Food Festival’s pancake races move to old bowling green in Christchurch

Pancake Day (Tuesday 28 February) will see the old bowling green area opposite the Kings Arms Hotel Christchurch transformed into a race track as chefs, business people and local celebrities grab their frying pans and toss their way to victory in pancake races.

The Christchurch Food Festival is holding the pancake races on Shrove Tuesday to benefit its charity, Christchurch Food Festival Education Trust. Races start at 10.30am.

Building on the success of previous years’ events, the Food Festival committee hopes to encourage more teams to enter this year to raise more money. Entrance fee for teams of four is just £20 while individual chefs are also being encouraged to enter for £5.

Last year’s event saw Penton Motor Group taking the top team prize while Louis Smith, chef at Cheese & Alfies, won the individual chef event.

Vicki Hallam from the Food Festival committee, said: “We’ve moved the pancake races from our previous venue in Church Street to the old bowling green to give the teams a bit more space. We’re very grateful to the Kings Arms Hotel for allowing us to use the space.

We had great fun last year and we’d love even more teams to get involved this year to join in the fun.”

Any teams wishing to enter the pancake races should contact the organiser Cheryl Davies by emailing