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Top London chef could cook up a storm at a Gorseinon Food Festival

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: April 23, 2014

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A CHEF from a top London restaurant could be serving up a feast at a major Swansea food event.

Jack Brown from The Ivy may be heading to the Gorseinon Food Festival this weekend.

Jonathan Woolway, who is a chef at St John Restaurant, and hails from Gorseinon, is looking to bring Mr Brown along with him to the event.

A total of 105 food producers have signed up to the festival at the Canolfan Gorseinon in Millers Drive, so far, but scores more are on a waiting list for the event and are reserves for the festival.

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Sian Day, proprietor of the Vintage Tea Company who is one of the event organisers, said the fifth anniversary event would be better than ever.

She said: "We have just heard we are likely to have the chef Jack Brown from The Ivy in London cooking with us.

"It's really helping to put Gorseinon on the map.

"Gorseinon's Jonathon Woolway from St John's Restaurant, will be coming, it's great to see local boys who have gone to London to work and have come and given something back to their roots.

"Bill Sweetman, who is the founder of the food festival, is really delighted to host these people in Gorseinon.

"We've got a waiting list and reserve traders."

She added: "People are waiting to come from all over Wales and beyond. We have had enquiries from London and from up north."

And this year youngsters will be invited to take part in workshops at the venue.

Mrs Day said: "What's new this year is that I will be holding children's cookery workshops.

"We will have all ages involved as long as their mums and dads are supervising them.

"We are going to have a town band, kids entertainment and there will be outside trade stands selling hot food."

There will be music from Llwchwr Town Band and from John Dignam on acoustic guitar.

Free parking will be on offer at the family-orientated festival along with a free park and ride service. A Blue Badge service will operate from the Bako Wales site.

Mrs Day said she believed the event had grown in popularity over the years.

"People have become more interested in where their food is sourced, grown and where it comes from, along with more seasonal produce as well," she added.

The festival will run on Saturday from 10am to 5pm.

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