How the Festival is organised

The Christchurch Food Festival was originally organised to celebrate the Millennium and its success encouraged the voluntary organisers to make it an annual event, led by Mary Reader who is the President of the Festival.  In 2017 therefore we are delighted to be celebrating our 18th year of the Festival.

The Festival attracts vital tourism to the town and helps to pump money into the local economy.  It enhances people’s experience of Christchurch, not simply raising the profile of the town but a greater awareness of the goods and services available within it.

For Christchurch, the Food Festival is an exciting and fast-growing culinary and business-led event.   It is organised by a not-for-profit Community Interest Company, with most of the work done by volunteers, and any surplus funds are used entirely for financing the next year’s Festival.

The Festival’s charity – Food Festival Education Trust – has gone from strength to strength and focuses on teaching healthy eating in local schools as well as organising the Kids’ Kitchen – a favourite event every year over the Festival Market Weekend.

Our Chefs

Alex Aitken

H aving opened his first restaurant, Le Poussin, in 1983, Alex taught himself to cook – a fact that Gordon Ramsey noted when he named Le Poussin one of his top 11 favourite places to eat in The Time… Read more

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Our demonstration events are yet to be finalised, please check back closer to May.