James Martin & Mich Turner headline Festival of Food and Wine Race Weekend

Foodies and racegoers alike are invited to Ascot’s Festival of Food and Wine Race Weekend (Friday 4th – Saturday 5th September 2015), a two day culinary celebration that runs alongside racing that forms part of the final days of the Flat season at Ascot Racecourse.

This year, chef and TV personality James Martin will be headlining the event for the third year on Saturday 5th September, with Founder of Little Venice Cake Company and the ‘Queen of Couture Cakes’, Mich Turner MBE, making her headlining debut on Friday 4th.

Martin will be demonstrating two of his dishes for Grandstand and Premier Admission racegoers on Saturday at the live Cookery Theatre, as well as acting as a judge for the Great Ascot Cake Stakes, which invites racegoers to bring along their own cake creations to be judged at the event. Winners will receive a Fine Dining experience for two at an Ascot raceday of their choice in 2015*.

Racegoers can also look forward to an exclusive three course menu and afternoon tea from Martin, which he will be serving at Ascot’s spectacular restaurant, On5 on Saturday 5th September only, where guests can enjoy his British recipes with a panoramic view across the racecourse.

James Martin said, “I’m really looking forward to returning to the Ascot Festival of Food and Wine Race Weekend. It’s a cracking day out and combines racing with the opportunity to try some of the best in local cuisine. We always have great fun at the cooking demonstration and I hope to see everyone there.”

New to the Festival in 2015 is Mich Turner MBE, the Founder of Little Venice Cake Company which designs couture wedding, birthday and celebration cakes. Turner will be headlining the live Cookery Theatre on Friday entertaining racegoers with a series of baking demonstrations, as well as judging the Great Ascot Cake Stakes competition alongside James Martin on the second day of the Festival.

Mich Turner said, “This is going to be my first year at the Ascot Festival of Food and Wine Race Weekend and I am thrilled to be a part of it. I’ll be hosting a series of baking demonstrations on Friday in between races for racegoers and will be back on Saturday too to judge the Great Ascot Cake Stakes. I can’t wait.”

Alongside a seven race card, featuring one of the country’s most valuable mile-and-a-half handicaps, the £100,000 Appletiser Handicap Stakes,on Saturday, racegoers can also look forward to a host of local and international produce from food stalls on both days including Chocolate Tree, Fabulous Fud ge, Just Biscuits, Chillies2u, Cake Hole, Sweeney & Todd and Chiltern Natural Foods.  Plus the opportunity to sample some of the finest international wines, including a Royal Ascot selection, at the Wine Festival hosted by connoisseurs Bibendum.

Nick Smith, Head of Communications and International Racing at Ascot Racecourse said: “The Festival of Food and Wine Race Weekend has been a great hit in the past, which is why we have now added another day to the event. The weekend promises to put the sharpest focus on the combination of great food and competitive racing, giving racegoers the chance to see up-close how top chefs operate.

“The amount of international food and wine on offer at the Festival highlights our continued commitment to delivering excellence in the food and Fine Dining experience at all of our race days.”


*Competition prize is subject to availability and excluding BCD.


Tickets for the Festival of Food and Wine Race Weekend can be purchased online. Prices start from just £15 for Grandstand Admission and £20 for Premier Admission if booked in advance. Gates open at 11am.

Fine Dining and Private Boxes start from £150 + VAT per person.

A special James Martin Demo Package is also available for £50, including a reserved seat for his demonstration, Premier Admission and a gift bag.

Accompanied children under 18 years of age gain free entry at all Ascot race meetings.

To book tickets or for further information, please call 0844 346 3000 or click here.