MORE than 30,000 visitors are expected to attend this year's Padstow Christmas Festival, with organisers promising that the 2013 celebration will be the biggest to date.
The four-day festival from December 5 will feature 28 chefs demonstrating their skills and 100 stallholders in an extended Christmas market. Organisers are also confident they will be staging Cornwall's largest lantern parade and will amass 300 Father Christmases who will be raising money for Cornwall Hospice Care in a fun run.
Chef Rick Stein said: The festival is now in its sixth year and its legacy continues to grow. Due to last year's popularity we have added an extra day. We have also moved the main marquee to a larger location on the opposite side of the quay. We have an unbelievable line-up of chefs from around the country and some really exciting plans including a head-tohead cook-off between my good friend Brian Turner and ITV's Phil Vickery, hosted by Fern Britton.
Live chef demonstrations will take place across two theatres, showcasing Britain's top culinary talent including: Rick Stein, Jack Stein, Angela Hartnett, Tom Kerridge, Michael Caines, Nathan Outlaw, Paul Ainsworth, Mitch Tonks, Mark Sargeant and Sat Bains.
Rick Stein will be on stage cooking dishes from his BBC India series and Tom Kerridge will be cooking items from his new BBC Two series Proper Pub Food.
Emma Bebbington, general manager at festival sponsor Sharp's Brewery, said: The incredible food and drink on offer at Padstow Christmas Festival makes it an event that we all really look forward to. This year, a stunning line-up of world-class chefs will be taking to the Sharp's Brewery Demonstration Theatre to cook up some mouth-watering festive recipes. On the Sharp's stand we'll be showing visitors how to best pair beer to these fabulous dishes.
We will also be introducing some new and limited edition products at the festival and celebrating the bounty of awards we've won in 2013.
Family-friendly activities will be hosted across the fourday event. Acrobats and dancers from Swamp Circus, will be entertaining crowds on the streets with their mesmerising routines.
Children will be delighted to see Father Christmas arriving by sleigh drawn by his reindeer on Friday evening before setting up residence in his grotto throughout the weekend.
For more information visit: www.padstowchristmasfestiv-al.co.uk.
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