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Glorious food!

By This is Gloucestershire  |  Posted: June 18, 2010

  • Stroud Brewery

  • Italian cookery writer Antonio Carluccio will visit

  • The Vanilla Pod Bakery

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A GASTRONOMIC delight with more than 150 exhibitors, wine tasting and live cooking demos takes over Montpellier Gardens this weekend.

The annual Cheltenham Food & Drink Festival is the perfect place to snap up everything from oatcakes to meat, fish, cheeses and chutneys.

There is a Moet & Chandon Champagne Garden where you can enjoy the finest perfectly chilled glass of Champagne and a packed programme of events in the Chefs' Kitchen too with Michelin star chef Martin Blunos and Italian cookery writer Antonio Carluccio.

Popular local restaurants such as Hassans, Parkers Brasserie at Hotel on the Park, Lords of the Manor, Ruby and the Hollow Bottom are all stepping into the limelight too.

In between shopping, you can join experts in the Wine Theatre to take part in informal tutored tastings, sample a wide range of real ale including Stroud Brewery's new Grand in your Hand which is named after Cotswold Care Hospice's new lottery, or relax in the Gaymer Cider Garden while listening to music and watching some street theatre.

The festival is open from noon to 7pm today, 10am to 7pm tomorrow and 10am to 5pm on Sunday.

Daily admission is £6 on the gate. Accompanied children under 15 go free.

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