Around 110,000 people attended the fourth annual Gloucester Quays Outlet Centre Food Festival held in the historic English city this month.
British baker Paul Hollywood and chef James Martin, both well known as a result of very popular UK television cooking shows, were the star attractions at the three-day event with their sold-out cooking seminars which took place in a ‘cooking theatre’ set up for the event.
The Food Festival, which also saw 110 food and drink stalls set up around the centre and the adjacent docks area along with a Kids’ Cookery School, is believed to be the largest free-to-attend one of its kind in the UK. Attendance was up 16% this year.
Gloucester Quays Outlet Centre, which is owned by Peel Group who also own the Lowry Outlet Centre in Salford Manchester. The Gloucester outlet includes M&S, Gap, Next, and All Saints among its tenant line-up comprising 60 leading retail brands.
TGI Fridays and Coal Grill & Bar have also just announced plans to open units in the centre’s integral new leisure quarter which opened in December 2013. The centre’s leisure element is anchored by a 10-screen Cineworld and The Gym and also includes Zizzi’s, Nando’s, Pizza Express and Ed’s Easy Diner and Portivo Lounge, among others.