Cardiff’s Foodies Festival returns with new thrills and star-studded lineup

Discover why this year’s Foodies Festival at Bute Park is the must-attend event, blending culinary artistry with top-tier entertainment.

There will be plenty of food and drink to make the festival a summer social event.

This May, Bute Park will host the return of the UK’s largest touring food and music festival, featuring an array of new attractions and celebrity performances. From the 10th to the 12th, festival-goers can expect a blend of delicious food, engaging cooking shows, and live music under the Cardiff sky.

Building on its nickname, ‘Gastro-Glastonbury’, the festival introduces a new Lumberjaxe Fire Stage, evening entertainment until 10 pm, and a special performance by the Ibiza Philharmonic. Alongside these, traditional favourites like the Chefs Theatre and the Kids Cookery School remain, ensuring that there’s something for everyone.

Peter Andre, said: “Music, food and warm evenings, the perfect combo! I’m looking forward to performing my favourite songs on the music stage, and I’m thrilled to also be cooking live in-front of an audience with some brilliant chefs. I love getting creative at home and trying out new dishes”

On the Musicians Against Homelessness (MAH) live music stage top artists perform throughout the event and monies raised are donated to Crisis.

Foodies Festival is a celebration of quality local food and drink, launched in Edinburgh in 2006 and now with 14 festivals around the country, making it the largest food and drink festival in the UK.

“Each year we aim to enhance the Foodies Festival experience, and this year, we’ve truly outdone ourselves,” said Emma Rule, the Foodies Festival Media and Marketing Manager . “From star-studded cooking demonstrations to our new fire-cooked gastronomy stage, we’re setting a new standard for culinary festivals.”

For the fifth year running, the festival is supporting Musicians Against Homelessness (MAH) with tickets raising money for UK-wide homelessness charity Crisis. Since 2016 MAH have hosted gigs and festivals in local pubs, music venues and community spaces featuring 1000s of fantastic bands and artists who have kindly performed across the UK. This award winning not for profit organisation has raised close to £400,000 for homelessness services. Around 400 superb headliners and local artists will perform on the MAH main stage at Foodies Festivals in 2024, helping to support the national homelessness charity Crisis. 

 The festival has plenty that children can enjoy including a Children’s Cookery Theatre. All kids under the age of 6 years gain free entry to Foodies Festivals. At this year’s show, there will be vegetarian cooking demonstrations in the Chef’s Theatre, and there will be plenty of vegetarian and vegan food to sample.

At the heart of the festival are the theatres, giving top local chefs the opportunity to show off their cooking skills to their audience, who can take the recipes home with them.

The festival boasts a lineup that includes TV stars and Michelin-starred chefs, such as MasterChef judge Larkin Cen and Chef Patron James Sommerin. These culinary experts will share their secrets, providing entertainment and education to all who attend.

Music will also take center stage with performances by chart-toppers like Peter Andre and the much-anticipated evening acts, ensuring that the festival vibes continue well into the night. For families, the extended Friday hours and new family-friendly programming make it an ideal start to the weekend.

As a key supporter of Musicians Against Homelessness, the festival not only promises great entertainment and food but also contributes to an important cause, helping to raise funds for the UK-wide homelessness charity Crisis.

Tickets are available now, with a range of options suitable for every family. Experience the best of Cardiff’s culinary scene and support a great cause at this year’s Foodies Festival.