Virtual Food Festival


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An exciting online festival for food lovers, raising money for good causes, featuring chefs such as Rick Stein, Angela Hartnett and others

by Virtual Food Festival in Padstow, England, United Kingdom

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Virtual Food Festival #4

Join us for a food packed weekend! River Cottage author Steven Lamb will be hosting our Virtual Food Festival kicking off this Friday evening with a fringe event with Primrose Herd, and a cookery demo using their pork from Jack Stein.

Over the weekend we will see appearances from Rick Stein, Harry Redknapp, Melissa Hemsley, Jo Wood, Tom Hunt, Anna Haugh and Bruno Loubet with pairings from BinTow Wine and Charlie Stein.

To watch the event live go over to our YouTube channel, and remember to subscribe!

Grab your 'front row' seats in advance

You can win a chance to join any of our others guests on the 'front row' of the live show, giving you unique access to join the demo and chat directly to them – simply pledge on the right-hand side of this page. Your £5 donation will go to our wonderful charities and you could get the chance to speak to your favourite chef during the show.

Watch again: Virtual Film Festival #2

You can watch back our second festival on YouTube, feasturing Rick Stein, Mark Hix, Nathan Outlaw, Gizzi Erskine, Stephen Hendry, Kathy Slack, Sophie Michell and Polly Russell.

It's was hosted by River Cottage author Steven Lamb. Watch below!

Supporting great charities and local suppliers

The Virtual Food Festival brings together the country's favourite foodies online.

Our aim is to support local food and drink suppliers, and two fantastic charities during this challenging time for everybody.

We will be welcoming producers on to a series of live shows and giving you the opportunity to support them. You will have the chance to pledge for their vouchers and produce, with the money going directly to them to help them during this tough time.

Then we will be equally splitting the proceeds of our donations and special rewards between the charities. The St Petrocs Society work to end street homelessness in Cornwall by providing accommodation, support, advice, training and resettlement services to single homeless people. The National Emergencies Trust (NET) has launched a fundraising appeal to help those most affected by the recent coronavirus outbreak.

The event is the brainchild of Jack Stein, chef director at Rick Stein restaurants, Ross Geach of Padstow Kitchen Garden and Lawrence Harmer from Solve Web Media.

Sunday 26 April – Fringe LIVE!

Meet the suppliers – St Enodoc Asparagus and Padstow Kitchen Garden

Asparagus has a really short season, it would be an absolute tragedy for it to go to waste now that the restaurants are closed.

We championed the mighty spears on our first ever Virtual Food Festival FRINGE, streamed live on YouTube. We hosted the show from the fields of St Enodoc Asparagus and Padstow Kitchen Garden, and in Jack Stein's kitchen to learn three ways to cook asparagus to its full potential.

River Cottage author Steven Lamb hosted the event and it was brought to you live on YouTube, and you can watch it again below.

What is the Virtual Food Festival?

We're connecting suppliers with people in a time where local food matters.

This newly formed not-for-profit initiative will continue its work to make food accessible for people in these difficult times, connecting suppliers to customers, raising money for charity and offering fringe events with cooking inspiration, tips and demonstrations along the way.

Our project continues after the success of the first Virtual Food Festival which included headline chefs such as Rick Stein, Angela Hartnett, José Pizarro, Mitch Tonks, Rick Toogood, Ross Geach and Jack Stein.

Ross had an idea to help support local suppliers such as farmers and fishermen who need to find a way to sell directly to the public, and, with the help of friends, the virtual food festival has been created, promoting businesses, and helping people learn how to cook and have some fun along the way.   

When Ross came to Jack and suggested the concept it just made so much sense. It’s a simple idea – whilst restaurants are closed and not able to buy from brilliant suppliers, we can help to showcase their great produce so customers can order directly from them.

Why are we doing this?

We want to help support farmers, fishermen and local food suppliers in these challenging times as well as raising money for St Petrocs and the National Emergencies Trust through the medium of chef demos.

Food suppliers - They mostly have a poor online presence because they largely supply the restaurant business that is currently closed. This is a timely issue for now as they may have fields of food that will go to waste if they are not connected to people that need the food. 

Restaurant/food businesses - They are currently closed and need help to survive C19. We will highlight businesses and help them adapt.

Chefs - Chefs are willing to donate their time to create awareness and offer secret recipes tips and techniques in a time of need.

Create a community - By creating a tribe of people that have an affinity with food and drink, we have a community of food lovers that can help connect others in need.

Benefit the people - People will get access to local, high quality produce. They learn how to use food effectively, Food is accessible in a time of restriction, Tips on saving money with food, how to cook effectively to maximise nutritional value and longevity.

Benefit the environment - Less carbon footprint from travel, less packaging, creating what is needed, not more. Minimising waste from supermarket crops that are left to rot.

Benefit the community - Connecting suppliers with the people will give access to food when supermarkets and online delivery is restricted. Helping suppliers helps feed money into the system

Benefits for all stakeholders:  It is important that there is win for everyone involved. Whether a supplier, a customer, a follower, featured business, a helper. A project for good.

How to donate

Donating is easy, fast and totally secure. Simply donate to help connect people and food or select one or more of the following rewards that suit you!

How to view and join the community

The festival will be streamed live on the Virtual Food Festival YouTube channel For more information please visit

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