Cooking Fun and New Healthy Eating Trails on the Menu for Children at Food Festival


Junior visitors to the region’s biggest foodie event will have the opportunity to get stuck in and have a go at a wide range of free cookery and food-themed activities.

Mold Food & Drink Festival has teamed up with Tesco’s ‘Eat Happy Project’ to bring a new dimension to children’s interactive sessions this year with Farm to Fork Healthy Eating Trails.

The Trails, which take around forty-five minutes, are designed to help children aged four to eleven to learn about where their food comes from, how to make healthy food choices and avoid eating too much sugar. Children will have fun getting involved with tasting and making their own healthy snacks and will receive a certificate and a goody bag to take home.

In addition to the Trails, the popular Love Food Children’s Cookery School & Food Science Lab returns to the Festival with more foodie activities for children of all ages. Throughout the weekend, children can participate in cookery workshops to make a range of tasty, new dishes including vegetable cupcakes, savoury scones and flapjacks. The food science sessions will involve experiments such as inflatable balloons, bicarb rockets, and jelly explosions.

There will be five Trails on Saturday and four on Sunday, and a combination of four cookery workshops and food science sessions per day. All the activities will be led by qualified staff, and home economic students from local high schools will be on hand to assist in the cookery school and food science lab.

Due to anticipated high demand for spaces, a pre-booking system is now available for both the Trails and the Children’s Cookery School & Food Science Lab to enable parents to secure a place for their child.

John Les Tomos, Festival Chairman, said: “As a Festival we are keen to encourage activities that promote healthy eating, so we are delighted to be introducing the new Farm to Fork Trails this year. They are all about encouraging children to develop healthy eating habits from an early age which is so important to their future health. Together with the cookery school and food-themed experiments, I feel we really do have an excellent range of interactive sessions for children that are interesting, educational and fun at the same time.

“We have been working hard to best utilise the space available on site and have moved the cookery school to a new location which we believe will work even better. It will be in a dedicated marquee just adjacent to the main cookery theatre, and the Trails will be in another separate marquee on the opposite side, so there will be plenty of space for all the activities.

“Once again, it’s great that we have so many local producers attending as this gives children another opportunity to see and find out more about the food that is grown or made in this area.”

Full details and times for all the sessions mentioned above, please visit the Festival’s website. To pre-book a place(s), please contact Helen Perry by emailing with the name(s) of your child/children and the session(s) you wish to book.

As well as a huge choice of almost a hundred and forty exhibitors, a record number, visitors will also be able to sample delicious street food, watch inspirational celebrity chef cookery demonstrations in the cookery theatre and enjoy live music on the outdoor stage.

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