Stars and chefs on the menu for annual Clumber Park food festival

Great British Bake Off winner John Waite is appearing at this year's Clumber Food & Drink Festival
Great British Bake Off winner John Waite is appearing at this year's Clumber Food & Drink Festival

The Festival of Food and Drink returns to Clumber Park in Worksop in September.

The event, now in its fourth year, has developed a fantastic following with more than 150 top quality food and drink specialists and experts.

This year the festival, which runs over the weekend of September 17 and 18, will feature Lisa Faulkner, Great British Bake Off’s John Waite and Masterchef’s Dhruv Baker.

There will also be all the usual favourites, including the food & drink marquee, cookery theatre, the school of artisan food and plenty of crafts, walks and play areas for the kids.

Best know for high-profile roles in dramas like Holby City, Spooks and Dangerfield, actress and cookery author Lisa Faulkner won Celebrity MasterChef in 2010 and has since gone on a remarkable food journey.

Her first cookery book, Recipes From My Mother For My Daughter became an instant bestseller, and was followed by more bestsellers with The Way I Cook and Tea and Cake.

Lisa has presented a number of TV programmes, including ITV’s iconic daytime series This Morning, hit Channel 4 daytime show What’s Cooking? with Ben Shepherd as well regularly cooking in the This Morning kitchen.

Lisa is passionate about cooking with children and in 2015 her new series Crash My Kitchen launched on CBBC, in the series Lisa teaches a children and their families how to cook simple and healthy meals.

Festival organiser Bev Channell said: “Lisa joined us last year as a visitor to watch her partner John Torode in action.

“She was so impressed with what she saw, she accepted our invitation to be apart of this year’s festival straight away and we’re really excited to have her on board.”

Former winner of the Great British Bake Off, John Whaite makes his debut at the festival this year and will be appearing on Sunday, September 18.

John is also the resident chef on ITV’s Lorraine, has just launched his third book Perfect Plates In 5 Ingredients, and is currently on screen with top chef Rosemary Shrager on ITV’s Chopping Block.

John also now runs his own cookery school in Lancashire and will be bringing some of those lessons as well as delicious recipes to the cookery theatre with demonstrations throughout the day.

There will also be the opportunity to purchase one of John’s successful recipe book, which John will be available for signing, and to ask him culinary questions in Q&A sessions.

Bev Channell added: “We are delighted to have John join us for this year’s festival.

“Each year we look to invite innovative chefs who can inspire amateur chefs, bakers and food enthusiasts from around the region.

“John is the perfect addition to an exciting line-up of culinary favourites.”

Dhruv Baker will be appearing on September 17.

Dhruv loves all aspects of cooking but his love of spices and using them in ways one wouldn’t expect, has become his trademark.

Since winning Masterchef, he has worked at Le Gavroche, De Librije in Holland, Benares, The Kitchin and Helene Darroze at the Connaught.

His first book, SPICE, was published by Orion Publishing in July 2014.

Dhruv also presents on Waitrose TV and has also been a guest chef on Channel 4’s Weekend Kitchen.

For more details about the festival, including times and ticket prices, visit the website at