He’s the celebrity chef whose winning personality and delicious recipes we all love – and now, we have a chance to get a glimpse of James Martin in real life.
45-year-old James will be making a headline appearance at the annual Great Food and Drink Festival 2018, which will take place over the May Bank holiday weekend (26th-28th May). And you could be there!
The three-day festival will this year take place at Rufford Abbey Country Park, in Nottingham. The popular foodie event will see chefs and star guests perform demonstrations and cooking shows, while a range of food and drink tents will also be on offer.
There will also be a collection of special events going on. One for spice fans, The Big Chilli Showdown will debut some of the fieriest chillies around, while The Gin Collection will host plenty of tastings and workshops. Where do we sign up?
Tickets for the Great Food and Drink Festival go on sale tomorrow (1st February), at greatfoodanddrinkfestivals.co.uk – but you’ll want to be quick, as it’s likely they won’t be around for long.
James Martin hasn’t yet commented on the news yet, but the organisers, All About Tourism, have shared their excitement about welcoming James.
Gary Allen, from All About Tourism, said, “We are extremely pleased to have secured such a wonderful chef like James, he’s been on our radar for quite some time but has been extremely busy with his television commitments.
“With the move this year from the castle we wanted to make a big impact at the new site and they don’t come much bigger than James, he’s a very respected chef and very popular one too.”
The festival will also be announcing other star guests in due course.
In a poignant move, it seems James will be following in the footsteps of one of his dear friends, who headlined the festival last year. Late Italian chef Antonio Carluccio took on the prestigious role of headline guest in 2017 – an appearance which proved to be one of his last in public before his death.
James has spoken about his heartbreak over the loss of Antonio, who he counted as a friend.
Writing on his Instagram at the time of his death, James said, “Today the world lost a great man and I lost a great friend,” alongside a picture of him and the renowned cook.
So will you be booking tickets to the festival?