VEGANUARY, Dry January, it seems like so long ago now. Ditto celebrity chef Tom Kerridge frantically working the media to flog his low calorie diet primer, ‘Lose Weight for Good’, based on his own not inconsiderable feat of shedding 12 stone through exercise, low carbs and no booze. It was a close run thing between his much serialised book and weight-loss rival Lisa Riley’s ‘Honesty Diet’. Well, who doesn’t want to be “a happier, healthier you”.
Food and drink’s about pleasure, too, so we hope to see a less hair shirt chef when his roadshow rolls up to the Heath, Knutsford, between September 7-9 for the first northern exposure for his Pub In The Park Festival. Tom talks about this, the British pub industry and his personal battle to scaled down from 40 stone in Matt White's latest Fodder podcast.
Pub in The Park launched last May in Marlow, Bucks, home to his two Michelin-starred gastropub, the Hand and Flowers. It’s set to offer a terrific line-up of leading chefs, pubs, and restaurants serving their most popular dishes. Plus a strong, middle of the road music offering, including Razorlight, Toploader, Mel C, Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Squeeze. We’ll let you know the full foodie line-up very soon.
Bath and Tunbridge Wells are the other two spin-off events from the original, which sold all 18,000 tickets within 24 hours.
There are five sessions; one on Friday 7, two on Saturday 8 and two on Sunday 9. Tickets cost from £26.75 for afternoon sessions and £42.80 for evening sessions, with child concessions. Plus more expensive VIP tickets. Buy tickets here.