Food festival chefs - Nadiya Hussain - photo from Nadiya’s Kitchen, Penguin books

Nantwich Food Festival organisers have shrugged off the disappointment after celebrity chef Nadiya Hussain cancelled her appearance.

The winner of BBC’s Great British Bake Off was due to be one of the main attractions at the three-day festival starting on September 2.

But she has been forced to pull out due to family illness.

Now organisers are hopeful their plans for the opening Family Day on Friday will help overcome that disappointment.

And that includes the appearance of CBeebies host Katy Ashworth, who will be entertaining families with three fun-packed shows.

Christine Farrall, Festival Chair, said: “It’s a huge shame that Nadiya cannot join us.

“But everyone is excited that Katy has stepped in to bring her passion and energy to the festival.

“The opening day is all about families, so having a much-loved presenter from children’s TV is a real bonus.

“Everyone has worked tremendously hard once again to deliver a truly outstanding festival package and we cannot wait to get things started.”

Nantwich Food Festival circus acts

The three-day spectacular begins this Friday (September 2) with a programme of events aimed at families, children and local community groups.

Free cookery shows and demonstrations will take place in the AGA Food Theatre based in the town centre.

Nantwich is expected to be packed as visitors enjoy colourful exhibitor stands, craft stalls, tasting events, interactive displays and street performances.

Jugglers, stilt walkers and clowns will feature in circus workshops during the afternoon.

Musical acts will perform on two stages throughout the day, while buskers will add to the festival atmosphere as they mingle with the crowds.

The culinary programme also includes talented local chefs who will showcase their skills using the best ingredients from around the county.

Nantwich Food Festival food stalls

Emma Shawcross, from Cheshire Cookery School, will serve up kid-friendly goodies using locally-produced Mornflake Oats.

Jonathan Berry, from the Combermere Arms, will produce a selection of pub favourites.

And local ice cream farm Snugburys will get creative with ice cream in conjunction with South Cheshire College.

The early evening celebrations will kick off with performances by children’s choirs and dance groups in the Cocoa Yard from 6pm.

Nantwich Food Festival children's groups

Entertainment will continue around the town until 8pm.

This year’s Nantwich Food Festival will take place from Friday September 2 to Sunday
September 4.

For further information about the festival, visit www.nantwichfoodfestival.co.uk

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