Phil Vickery launches Gloucester Quays Food Festival
HOMEGROWN cookery star Phil Vickery had his cake and ate it at Gloucester Quays Food Festival yesterday.
The rugby player turned Celebrity Masterchef champion was surrounded by food glorious food at the first day of the event.
He showed off his skills in the kitchen, whipping up lamb couscous during a live cookery demonstration.
And the former England captain also got to sample the delights on offer at the numerous food stalls.
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He said: "It's amazing to see this going on in Gloucester.
"I love cooking and hope people go away from today and want to have a go.
"I'm a bit of a control freak in the kitchen but all you really need is a few simple ingredients and passion for the food."
He was looking forward to sinking his teeth into some local sausages, which are his favourite food, along with Marmite and marmalade on toast. Hundreds of visitors also went along to have their tastebuds tickled.
Heather Foster, from Gotherington, said: "I'm so surprised at how many different stalls there are. I had no idea we had all this in the area."
Scrumptious cake was served up at The Wandering Teapot cafe and sizzling sausages were dished up by Farmhouse Deli.
A live band played on the stage near Pimms and Moet and Chandon stalls.
There were also fresh strawberries and cream and 8oz beef burgers from The Parson's Nose. Neil Reader, from Rossmore Oysters, enjoyed serving up the slippery seafood to customers.
He said: "We've had quite a few first-timers try them today and they seem to be going down well."