THE Great British Food Festival is back at Arley Hall this weekend for a two-day celebration.

The festival, run by an Appleton family,  takes in 13 venues across the UK this summer, with the Arley Hall event – near Lymm and Appleton Thorn – something of a mainstay in the calendar.

Now in its fifth year, the line-up includes more than 100 ‘Best of British’ producers and street food vendors plying their trade on Saturday and Sunday.

There will also be celebrity chef demonstrations, talks, kids’ cookery lessons, great live music, a ‘Cake Off’ competition and Man vs Food challenges as well as a new BBQ stage.

Howard Middleton will be one of the chefs who will also be judging the popular Cake Off, where amateur bakers compete head-to-head in two baking categories. There is still time to enter.

Great British Bake Off favourite Howard said: “I love doing the demos and the Cake Off is great fun.

“It’s brilliant to see what the public can do.”

The main chef demo area hosts great regional and TV chefs, with all demos free to watch so that everyone can pick up top foodie tips.

There are also regular artisan foodie talks, foraging walks and a new barbecue stage for visitors to get involved with.

Dan Maycock, festival director and former Bridgewater High student, said: “We’re thrilled to be back at Arley, it’s always a lovely event with a great crowd.

“We are really keen to push things on for 2019, hence we have more activities going on and a great line-up of chefs.

“The Great British Food Festival has attracted lots of producers showcasing the best in local, seasonal and speciality food and drink.

“It’s a great opportunity to get a real taste of the best of Great British produce – sample, enjoy and buy.

“After you’ve done your foodie shopping, sit out enjoying tasty hot food and a refreshing drink or two, with great live music in the stunning surroundings of Arley Hall.”

The event runs from 10am to 5pm each day, with regular demos including Bake Off’s Sandy Docherty and TV chef Rachel Green.