The food festival you can watch from home, hosted by Rick Stein

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The food festival you can watch from home, hosted by Rick Stein

Published at 6:47pm 1st May 2020.

Rick Stein will lead a virtual food festival from his kitchen, featuring a variety of top chefs.

The event begins at 9am on Sunday, May 3, and will feature Nathan Outlaw, Gizzi Erskine, Sophie Michell, Mark Hix, Kathy Slack and, of course, snooker legend Stephen Hendry.

Rick will broadcast live from his kitchen in Sydney, with demonstrations from chefs every hour during the day.

The festival will be hosted by River Cottage author and presenter Steven Lamb, with some of the proceeds going to a Cornish charity.

As well chef demos, the live stream will cross to fishermen and farmers across the country and include conversations with Jack Stein and food historian Dr Polly Russell.

The brainchild of Ross Geach from Padstow Kitchen Garden, the first Virtual Food Festival was held on Easter Monday and organised in less than a week.


With the support of Jack Stein, the not-for-profit initiative has now partnered with Crowdfunder and aims to make food accessible for people in these challenging times, connecting suppliers to customers, raising money for charity and offering virtual food events with cooking inspiration, tips and demonstrations along the way.

Jack Stein, Chef Director at Rick Stein restaurants, said:

“We’re so grateful to these amazing chefs for getting involved and supporting our initiative. Our aim is simple, we want to showcase the wonderful food and drink we’d usually use in our restaurants that is now available for consumers to enjoy straight from the suppliers. We’re also raising money for the National Emergencies Trust Appeal and St Petrocs Homeless Society in Cornwall – and I expect we’ll have some fun along the way too.”

Virtual festival goers can also book a front row seat for £2 allowing ticket holders exclusive access to be invited to speak with the chefs on the stream - all monies raised from ticket sales is being donated to St Petrocs Homeless Society in Cornwall.

More information at

Book front row seats at

Watch live on YouTube via the Virtual Food Festival channel

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