Meet our hosts and experts...
Get ready to kick off the festive season in the most inspiring and entertaining way possible! The Country Living Christmas Fairs 2023 have already lined up an incredible group of foodie experts that will leave you feeling inspired and refreshed. From top-notch hosts to the best in the industry, this year’s event promises to be an unforgettable experience. So get ready to indulge in all the festive fun and take a peek below to see the incredible names already confirmed.
Self taught chef Marcus Bean’s passion for cooking drove him to win Iron Chef UK in 2010. Following his success on the show, Marcus has been a regular chef on ITV’s “This Morning”.
Marcus and his wife run the fabulous Brompton Cookery School situated in Shrewsbury, Shropshire. The school offers courses with Marcus and other chefs for all abilities, from Baking through to Foraging.
Becky Wilkinson helps some of Britain’s best-loved TV chefs bring their dishes to our screens, as a home economist and stylist she has worked on some of the biggest cooking shows in the UK.
Becky has appeared on the Channel 4 program ‘Tried and Tasted – the Ultimate Shopping List’, joining food experts including Michel Roux Jr, Jay Rayner and Giles Coren to blind taste test some of the nation’s favourite dishes as well as the BBC’s ‘Eat Well For Less’ where she encouraged the nation to become more comfortable with using fish at home.
Victoria Onions works as a Home Economist and Private Chef. Trained in Paris and based in Warwickshire. For her, there is nothing more satisfying than seeing people brought together over a shared love for good food.
Introducing Renu, a food content creator renowned for her simple, speedy, budget-friendly vegetarian recipes. As a food waste blogger, she passionately shares valuable sustainability tips.
Sara Ward is the founder of Hen Corner, an urban smallholding nestled in West London. Complete with 22 hens, three colonies of honey bees, a fruitful kitchen garden and a micro bakery which is making up to 100 loaves of bread each Friday along with hundreds of sticky buns, cakes and savoury treats.
Whilst Sara and the family continue to expand their hands-on skills, they train and encourage others through their schools programme, writing, and series of courses that are run from Hen Corner throughout the year.
With a combined 20 years working with Artisan cheese and both lifelong cheese lovers, The Cheese Connection, a fully mobile cheese business was started by Luke and Alex in late 2022 with the aim to spread the word about the fantastic Artisan cheese made in this country and tell the stories of the amazing people who make them.
Steffi Stern feels passionate about crafting and is often heard saying that ‘there is no craft police’ encouraging people young and old to let their creativity flow and break out of crafting traditions.
Steffi runs The Makerss together with her business partner Sophie Buckley who co-authored their first book Making Needle Felted Animals.