Media release: Edith Bowman, Sean Fletcher and Colin Murray front The Great Food Festival for BBC Two


CELEBRATING food, farming and the countryside, The Great Food Festival will be presented by Edith Bowman, Sean Fletcher and Colin Murray. The presenters will start filming the series from 30th July, kicking off in Scotland.

The Great Food Festival will celebrate the UK’s food, the people and the land that provides it. The series will explore what we eat, where it comes from, when it is produced, who produces it and why it matters.

As the programme visits each nation the presenters will be joined by food enthusiasts Briony May Williams and Leyla Kazim in England; Suzie Lee in Northern Ireland; Julie Lin and Jim Smith in Scotland; and Onkar Singh Purewal, Meinir Howells and Michela Chiappa in Wales.

The programme will explore each nation with plans to visit food festivals across the UK including Nairn Show and Stranraer Oyster Festival in Scotland, Colwyn Bay in the north of Wales, and Cardiff’s vibrant city centre market as well as the Abergavenny Food Festival, Belfast Mela, Ould Lammas Fair, in Northern Ireland, and York Food
Festival and Taste Cumbria in Cockermouth in England.

Edith Bowman comments: “I grew up in a hotel so food has always been part of my DNA. I’m incredibly excited to explore different part of the UK to celebrate the food we produce, not least in my homeland, looking at everything from oysters in Stranraer to livestock in Nairn. I can’t wait to start filming.”

Sean Fletcher comments: “I am so excited to start filming and explore what the UK has to offer when it comes to local food stories, I want to get to know the people behind our food, their produce and their livelihoods.”

Colin Murray comments: “This show is about the people and the places as much as it is about the food. I’m really looking forward to getting to know all three.”

Red Sky will produce 20 x 30 minute episodes for BBC Two (6.30pm, weekdays) and four 5×30′ programmes that will air in each Nation; Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England and will include the VTs from each nation.

The series is a co-commission between BBC Nations and BBC Daytime and Early Peak, the commissioning process was led by Lindsay Bradbury in BBC Daytime and Early Peak in collaboration with Karen Kirby in Northern Ireland: Christina Macaulay in Wales: Tony Nellany in Scotland, and Diana Hare in England.


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