A THREE-DAY festival for food fanatics is coming to Brighton this weekend.

Dubbed Gastro-Glastonbury, the Foodies Festival is due to be held in Preston Park on September 24, 25 and 26.

The event will be a celebration of food, drink, music and theatre, with a line-up featuring MasterChef and Great British Bake Off stars and pop-rock band Scouting For Girls.

A number of award-winning chefs are due to take part including MasterChef winners Tom Rhodes, Alex Webb and Thomas Frake, as well as GBBO’s Dave Friday and MasterChef finalists Mike Tomkins and David Rickett.

The Argus: Foodies Festival is due to take place in Preston Park, Brighton Foodies Festival is due to take place in Preston Park, Brighton

Local chefs will also be in attendance, along with Great British Menu winner Michael Bremner and MasterChef 2018 champion Kenny Tutt, who has gone on to open two new restaurants this year - Ox Block in Brighton’s Shelter Hall and Bayside Social in Worthing.

Kenny said: ’’I’m so pleased that this food loving festival has returned to my doorstep here on the South Coast.

“I’m very much looking forward to showcasing some lovely recipes and interacting with the brilliant Foodies crowd again’.”

Tom Rhodes, recently crowned champion of MasterChef 2021, said he is also excited to be joining the line-up this year.

“I’m a huge fan of Foodies Festival, so I’m over the moon that it’s back this year,” he said.

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“As well as all the amazing food, drinks and live music, I’ll be there and can’t wait to share my favourite recipes and quick kitchen tricks.

“Foodies Festival really feels like the perfect way to kick back and celebrate this summer and I’m so excited to meet everyone in Brighton.”

On the musical line-up alongside Scouting For Girls will be Lady Gaga tribute act Maybe Gaga and Killers tribute band The Killerz.

The Argus: Roy Stride, frontman of Scouting For Girls Roy Stride, frontman of Scouting For Girls

Scouting For Girls frontman Roy Stride said: “After a long, dismal year away from touring and seeing our fans, we’re all hugely excited to be playing Foodies Festival in Brighton.

“We’ll be playing all of our favourite songs to a real-life crowd, as the sun sets on a perfect day out. The fact that we’ll all be able to sample an amazing smorgasbord of food and drink from around the world is another great bonus.”

Food on offer will include dishes from Japanese Bao Buns to traditional Hawaiian barbecues, with a drinks theatre, cocktail making masterclasses, a shopping village and a street food avenue also available to explore.

There will also be the annual chilli eating contest, featuring a world record attempt from the reigning UK champion.

Festival Director Sue Hitchen said: “I’m delighted we are returning to Brighton this year, bringing top chefs to cook live and big name music acts to our stage.

“As we are outdoors and in local parks we are able to plan Covid safe festivals, and our experienced Health and Safety team are working closely with local councils across the country to make sure we take all appropriate measures and follow government guidelines to keep everyone safe.

“There has never been a better time to support local restaurants and food producers and we are all ready to enjoy a fun day out with friends.’

Tickets tart at £19 for adults, while children under the age of 12 go for three when accompanied by an adult.

More information can be found on the Foodies Festival website.