STAFF at The Kings Arms are gearing up for the Christchurch Food & Wine Festival, from May 10 to 11, which looks set to be bigger and better than ever.

New for 2014 is a Live on the Lawn family fun day on Sunday, May 11 with live music, interactive theatre from the Minky Moos’ Pirates and Princesses performers, a circus workshop, giant inflatable slide, face-painting and food from street market traders.

The community event is supported by local partners including The Regent Centre, Fairtrade, FilerKnapper, Waitrose and William Thompson.

The Kings will also be hosting this year’s Great Christchurch Bake Off Day in its Kings Pavilion where amateur and professional bakers are invited to show off their culinary skills.

Adult categories include chocolate cake, scones, meringues, Dundee cake and novelty cake, children’s categories include cupcakes, gingerbread men and novelty cake and there are no entry fees.

Other highlights include a celebrity lunch with award-winning chef Cyrus Todiwala, a special two year anniversary Supper Club with chef patron Alex Aitken, head chef Ian Gibbs and general manager Lukasz Dwornik, as well as a master chef cooking class and knife skills lunch.

For further information, or to enter the Great Christchurch Bake Off, visit

The picture shows Carly Simmerling, Ellie Simmerling and Sam Hoye as cow and maids, Penny Amey as the princess, with Lukasz Dwornik and Ian Gibbs.