Main Theatre - Saturday 12.00 and 15.00


Tom appears alongside his brother Henry in the wonderfully delicious programme The Fabulous Baker Brothers on Channel 4.
Tom is a 5th generation baker with hot bread in his genes and with a proven ability to share the good bread message he is winning people over to the light side.
Fresh out of baking college, he won Young Baker of the Year with an ambition to ‘do for bread what Rick Stein has done for fish’. With a wealth of artisanal nous and a lively baking and business heritage, Tom has gone on to collect numerous awards. His family business, Hobbs House Bakery has won Organic loaf of the year, 9 out of 10 times, and been featured in the aforementioned Rick Stein’s Food Heroes, as a Super Food Hero, Henrietta Green’s Food Lovers Guide to Britain, and also featured in the Independents top 50 food shops.
As a baker, Tom is passionate about eating, sharing and making bread. With his wood fired oven at his bakery/cafe by the stream in Nailsworth, he regularly gives talks, demonstrations and bread making courses.
Tom with his brother Henry form 'The Fabulous Baker Brothers'. With two sucessful series in the UK (for Channel 4), they are now bringing their British culinary magic to the US with a new show for Discovery.


Main Theatre - Sunday 11.00 and 14.00


Stacie is a cook and bespoke baker, a published author, columnist for Fabulous magazine, DJ, a TV cook and MasterChef finalist who is a TV regular whose appearances include :-
ITV's This Morning, Loose Women, Sunday Brunch, Jamie's Summer Rave Up, Saturday Cookbook and as a judge on Simon Cowell's Food Glorious Food.
She is a regular face on the food festival circuit and has given cookery demonstrations all around the country including Jamie Oliver’s Feastival, Ideal Home and BBC Good Food Spring, Summer, Winter and London.
Stacie ran a pop-up bakery at Fortnum and Mason based on recipes from her first cookbook Stacie Bakes (Pavilion Books).
She now owns ‘Eat Naked’, a clean eating deli in Brighton and describes herself as a Mod, DJ, Dancer, and Northern Soul / RnB collector.
She rides a Lambretta J125 Starstream and has a little dog called Percy who is going to be best in show at Crufts one day.
She is currently writing her second book and is a columnist for Fabulous Magazine (The Sun On Sunday)


Main Theatre - Sunday 12.00 and 15.00


Edd Kimber is a baker, food writer and TV personality and is the author of three cookbooks - The Boy Who Bakes (2011), Say It With Cake (2012) and Patisserie Made Simple (Oct 2014).
Edd grew up in a house where baking was a regular occurrence, his first memory was standing on a stool in the kitchen helping his mum to make mince pies. After studying politics at university Edd realised the corporate world wasn’t for him and after entering and winning the first series of The Great British Bake Off (BBC Two) he has jumped at the chance of following his passion for baking.
Edd writes for several magazines and newspapers including regular features in BBC Good Food, Delicious and Waitrose Kitchen. Edd has also made regular appearances on TV including on Sunday Brunch and as resident baker on The Alan Titchmarsh Show (ITV 2014) as well as on his own Christmas special ‘John and Edd's Christmas Bakes’ (Food Network 2013). has been named as one of the best UK blogs by Woman and Home Magazine and as one of the best baking blogs by


Main Theatre - Saturday 14.00


Howard Middleton is an amateur baker from Sheffield who first began baking as a child. He is passionate about being inclusive in his baking, creating food for the specific dietary needs of his mum and dad and the incredibly challenging birthday cake requests of his nieces.
As a contestant on the fourth series of the BBC's The Great British Bake Off, he immediately caught the public's attention with his first bake - a gluten-free passion fruit and coconut sandwich cake.
He went on to win the public's affection as the victim of the infamous Custardgate incident, and for his quirky style and love of unusual ingredients, famously introducing Mary Berry to hemp.
More recently he has been demonstrating his creative approach to gluten-free baking at numerous food festivals and shows, teaching at Hartingtons artisan food school in Bakewell and has been a brand ambassador for Newburn Bakehouse, the gluten-free wing of Warburtons bakery. His engaging personality and sense of humour has made him a popular guest panellist on Bake Off's spin-off show, An Extra Slice.
Howard's first book, Delicious Gluten-Free Baking, will be published by Little, Brown in September 2015.


Main Theatre - Saturday 13.00


Iain Watters and took part in the Great British Bake Off 2014. (Season 5) where he caused a national uproar when throwing his baked Alaska in the bin on national TV and he says that 'my beard is more famous than my bakes'. he is a baker who likes to experiment with unusual favour combinations and is heavily influenced by his constant travelling around the world.

He loves  middle eastern flavour but gives a big like to the Scandinavia style of baking.


Main Theatre - Sunday 13.00


Kerstin Rodgers aka MsMarmiteLover launched the supper club/pop up/underground restaurant movement in the UK in 2009 with her supper club The Underground Restaurant.  
Since then, hundreds of supper clubs have started in London and around the UK. Her site Find a supper club is the central online resource for supper clubs to advertise their dates and locations. According to Cision, the blog is 29th on the list of top UK blogs on any subject.
She is part of a new generation of writers and chefs who use social media to promote food via blogging, tumblr, facebook and twitter.
Kerstin appears regulary on TV and radio from the Chris Evans show, to Womans Hour and BBC Radio 4's The Food Programme.
She has also written 3 cookery books, 'Supper Club: recipes and notes from the underground restaurant', 'MsMarmiteLover's Secret Tea Party' and 'V is for Vegan'



Main Theatre - Saturday 17.00

Cafe Theatre - Saturday 13.00 and 16.00


Nigel was an incredibly popular and entertaining demonstrator at our previous festival, so we're delighted to have him back.
He has a lifetimes experience in the kitchen, working at some of the UK's biggest and busiest hotels and also spending time overseas at the highly acclaimed French cookery school Ecole Le Notre where he picked up a wealth of experience and knowledge in areas of specialist patisserie work.
Nigel's entertaining style has led to him putting on shows with his friends Jean Christophe Novelli, Ainsley Harriot and fellow car lover and Yorkshireman James Martin.
He regularly demonstrates at top food festivals and events throughout the UK including Brighton's Jubilee Square, Royal Hampton Court Palace, Liverpool Food and Drink and the Foodies Festivals.
In 2008 he launched his Cookery Academy in North Lincolnshire, which is now acknowledged as Lincolnshire finest cookery school.
In January 2012 Nigel became a regular recipe columnist for The Lady Magazine online.
He is currently putting the finishing touches to his first cookery book.


Main Theatre - Sunday 16.00


David Golubows chocolate chief at Cocoa Dance knows more about chocolate than your average cocoa bean.
He lives and breathes it; and his life's mission is to recruit chocaholics'.


Cocoa Dance make exceptional chocolate for exclusive outlets such as Harrods, Harvey Nicholls, Selfridges, Liberty of London, Hamley’s Toy Shop and the BAFTAs




Main Theatre - Saturday 16.00


Welbeck Bakery is one of the UK's premier bakeries and on saturday their head Baker Rob Taylor will be here demonstrating.

If you want to know why their baking is so good it's probably down to the amazing values they adhere to.


  • Dedication to promoting artisan bread-making and the production of high quality produce

  • Proactive in maintaining the sustainability and development of The Welbeck Bakehouse. Using the wealth of natural products that are available on the estate to achieve this

  • Understanding that artisan baking is a craft representing traditional baking at its best

  • Using long fermentation methods with no artificial additives or preservatives

  • Where possible using locally sourced organic ingredients

  • Understanding and respecting what goes in to producing a Welbeck Bakehouse product; delivering to our customers knowing satisfaction is guaranteed

  • Working through the night, so that each day the bread is as fresh as it can be

  • Inspired by the humble tradition of bread-making methods and wood fired baking in its historical context

  • Pride in the breads and pastries that leave The Welbeck Bakehouse


Cafe Theatre - Sunday 13.00


Richard's baking roots stemmed from observing his uncle in a small Bakery in Ulverston, Cumbria in the early hours of the morning. His knowledge of ingredients and styles have been collated by working in the best hotels in Britain and Overseas where he's been Pastry Chef at Sharrow Bay and Head Chef Pâtissier at Ayers Rock and also at the Clivdon, here he would meet Paul Hollywood who was working as The Head Baker at the Clivdon and this is where Rick would obtain what he calls "The Motherdough" a sourdough starter that is used as the theoretical heart of all his most cherished handcrafted breads. Rick has had this dough for as long as his sons have been by his side, over 14 years.
Richard is very local with his Bakery located in the small Village of High Lane just outside of Stockport where he has a Traditional Artisan Bakery with freshly made breads and hand crafted confectionery. It's a wonderful place with the aroma of fresh yeast in the air and in 2014 he was Semi Finalist in ITV's Britains Best Bakery.


Cafe Theatre - Saturday 15.00


Raw food teacher and nutritional advisor Kathryn Johnson from Raw Appetite is here on the saturday where she'll be demonstrating her amazing Raw Baking.

Kathryn is fascinated with all aspects of food. In particular, the way it affects your health, and especially the way it affects your digestive system.

'I was brought up to believe that good health is your greatest asset in life, and that looking after it was your first priority'.


Cafe Theatre - Saturday 11.00


James Pogson is one of our festival tea and coffee experts and owner of the Northern Tea Merchants.

James  has an extensive of knowledge of all things coffee and tea with over 26 years experience.

He will be at the festival on saturday morning talking about Fair Trade Tea and answering any tea related questions you may have.

He is an executive director and vice-president of the UKTIA, an executive director of the Food and Drink Forum, speaks regularly to interested groups on the subject of tea or coffee and has travelled to many different origins, including Brazil, Kenya, Sri Lanks, Sumatra, China, El Salvador and Korea on either buying trips or at the request of national trade bodies.



Cafe Theatre - Sunday 14.00


With clubs worldwide! that Bake, Eat and Talk about cake who gather in secret locations.

Interaction and conversation begin when you cut the first slice. Not like any other club. It’s all about cake.


Karen Perkins is here on sunday afternoon to tell us about the phenomena that is the CCC.


Afterwards she'll be joined by fellow members for a special Clandestine Cake Club meeting.

Come along and find out what makes this club so special.


Cafe Theatre - Sunday 11.00


We're really delighted to have the The Food Assembly here.

Dubbed the ‘Oscars of the Food World’, The Food Assembly received the Best British Food Initiative title for bringing communities together to support local food producers, and for its far-reaching benefits around Britain.

The Food Assembly, with over 10,000 members around Britain, enables people to buy directly from farmers and local foodmakers. Judge Julia Glotz, who is managing editor of Grocer Magazine, congratulated The Food Assembly on its innovative platform that’s changing the way we eat.
So far it’s reached communities wide from Chester Food Assembly in North-West of England to Frome Food Assembly in the South-West.
Every week Food Assembly customers order food online from their local Assembly, before picking it up at a weekly pop­-up market. All the food comes from within 100 miles of the area.
Presenter of BBC Radio 4’s The Food Programme and founder of the awards Sheila Dillon says: “We really wanted to find out who the food heroes were in their neighbourhoods – anyone, any organisation, that through food was making life in Britain better.”

The average farmer in the UK receives 7% of the retail price when supplying through conventional supply chains such as supermarkets, compared with over 80% through Food Assemblies.
Each Food Assembly creates paid work for a local host (organiser). Bude’s Food Assembly in Cornwall is hosted by food­-oDubbed the ‘Oscars of the Food World’, The Food Assembly received the Best British Food Initiative title for bringing communities together to support local food producers, and for its far-reaching benefits around Britain.


Cafe Theatre - Saturday 12.00 and 14.00


Sheffield based Nicky is a long standing member of the British Sugarcraft Guild and runs her own extremely popular Sugarcraft and Cake Decorating Classes.

She is continually updating her portfolio, keeping abreast of all the new techniques, ensuring her cakes are always contemporary looking.

She's here demonstrating and passing on her knowledge and passion, for what is clearly something she loves doing.
So if you have any sugar craft related questions, pop along to her event in the cafe theatre.


Cafe Theatre - Sunday 12.00


Anna runs her own teashop ‘The Old Brickyard Tea Garden’ in Melton Mowbray and is one of our Master of Tea Ceremonies. 

She'll be passing on her love of tea at 12.00 on the sunday where you can join her in a tea tasting.


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