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Cook up a storm with a Food & Drink Festival masterclass!

Visitors to this year’s Stone Food & Drink Festival on Friday 30th Sept, Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd October will have the chance to get ‘hands on’ with food in some fantastic cookery masterclasses. A new addition to the festival programme 2 years ago, the masterclass kitchen is proving hugely popular, with spaces on the sessions being snapped up quickly.

This year, those inspired by the creations on the Great British Bake Off can try their hand at the art of cupcake decoration in a class led by Beth Lauren Cakes. Stone’s very own ‘Star Baker’, Beth is a trained pastry chef with a degree in Fashion and Illustration, skills evident in her stunning cake designs.

In the masterclass, Beth will guide you step by step through the decoration of two of her velvet chocolate cupcakes, which are then yours to take home. Sessions will run on Friday at 2pm & 5pm, and on Saturday and Sunday at 12.30pm & 2pm and cost £5 per person (on top of Westbridge Park entry).

If cake decorating doesn’t tickle your fancy, there’s also the chance to learn how to create authentic Indian dishes with Stafford’s very own Indian cookery school, iCookIndian. Amarpal and family will offer sessions covering two different Indian classics – both vegetarian so that they have broad appeal – and once again cooks will get to enjoy the fruits of their labours after the class.

In the Channa Masala and Jeera rice masterclass, you’ll discover a dish that blends chickpeas with a host of fragrant spices culminating in a mouth-watering culinary experience. These sessions will take place at 3.30pm on Friday and 10.30am on Saturday and Sunday.


The second iCookIndian masterclass features Tarka Daal and Pilaff rice, which combines lentils with carefully balanced spices for a wholesome, delicious meal to really get the taste buds going.

Sessions take place on Saturday and Sunday at 3.30pm and each of the iCookIndian masterclasses is priced at £8 per person (on top of Westbridge Park entry).

With online sales of masterclass spaces already strong, interested parties are strongly advised to book in advance to avoid disappointment via



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