Stroud Festival of Food & Drink

Stroud Festival of Food & Drink


What's on?

Friday 20th May 2021 

7pm - Jay Rayner: My Last Supper 

Imagine you are about to die. You have one meal left. What are you going to have?

It’s the question award-winning restaurant critic, MasterChef judge and writer Jay Rayner has been asked most often by audiences across the UK. It happened so often that he decided the time had come to investigate the concept of the last supper and why it intrigues us so. Is it because of the opportunity it presents us with to let your appetites run riot? Or is it because it’s a greedy way in which to tell the story of your own life? And if so, what would a man like Jay Rayner, who for two decades has made a living eating out in restaurants, choose to put on the menu?


Saturday 21st May 2021 


11am - Loyd Grossman 

Loyd Grossman is Chairman of The Royal Parks and Chairman of Gresham College. He was born in Boston in 1950 and graduated from Boston University (BA), the London School of Economics (MSc Econ) and Magdalene College, Cambridge (PhD, MPhil).

He began writing for a number of music publications - including Rolling Stone, Fusion, and Vibrations - while an undergraduate. After starting a full time career in journalism with Harpers & Queen and the Sunday Times he was diverted into television where as a writer, presenter or deviser he was involved in a wide range of programmes including Through the Keyhole, MasterChef, Behind the Headlines, History of British Sculpture, Loyd on Location and Build Britain, He also wrote and presented a series, Composers at Home, for Radio 3.

Loyd’s knowledge of and fascination with food led him to create his own brand in 1995, which became Britain’s most successful new premium food brand.



12.30am - Jack Stein: Shellfish 

1.30pm - Jack Stein: Fish 

2.30pm - Jack Stein: Molluscs 

Jack was born in Cornwall and is the middle son of three boys. He began his career in the hospitality industry as a kitchen porter during school holidays in The Seafood Restaurant kitchen. At 16 he moved to front of house where he remained throughout his education. Jack completed a BSc in Psychology and an MA in Ancient History at Cardiff University.

Upon completing his masters in 2003, he then returned to The Seafood Restaurant as commis chef. After two years he took up the position of sous chef at Rick Stein’s Café for another year.

Following this, Jack then went on to Paris to stage at La Régalade, which ignited a passion for travel and a period of stage work all over the world. During this time, Jack travelled to Australia for an extended stay at Tetsuya’s in Sydney, before exploring the Far East and Japan.

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4.45pm - Rustie Lee 

Making her name and her reputation as Britain’s No. 1 authority on Caribbean cookie during an eight year residency on TVam and becoming the first ever black presenter of a Saturday night prime time network entertainment show, Rustie has graced Britain’s TV screens since the mid1980’s and has become a household name.

She is known for her delicious recipes as well as her vibrant personality and infectious laugh. Her programmes are associated with fun and having a good time whilst learning something new.

Rustie will be creating fabulous Caribbean dishes in her food demonstration as well as taking part in what promises to be a very lively Q and A session. Expect to be hugely entertained.



5.30pm - Oz Clarke: Masterclass 

Oz Clarke is one of the world’s leading wine experts, whose formidable reputation is based on his extensive wine knowledge and accessible, no-nonsense approach. His passion for the subject dates from his student days at Oxford University, where he won tasting competitions at a precociously early age.

Since then his tasting skills have won him an international reputation and he is acknowledged as having one of the finest palates of anyone writing about wine today. He brings a refreshingly unorthodox wit and directness to the subject and has won all the major wine writing awards both in the UK and the USA.

So come and join Oz and another 30 people in the George Room for an intimate hour of wine tasting tips, chat and opinion and of course, wine. This event is in association with our fabulous partner, Portabar.



7pm - Oz Clarke: Guide to Wine 

Infinitely knowledgeable and always entertaining, Oz will help you beat a path through the often confusing minefield of wine appreciation. So if you want to learn more about this rather lovely subject, there is no better person to take you on this journey.

‘Clarke has a remarkably acute palate, a refreshingly unpretentious attitude about wine and the writing talent to bring it all to life on the printed page.’
Wine Spectator



Sunday 22nd May 2021 


10.45pm - Matt Pritchard: Dirty Vegan 

Formerly known as the front man of MTV’s Dirty Sanchez, Matt has left his pranking days behind for his love of vegan food, health and fitness.

He released his debut vegan cookbook Dirty Vegan in December 2018, described by Waitrose magazine as having universal appeal. Coinciding with the first book release, Matt’s very own series Dirty Vegan, premiered on BBC 1 Wales to wide acclaim. The series features Matt cooking a variety of exciting dishes to win over the Welsh public. From a hearty vegan Paella for a women’s rugby team, to tasty energy fuelled meals for school dinners. His mission? To make Wales fitter, healthier and stronger. Convincing the public that plant-based food can be a sustainable lifestyle option!



12:45pm - Laura Rowe 

Laura Rowe joined the olive magazine family as editor in 2015. In the same year she published her debut book, the now internationally acclaimed, Taste: The Infographic Book of Food. Having worked as a journalist in the UK for more than a decade, Laura started in local publishing where she was eventually to edit five freemium lifestyle magazines, before specialising in food. She’s written for the Guardian and, among others, and edited regional food magazine Crumbs, which was named the Guild of Food Writers Food Magazine of the Year during her tenure. She’s also worked behind the scenes writing, editing, testing and styling numerous best-selling cookery books. In 2017 she was named a FIPP Rising Star, and food and drink editor of the year by the BSME in 2018. Laura lives in East London, has a phobia of baked beans and is addicted to gin (in dirty martinis, negronis, and with Schweppes tonic, if you’re asking). With a family tree extending to India, Laura will often be found seeking out the best Indian restaurants in the UK.



2pm - Romy Gill

Romy Gill MBE is a British/Indian chef, food writer, and broadcaster based in South West England. She was the owner and head chef at Romy’s Kitchen. In 2016 she was appointed an MBE in the Queen’s 90th birthday honours list.

Romy is joining the new series of Ready Steady Cook on BBC One and has previously appeared on Celebrity MasterChef, The Hairy Bikers’ Comfort Food, James Martin’s Saturday Morning and James Martin’s Great British Adventure, BBC The One Show and Sunday Brunch.



3.15pm - Geetie Singh Watson

Geetie Singh-Watson is a founder of organic pubs and inns. The founder of the first official organic pub in Britain, The Duke of Cambridge Organic Pub, in Islington, London.

In 2009, she was awarded an MBE for ‘Services to the Organic Pub Trade’. An active campaigner and environmentalist, Geetie firmly believes that businesses must act responsibly and be led by their ethics and values. Geetie’s fourth organic pub, The Bull Inn, Totnes, opened in November 2019. Radical and sustainable to its core, the eight bedroom inn is a beacon of hope for sustainable hospitality. Everything has been thought through for minimal environmental impact, from reclaimed furniture, upcycled curtains to organic linens and locally crafted lamps, but not a hothouse or imported flower in sight.



5pm - Terry Walton 

Since the age of four, when his dad first took him to his allotment, Terry has had a 'growing' desire to garden. He took his first allotment at the age of eleven and has been on the same allotment site for over fifty years.

Terry regularly joins Jeremy Vine on his radio show to provide gardening tips and will be bringing his down to earth and back to basics knowledge and ethos to his show.



7pm - Ken Hom's Asain Flavours 

Ken Hom OBE is the man who showed the British how to cook Asian food. A leading authority on Chinese cuisine, he is one of the most respected and celebrated TV chefs of all time. His phenomenal success is easily measured. He is the author of almost 40 books, which have inspired millions of home cooks around the world. In Britain alone, the Ken Hom wok is found in one in seven kitchens. Ken Hom, who resides in France and in Thailand but travels tirelessly all over the world, continues to appear regularly as celebrity chef, write new books and keep an involvement with restaurants worldwide. He has presented seven UK television series launching his career over 35 years ago with Ken Hom’s Chinese Cookery. His most recent book is his autobiography ‘My Stir Fried Life’ – published in English and Chinese and available from Amazon, a high-spirited, life-enriching feast where the chopsticks never stock clattering, the platters are always abundant, and dreams – no matter how ridiculously unbelievable – can and do come true.