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This year’s line-up is a gift for anyone coming into the Festival on a Stroller Ticket, because for 2021 nearly all our brilliant guests will be performing on public stages and at outdoor venues for all with a Stroller Ticket to see and enjoy. Here’s how the weekend is shaping up. There will be dems in the Market Hall, cooking with fire at the Castle, and talks and debate in the Dome. (Event times are subject to change).

Saturday 18th September 2021

Tim Hayward – A Love Letter to Bread

SAT 10:30 – 11:10 am

Tim demonstrates some of the divine, delicious and decadent things you can do with a slice (or two) of bread. Familiar to many from BBC Radio 4’s Kitchen Cabinet and his column in the Financial Times, Tim is a true food polymath. He is a restaurateur, he writes, he cooks and he has a long-standing fascination for American Diners. 

Chris Harrod from The Whitebrook – A Sense of Place

SAT 11:30 am – 12:10 pm

Chef-proprietor Chris Harrod has held a Michelin star at The Whitebrook since 2014. A protégé of Raymond Blanc and a former winner on Great British Menu, Chris prepares locally sourced food flavoured with freshly foraged herbs and plants from his garden and the Wye Valley.

Chetna Makan – Thirty Minute Indian

SAT 12.30 – 1.10 pm

Chetna won the hearts of the nation on The Great British Bake Off and has gone on to become an immensely popular cookery writer and teacher through her YouTube channel Food with Chetna. Here she shows how to make a quick and easy meal that delivers on flavour every single time with recipes from her new book Chetna’s 30 Minute Indian.

Paul Rankin – Ready, Steady, What?

SAT 1:30 – 2:10 pm

Paul is stepping in to replace Poppy O’Toole who is unwell. We are going to take him back to his Ready, Steady, Cook days with some surprise ingredients! Paul brought Northern Ireland its first ever Michelin Star with his restaurant Roscoff. Since then he has become familiar to many of us through his extensive work on TV including  Step up to the Plate (BBC1), Local Food Heroes (UKTV), Saturday Kitchen (BBC1), Ten Mile Menu (ITV1), and Celebrity X Factor (ITV1), and of course Ready Steady Cook.

Jane Baxter and Christine Smallwood – Italian Veg

SAT 2:30 – 3:10 pm

Italophiles Jane and Christine team up to present dishes from Christine’s new book Italy, the latest volume in The World Vegetarian series. Jane runs Wild Artichoke in Kingsbridge, Devon. Further back in her career she launched the Riverford Field Kitchen and has written several veg-focused cookbooks. Christine has written authoritative books on regional Italian cuisine.

Calum Franklin and Nokx Majozi – Pie Story

SAT 3:30 – 4:10 pm

How to make a show-stopping pie with the pastry obsessives from London’s Holborn Dining Room, a British brasserie set within the luxury hotel, Rosewood London.. Calum is Executive Head Chef and founder of their dedicated Pie Room. South African born Nokx Majozi is Senior Pie Maker and heads up a team who make over 200 pies a day. Their story of obsession and perfection was celebrated last year in Calum’s book, The Pie Room

Matt Tebbutt and Olly Smith

SAT 4:30 – 5:10 pm

The hosts of Saturday Kitchen come to the Festival hotfoot from the studio. Anything could happen! Matt’s new book Weekend: Eating at Home and Olly’s Home Cocktail Bible are both due out later in the year.

Sunday 19th September 2021

Rotary Young Chef Final Cook-off

SUN 9:30 – 10:10 am

Watch the town’s finest aspiring young chefs in action. Last year’s competition was cancelled, but organisers got the show on the road again for 2021 with one year group at King Henry School. Festival patron Franco Taruschio OBE and Kim Waters (AFF Chief Executive) judged the recent heat which had eleven participants. The winners were Zara Tilley and Charlie Cave. They’ll be in the spotlight for the final cook-off. The judges will be Chetna Makan (who has her own chef dem at 10.30am based on her book 30 Minute Indian) and Roo Hasan, venue manager. Find out more about Rotary in Abergavenny here.

Chetna Makan – Thirty Minute Indian

SUN 10:30 – 11:10 am

Chetna won the hearts of the nation on The Great British Bake Off and has gone on to become an immensely popular cookery writer and teacher through her YouTube channel Food with Chetna. Here she shows how to make a quick and easy meal that delivers on flavour every single time with recipes from her new book Chetna’s 30 Minute Indian.

Bara Brith Plait  – Rachael Watson, Abergavenny Baker

SUN 11:30 am – 12:10 pm

Rachael is a self taught baker and local GP. In 2018 her Abergavenny Baker Cookery School won Best Cookery School in the Food Awards Wales.  Here she share her secret tips and demonstrate a simple Bara Brith plait that looks and tastes fantastic and will impress your friends and family! 

Hywel Griffith – Taste of the Sea

SUN 12:30 – 1:10 pm

Hywel’s sophisticated cooking of local ingredients has brought a Michelin Star to The Beach House to complement its stunning setting overlooking the sands of Oxwich Bay on the Gower peninsula. For this year’s demo Hywel is focussing on the harvest of the sea that he sources from the local dayboats.

Jenny Chandler – Green Kids Can Cook

SUN 1:30 – 2:10 pm

Jenny demonstrates some tasty dishes from her new book Green Kids Cook.  These are recipes designed to get kids cooking and eating more veg. Jenny is an experienced cookery writer with a wealth of experience teaching in top cookery schools such as Leith’s, Divertimenti and Bertinet Kitchen. She is passionate about getting kids into the kitchen and cooking from scratch. 

Jane Baxter and Kate Hawkings – Nibbles and Tipples

SUN 2:30 – 3:10 pm

Unusual ideas for easy party food and drink. Jane cooks for parties through Wild Artichoke, her Devon-based catering business as well as writing cookbooks and recipes and is a regular guest on BBC Saturday Kitchen. Kate is a renowned drinks columnist, restaurant and wine consultant. She is the author of Aperitif : A Spirited Guide to the Drinks, History and Culture of the Aperitif and she loves a party!

Paul Rankin – Seasonal Dishes

SUN 3:30 – 4:10 pm

A savoury and sweet dish from the chef who changed the face of culinary Northern Ireland when he brought that country’s first ever Michelin Star back to his restaurant Roscoff. Paul is now equally well-known for his regular appearances  on television in programmes such as  Step up to the Plate (BBC1), Local Food Heroes (UKTV), Saturday Kitchen (BBC1), Ten Mile Menu (ITV1), and Celebrity X Factor (ITV1), and particularly as one of the longest- serving chefs on Ready Steady Cook.