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Lymington Seafood Festival’s first ever cookery school with Chris Bavin and Luke Holder still has availability

There is still time to book onto Lymington Seafood Festival’s first ever cookery school next weekend.

There are a mix of adult and kids’ classes on offer at the popular three-day event between Friday 12th and Sunday 14th July.

Budding chefs can join TV presenter and fresh-produce importer Chris Bavin, Lime Wood’s Luke Holder, and Callum Jellicoe from the Balmer Lawn Hotel in Brockenhurst.

TV presenter Chris Bavin at one of his cookery schools
TV presenter Chris Bavin at one of his cookery schools

Tickets cost £25 for children and £45 for adults, with the grown-up sessions culminating in a drinks masterclass and tasting courtesy of Lymington’s Solent Cellar and Hampshire-based vineyard Hattingley Valley. Award-winning drinks and lifestyle writer Helena Nicklin will also be on hand giving expert advice.

Dishes on the menu include Lymington crab linguine, sushi, mussels two-ways, “proper paella”, and seabass with an IOW tomato and chorizo risotto.

Lime Wood's Luke Holder
Lime Wood's Luke Holder

Other local chefs at the festival showcasing their skills on stage are Daniel Rogan from AO; Matt Tomkinson of Stanwell House Hotel; Kelvin Mullins from The Pig Hotel; and former MasterChef: The Professionals semi-finalist Gavin Barnes, from the High Street Kitchen.

Event organiser Richard Nowell said the festival was a great opportunity to “showcase the region’s talented chefs, promote food and drink businesses, and celebrate our brilliant local producers”.

“We have been working with Jen Williams, of Naked Jam, and private chef Martin Dawkins, who are curating the cookery school,” he said. “It’s a real coup to have someone as respected as Luke Holder join us – the chefs line-up is looking pretty epic.

“There are still classes available to book, with everyone receiving a Lymington Seafood Festival chef apron. Kids also receive a finger guard and certificate.”

Festival goers can expect live music all weekend, with over a dozen bands performing pop, Celtic folk, soul, blues, ska and reggae. Friday evening sees a Fleetwood Mac tribute band headlining the stage.

For more information or book a cookery class, visit www.lymingtonseafoodfestival.co.uk

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