THE SEVENTH annual Worthing Food Festival is set to be bigger than ever as local chefs serve up a ‘flavour of the seaside’.

The festival, which is free to enter, will have everything from ice cream competitions to seaweed cookery lessons to Punjabi street food, and will feature Masterchef 2018 Champion Kenny Tutt.

Tutt, who is also from Worthing, will be appearing on Sunday to give a special seafood cookery demonstrations and discuss his experiences of winning the televised cooking competition.

Andy Sparsis of the Proto Restaurant Group, who are organising the festival together with the Worthing Town Centre Initiative, said he expected this year’s event to be the biggest one yet.

He said: “It’s really exciting, we’re expecting around 30,000 people to have visited it by the end of the weekend.

“This is the first year we’ve sold out of space for stalls, we expect Steyne Gardens [where the festival will be held] to be absolutely rammed.

According to Mr Sparsis, one of the common themes of this year’s event will be street food.

He said: “It’s about food that people can pick up.

“We want people to try as much food from as many different cultures as possible.

“There’ll be Jersey oysters, a patisserie, pan-Asian cuisine.”

Stalls will be open from 10am to 5pm on both Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th of September.

The festival will take place in Steyne Gardens and entry and demonstrations are free.