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Sunday, 16 September 2012

Isle of Man Food and Drink Festival 2012 at Knockaloe Farm, Patrick, next weekend

THE Isle of Man Food and Drink Festival 2012 will get things cooking at Knockaloe Farm, Patrick, next weekend.

Featuring celebrity TV chef Ainsley Harriott this year’s two-day event, which has moved from The Nunnery at the last minute due to soggy ground problems, promises to be even more jam-packed and full-flavoured than ever.

Taking place on Saturday and Sunday (September 22 and 23) between 10am and 5pm (last entry at 4pm), the family-friendly festival will include the usual array of food and drink to whet your appetite, demonstrations from local chefs, the finals of the I Love Manx Chef of the Year competition, children’s fun, a producer marquee and a farmers’ market.

A spokesman said: ‘For a small island, we produce an amazing range of quality food and drink and the festival is the place to find out more about it.

‘Our past celebrity chefs have included the Hairy Bikers, Gino D’Acampo and James Martin and all have been complementary about our local food long past the time actually spent with us at the festivals.

‘We look forward to welcoming Ainsley Harriott this year – it will be his first visit to the Isle of Man and we’re sure he’ll work his magic on the Manx produce which he has chosen to cook.’

Ainsley is well known for his appearances on Ready, Steady Cook and is currently on BBC1’s Great British Food Revival. He has starred on TV all over the world, published many cookery books and has a successful food range, some of which is available on island. During his Saturday appearance, he will be cooking Jamaican curried Manx Callig with coconut and lime, Seared Manx Scallops, Manx steak with Argentine sauce and Banana split with Manx blackberries and warm chocolate fudge sauce in the Food Theatre tent. And he will judge the finals of the I Love Manx Chef competition, meet producers and visitors to the festival, and be signing copies of his books at 1.15pm.

As well as cooking demonstrations, more than 20 island producers will be displaying their mouthwatering wares while caterers will offer the best in seafood, Manx meat and delicious cream teas and Manx ales.

Family activities will include scone-making, face-painting, a treasure hunt, pony rides and the Farm in the Festival Maze with live farm animals.

Manx Food Theatre


10.45am - Festival Welcome

11am - Ainsley Harriott

12pm - The Swiss House

1pm - 14 North

2pm - Ainsley Harriott

3pm - Chef of the Year Final


10.45am - Festival Welcome

11am - Let’s Get Saucy

12pm - Manx Aberdeen Angus

1pm - Sack of Spuds

2pm - Best Manx Omelette

3pm - Manx Produce Auction