The Eat and Be Food Experience

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We’re really taking the Weston Super Food Festival Demo Kitchen to new places for 2017. Not only do we have a new venue, but a whole new concept to satisfy every foodie festival-goer! Welcome to the Eat&Be experience!
So what is this? Well, in addition to providing the cream of local chefs cooking with inspiring ingredients, we are aiming to provide a diverse programme of amazing food events for you to enjoy across the whole weekend!
From hands on workshops, tasting sessions, debates and discussions to ‘Meet the Producer’ showcases – all designed to challenge, inform, as well as quieten those rumbling tummies. Celebrate Somerset with us, learn about our amazing food heritage and send your senses on a culinary journey.
Your hosts will be Helen Smith Founder of the Eat & Be blog ( and Steve Ashworth, “Taste of the West” judge, SW Chef of the Year 2013 and foodie extraordinaire. They are both passionate about raising awareness of local food and producers.

Eat and Be Food Experience
Welcome to our new Food Experience Theatre created, hosted and compered by West Country foodies Helen Smith and Steve Ashworth. Prepared to be taken on an exciting, delicious, and multi- sensory, culinary journey!
Helen Smith is the founder of Eat&Be, a blog about sourcing, cooking and eating local food. In 2015, Helen left her desk job to concentrate more on her young family and local food projects, including demonstrating at last years’ Weston Super Food Festival. Inspired by this opportunity, Helen became the creative force behind this years’ Eat&Be Food Experience Theatre & Good Taste Bar. Helen’s aim is to offer festival-goers more than just cookery demonstrations, instead hoping to bring a variety of talks, tastings and workshops delivered by not just chefs, but producers, local businesses and members of the community. Helen has been hugely supported in putting together the theatre programme by Steve Ashworth as well as the Weston Super Food Festival team. Helen is always interested to hear about any food projects or opportunities in Somerset. Visit the blog
Steve Ashworth is one of the South West’s most well-known foodie faces. He has a passion for good food that is unmatched, and will be a familiar face to anyone who has eaten out in the South West, or attended a food event. Steve lives in Taunton and works in Bristol. A tax specialist by trade, Steve’s reputation as more than a gifted amateur was cemented in 2013 when he won the title of South West’s Best Dish at the South West Chef of the Year competition. Steve is also a food judge for Taste of the West, Guild of Fine Foods, Bristol and Bath Food Awards, Organic Food Awards and Western Daily Press. He has done several food demonstrations where local producers and manufacturers are key to his dishes and is a regular host on food demo stages; most recently Bristol Food Connections and Bath and West Show. Steve has also organised some charity pop up restaurants, utilising his contacts to bring some top chefs to Taunton and Bristol and supports many of the local food festivals. Steve believes in using food that is both local and seasonal and will be bringing these ingredients to the demo stage and his own style of home cooking.