The Demonstration Theatre sponsored by Saxe Coburg

The Demonstration Theatre, sponsored by Saxe Coburg, 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 Ambassador, 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 Ambassador, 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.



  • Saturday 12th May

    Join us in the demonstration theatre, sponsored by Saxe Coburg, for a day of great demonstrations with some of the areas best chefs and of course our fabulous festival Ambassador Lesley Waters will be…

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  • Sunday 13th May

    Day two of the demonstration theatre brings you Festival Ambassador Dean Edwards, BBC Apprentice winner Alana Spencer and the fabulous Ms Cupcake along with some of the best local chefs in town! Discover More