Michelin-star chef Simon Haigh will be among the experts giving their advice at Warwick’s first-ever Food and Film Festival which opens tomorrow (Saturday) and runs all week.
Simon, who won the prestigious star for the Mallory Court Hotel at Harbury, will demonstrate his skills at about 1.30pm tomorrow in Smith Street which will be closed to traffic for the day.
Other chefs passing on tips will be steak specialist Arthur Knight from the Lazy Cow who is expected to take to the stage at 12.30pm and award-winning Rob Hartwell from the Rose and Crown.
Last June Rob was named Pub Chef of the Year and went on to be featured in the BBC’s Masterchef - the Professionals programme.
It was only in March that details of the town’s festival were announced after Warwick barber Paul Evans, film-buff John Martin and local authority press officer Jack Linstead won a grant for £25,000 from Warwickshire County Council.
The cash came from a pot of money set aside to promote higher visitor and shopping interest in the county’s towns.
The founding members of the festival immediately attracted widespread support and within weeks had organised a series of local food suppliers along with a wide series of film screenings.
Their efforts include turning St Mary’s car park in Hampton Road into a drive-in cinema on Saturday night when the cult John Travolta film Grease will be shown.
All 200 free car parking spaces have already been taken up but visitors will be welcome to sit or stand and watch the film, at 8pm, after sampling produce from some of the local food producers available from 4pm.
Also on Saturday St John’s Museum will be the location for a family fun day aimed at children and organised by Networking Mummies UK Ltd.
On Sunday the regular vintage market in Market Place will have a food flavour while the Lord Leycester Hospital will have a sceening of the Marilyn Monroe classic Some Like It Hot at 3.30pm followed by Leonardo DiCaprio in Romeo and Juliet at 7.30pm.
The Rose and Crown is also hosting a rum and reggae night plus a screening of Cool Runnings.
On Monday Bread and Co will also have a film and the bar staff at the Roebuck will carry on with the Grease theme by serving in 1950s style outfits.
On Tuesday there’s a food and quiz night at the Punch Bowl; on Wednesday it’s Bollywood night at Warwick Racecourse from 3pm-10pm and on Thursday you can see Top Gun at an outdoor screening in Market Place starting at 8pm.
Thursday will be the turn of Warwick Castle with Gladiator, Les Miserables on Friday and Mamma Mia on Saturday. Advance tickets cost £12.50p and include early access to the castle grounds.
Warwick Rocks organisers say only a check on their website will give a complete round up. Visit www.warwickrocksfestival.co.uk and see updates on facebook and twitter.