The Demonstration Theatre

The Demonstration Theatre, on Christchurch Quay at the Festival Village is home to free-to- watch demonstrations from both celebrity and local chefs. Over the years we have welcomed lots of great names – James Martin, Gary Rhodes, the Tanner Brothers, Anton Edelman, Jean-Christophe Novelli, Cyrus Todiwalla and many more.

The Demonstration Theatre is the Festival’s opportunity to showcase some of our brilliant award-winning chefs from local restaurants, gastro-pubs and hotels as well as celebrity chefs who love our Festival and come back often!

Much-loved and long-standing Festival patron, Lesley Waters, will be back with new recipes developed at her Lesley Waters Cookery School on the border of Dorset & Somerset. Lesley says that one of her passions in life is teaching people to cook, and so she always motivates the audience with her enthusiasm for great food cooked with excellent ingredients.

The Festival’s other patron, the MasterChef winner and entertaining resident chef on ITV’s ‘Lorraine’, Dean Edwards, will be back again to wow the crowds with his delicious healthy recipes and sparky chat with the audience.


  • This years demonstrations have not yet been finalised, please check back at a later date.

What Now?


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