Coventry Food Festival: Glynn Purnell & Paul Foster headlining, and guess who’s hosting…?
May 4, 2022

[Disclosure: Coventry BID, which organises the Coventry Food Festival is my client, but I’d probably have banged on about this anyway]

We all love a food festival, and Coventry Food Festival is shaping up to be a pretty marvellous weekend.

Taking place in the city centre from from Friday, 17th June to Sunday 19th June, the festival will offer everything from cooking demos and a packed food market around Broadgate to a ‘Coventry cook-off’ competition.

It will be headlined by top local chefs Glynn Purnell and Paul Foster, with plenty of other great local chefs putting in an appearance. Yours truly will also be hosting, welcoming everyone to the fun and quizzing chefs and traders on why they do what they do.

food festival weekend, organised by Coventry BID, also runs alongside its Music Live event featuring top DJs Paul Oakenfold and Eddie Halliwell and M People’s Heather Small on the Friday and Saturday night. 

The festival will also feature a ‘Coventry Cook Off’ competition running on Saturday and Sunday, compered by local comedian ‘Funny Francis’, which gives local restaurants a chance to cook up a storm in front of a live audience, with the winner receiving a trophy on Sunday afternoon.

On top of all that, there will be plenty of family entertainment across the weekend, including a kids’ workshop, travelling roadshow and an array of entertainers including stilt walkers.

Purnell, who has held a Michelin star for the last 14 years and is a regular on programmes such as BBC One’s Saturday Kitchen, is planning to open a restaurant in Coventry and recently launched pub and restaurant The Mount in Henley-in-Arden, will take to the stage for two free demos on Saturday, 18th June, as part of the fun-packed food festival.

Paul Foster

Fellow Saturday Kitchen regular Paul Foster, who runs Stratford-based Michelin-starred restaurant Salt, will also take to the stage – will be headlining the festival on its opening day on Friday, 17th June.

The Coventry Food Festival will take place from 11am to 5pm on Friday, 17th June, 10am to 5pm on Saturday, 18th June, and 11am to 4pm on Sunday, 19th June, with music acts performing on the Friday and Saturday nights.

Entry to the food festival is free, but tickets must be purchased for Music Live. Early bird tickets have already sold out, but tickets priced £30 remain on sale at the following links:-