshly baked bread, the fair was a celebration of the vibrant food scene in the area, celebrating the very best local artisan producers.

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