Top chefs demonstrate their skills on June 6 and 7 at Eat Reading

PUBLISHED: 11:00 03 June 2014

Eat Reading

Eat Reading


Eat Reading, the month-long celebration of food and dining in Reading, has announced the line up for the live cookery demonstrations for Eat Reading Live, as well as fabulous restaurant and food promotions throughout June.

Eat Reading returns in June for its fifth year, showcasing all that is great about food in the town. It kicks off with a free two-day outdoor festival of food, Eat Reading Live, on 6 & 7 June, which will transform Broad Street and Market Place/Town Hall Square into a foodie paradise.

There will be live cookery demonstrations from around the world in the demonstration kitchen on Broad Street throughout both days. Find out how to cook the best risotto with Kevin Parkes from Carluccio’s and learn about Sardinian cuisine with Toni Sale from Pepe Sale. Fans of Indian food will enjoy demonstrations from Indian Masterchef contestant and owner of Dal Roti, Neha Sarin Grover, while Tutu Melaku will be showcasing Ethiopian cuisine and Mission Burrito will be bringing Mexican food to Broad Street. Dishes from top hotel chefs Marcin Worzolla from Reading Malmaison and Dan Smith from Hilton Reading are also on the menu along with the best from Bucklebury’s Bladebone Inn.

Kevin Little of Smelly Alley Fish Co will be demystifying cooking with fish, Caroline Taylor, food writer and all round food enthusiast, will be kicking off demonstrations on Friday 6 June, and there will also be cocktail flaring and mixology demos from Monroe’s and Mix Bar. Food and flowers go hand in hand on the most elegant dining tables and local florists Sonning Flowers and Cherubs Floral Design will demonstrating the art as part of the live programme.

Alongside the live demonstration kitchen will be stalls from many of Reading’s best known restaurants. There will also be a pop-up street café and a new Artisan Food Market for Reading.

Throughout June, there will also be a series of special events, menus and food promotions in the town centre’s restaurants and bars.

Discount deals

Visit to download special discounts from your favourite restaurants, such as 30% off Sunday lunch at Malmaison, 2-4-1 on burgers and hotdogs at Ed’s Easy Diner, a free June birthday meal at Cosmo, a set 2- course lunch for £8.95 at Bella Italia, 20% off bottled wine at Cemetery Junction’s Abbot Cook, a free glass of champagne at the Madejski Millennium Hotel’s Cilantro Restaurant or a cappuccino and teacake for £3.65 at Boswells. Waterstones are also getting into the spirit with up to £5 off their top cookery books during June.

June’s calendar of events includes live jazz at Carluccio’s and The Abbot Cook, a World Cup warm up at Milk Bar, Bel & The Dragon’s Supper Club or the Bordeaux Dinner at Forbury’s Restaurant and Wine Bar.

Organiser, Jo Keen, of Reading UK CIC, says: “Eat Reading Live is about showcasing Reading’s great food scene and inspiring people to recreate signature dishes from top Reading restaurants and chefs in their own kitchens. There will be live cooking demonstrations and food stalls in Broad Street throughout both days as well as a new artisan food market in Market Place and Town Hall Square. And don’t forget to make the most of the great food offers and events in Reading’s restaurants throughout June.”

Eat Reading Live runs from 10am – 6pm on Friday 6 and Saturday 7 June. Full details of the conditions of all the offers and the downloadable vouchers as well as the calendar of food events can be found at, the definitive guide to Reading’s restaurants, bars and clubs.

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