THE BIGGEST ever celebration of food and drink to take place in Solihull town centre is just weeks away.
And this year TV’s Hairy Biker Dave Myers and CBeebies presenter Katy Ashworth will be the stars of the show at the Solihull food and drink festival which runs from September 29 to October 1.
Dave and TV show partner Si King have been cooking together as The Hairy Bikers for more than 20 years.
Dave will be hosting cookery demonstrations at the food and drink festival which is set to feature more than 60 food stalls and bars, Kids’ Zone, demo kitchen, live music and cocktail and gin masterclasses.
Dave will be joined on stage by Steve Quirke, who has worked alongside the likes of James Martin, Ainsley Harriott and at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics during a distinguished career in the world’s greatest kitchens.
James Toth, who, aged just 22, holds the position of Junior Sous Chef at Michelin-starred The Cross at Kenilworth, will also be assisting for the demonstrations.
Dave said: “This is my first time joining the team at Solihull food and drink festival and it’s set to be a great weekend.
“I’ll be on stage with my good friend and brilliant chef, Steve Quirke, who is also local to the area – it will be great to be back on stage with him.
“With 65 food stalls and bars as well as a live demo kitchen; cocktail masterclasses and live music, this food and drink extravaganza is not to be missed.”
Completing the celebrity line-up at the town centre-wide event is CBeebies presenter Katy Ashworth, host of children’s favourite I Can Cook.
Melanie Palmer, Director of Solihull BID, said: “Our events and festivals are essential to the sustainability of a vibrant and thriving town centre.
“I am thrilled to able to offer our biggest event yet with something for all the family and we anticipate many visitors coming this year to see Solihull at its best.”
The festival’s innovative Big Ale trail complete with designer mini pint glass and a dedicated trail of local bars’ finest swigs means visitors will really get to experience the taste of Solihull.
For more information about Solihull food and drink festival and to book tickets to the Dave Myers demonstrations visit www.solihullbid.co.uk/solihull-food-and-drink-festival