Coventry Food Festival: Crowds come out in force for weekend of food and fun
June 21, 2022

Thousands of food and music lovers braved sweltering temperatures and torrential rain to enjoy the 2022 Coventry Food Festival at the weekend.

Sweltering temperatures on Friday and torrential rain on Saturday didn’t stop people piling into the city centre for the three-day event, organised by Coventry BID, which featured demos from top chefs, plenty of street food and drinks, and the first ever ‘Coventry Cook Off’.

The festival returned this year for the first time since 2019 and was headlined by Glynn Purnell and Paul Foster, who whipped up dishes alongside local award-winning chef Sophie Hyam at the cookery theatre hosted by Yours Truly (yes, that’s me).

Glynn Purnell

The theatre was also home to the first ever ‘Coventry Cook Off’, hosted and judged by myself and local content creator ‘Funny Francis’, which saw restaurants and traders whip up a dish of their choice in front of an audience. 

The contest was won by Caribbean restaurant Leave it to Esmie, while other entries included fellow FarGo Village business Bib Noodle Bar as well as Earlsdon’s Bun & Steak.  The cooker theatre also hosted ‘Meet the Trader’ moments giving stallholders the chance to showcase their creations and products and answer any questions.


Coventry Food Festival
Coventry Food Festival

Broadgate was transformed into a thriving food market, with cuisine from around the world including  burgers, mac’n’cheese, Caribbean creations and more. Traders dished up curries, noodles, gyros and paella, with sweet treats including churros, waffles and brownies. For thirsty visitors, several bars served up tasty tipples including beer, cider, cocktails and more. 

The festival offered fun for all the family, including children’s entertainers, balloon modelling and face painting, as well as a DJ playing party-starters to get visitors dancing in front of the famous Lady Godiva statue in Broadgate.

The fun didn’t stop there, with two Music Live events organised by Coventry BID to coincide with the festival – a Friday night dance music extravaganza featuring sets from top DJs including Paul Oakenfold and Eddie Halliwell, while Saturday was headlined by M People’s Heather Small.

Coventry food festival
Coventry Food Festival
Coventry Food Festival
coventry food festival

Joanne Glover, Interim BID Manager at Coventry BID, said: “It’s safe to say a good weekend was had by all. Despite some of the hottest temperatures we’ve seen this year on Friday, contrasted by pouring rain on Saturday that could have stopped play, Coventry came out in force to enjoy great food and drink right here in the heart of our city. 

“From top chefs doing demonstrations to our own great local restaurants showcasing what they do, as well as the opportunity to try food from around the world from our great traders, have a few drinks or pick up some produce, there really has been something for everyone. This year also saw the addition of the Music Live events, which saw hundreds of people enjoy great music at the Assembly Festival Garden on both Friday and Saturday.

“It’s been a real thrill for us to bring the food festival event back to Coventry city centre after being unable to do so for the past two years, so we’re delighted so many people turned out for it. Here’s to making it all even better next year.”