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Glittering line-up of celebrity chefs for Padstow Christmas Festival

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: November 09, 2012

Rick Stein will be among the famous chefs taking part in Padstow festival

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With the festive season just around the corner, one Cornish town has pulled together a glittering line-up of celebrity chefs for their Christmas festival.

This year organisers of Padstow Christmas Festival will have Rick Stein, Brian Turner, Phil Vickery and Angela Hartnett, along with food writer Mark Hix.

The event takes place over a three-day period from Friday December 7.

Set around the picturesque harbour of the North Cornish fishing town, the festival attracts thousands of visitors every year who enjoy family-friendly Christmas entertainment, live music and festive food.

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Tina Evans, festival organiser said: "The festival is now in its fifth year and has continued to go from strength to strength.

"The timetable is jam- packed for 2012 and the festivities are spread across the whole town, with many local businesses and restaurants running special offers.

"The support we have received from local chefs, in particular Rick (Stein) and The Seafood Restaurant, has been unbelievable.

"It is wonderful to have such big name chefs coming to Padstow to appear at our festival."

Following their popular debut last year, a series of food forums will again feature at the festival.

The forums will see some of the country's leading industry professionals debate contemporary food issues in front of a live audience.

Originally the idea of Padstow's resident chef Rick Stein, this year's forums will look at topics such as the real price of milk and women in hospitality.

Mr Stein said: "The food forums always create lively debate.

"I am particularly looking forward to joining Brian Turner to discuss the real price of milk, which hit the headlines earlier this year.

"I'll be along to see Elizabeth Carter, consultant editor of the Good Food Guide telling us what she thinks of Trip Advisor and similar websites."

For more information and the full programme visit www.padstowchristmasfestival.co.uk

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