By Kelly Wickham
Tickets are now on sale for a food and drink festival to be held at Oaklands Park in May.
Tom Kerridge and his chef pals will be bringing tasty dishes and great live music to eight locations across the UK.
At each venue, there’ll be Michelin-starred and award-winning pubs and restaurants, live music, chef demonstrations, shopping and other festival fun.
TV chef James Martin is set to attend the event in the city, and said he was looking forward to coming with a huge variety of food on offer.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with the Chichester Post, he said: “It’s not that far away for me, I’m just down the road!
“Tom Kerridge asked me if I wanted to host a couple of the weekends, and I asked which ones were available.
“I know the area of Chichester really well, I go up to Goodwood and sail around Chichester so I said I would do it!”
James said what made Pub in the Park different was the sheer number of chefs involved.
“The chef line-up is like a who’s who of chefs,” he said. “Food festivals are really popular anyway, and when you combine that with music and everything else it’s just a great idea and it works.
“It’s a simple idea and one that combines great food, great music and things to do and you put all that together and put it into a simple setting, it just works.”
Organisers of the alcoholic event moved its dates because of objections from Chichester Festival Theatre.
Tom Kerridge presents ‘Pub in the Park’ applied for the licence for its event to be held for three days , May 29-31.
The licence included indoor and outdoor films, recorded music, live music outdoors and sale by retail of alcohol.
Following a period of working alongside the theatre regarding concerns about disruption to their planned production schedule, the organisers moved the dates forward to Saturday, May 23, to Monday, May 25, to keep any disruption to a minimum.
James said: “I heard that the organisers had moved the dates and the reasons why. They have tried to please everybody and it’s a good thing that everybody is happy with it.”
The event will be run using a token system, whereby visitors purchase foods via the tokens from a variety of food stands.
“There are so many chefs, Tom Kerridge, Rick Stein, Claude Bosi, Paul Ainsworth – the list of chefs just go on and on and on.
“You get a mix and match of not just local people but chefs from all over the place.
“It’s like a tapas of restaurants. You could have a little fish dish from Rick Stein and then go around the corner and have a French dish from Claude Bosi – that is the great thing about it, it’s not your standard burger stalls or fish and chips, it’s the best chefs around.”
For more information or for tickets, visit: pubintheparkuk.com