MORE than 30,000 visitors are expected to attend this year's Padstow Christmas Festival, with organisers promising that the celebration will be the biggest yet.
Taking place from December 5 to 8, the festival is a unique celebration of great food, Christmas entertainment and live music.
Visitors can look forward to four days of the best Cornish food and drink; 28 world-class chefs across two demonstration stages; 100 Cornish producers in the expanded Christmas market; the county's largest lantern parade; and more than 300 Father Christmases raising money for Cornwall Hospice Care in the annual 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 giving us room for a new chefs' theatre, more stalls and a new seating area.
We have an unbelievable line-up of chefs from around the country and some really exciting plans including a head-to-head 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. Commentary will come from BBC Radio Cornwall presenters.
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. An Audience With The Chefs promises to be another highlight, where visitors can ask their food heroes questions.
Family-friendly activities will be hosted across the four-day event. Acrobats and dancers from Swamp Circus, the longest running contemporary circus in England, 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.
Other festival highlights include live music, a lantern parade and a firework display.
For more information and to see a full programme of events, visit: padstowchristmasfestival.co.uk
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