Big names including Prashad and My Lahore will be cooking up a storm this weekend at Taste:BD food and drinks festival in Bradford city centre.

City Park and Centenary Square in Bradford city centre will be bustling with families and foodies over the course of the Bank Holiday weekend (Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 April).

The heart of the city centre will be transformed and filled with over 45+ food, drink and craft partners as well as a packed schedule of masterclass cooking sessions.

Some newly rejuvenated carnival floats from Bradford’s proud festival heritage will join the party and serves as giant centrepieces to the festival.

Undoubtedly one of the main draws for the event will be masterclass session being run by some of the region’s most famous foodie names – with Prashad, My Lahore, Hullabaloo, La Caverna, Andie’s African Kitchen, The Canteen and Opportunity College all cooking up a storm in the Masterclass Tent. Inn Churches Cooking Hub will also be leading a special kids masterclass.

Prashad restaurant was a finalist in Gordon Ramsay’s Best Restaurants in 2010, has held two AA Rosettes since in 2015, named in the Good Food and Michelin Guides, winning the Bib Gourmand since 2014, the Yorkshire Life Chef of the Year in 2013, Morrison’s Magazine Great Grub Award 2013, the Oliver Awards Best Indian Restaurant 2014. They most recently featured on The Hairy Biker’s Go Local TV programme.

Masterclass places are filling up fast, so sign up early to avoid missing out:

Taste:BD will run from 12pm – 6pm on Saturday 29 April and 11am – 6pm on Sunday 30 April, with the bar section of the festival in Centenary Square staying open until 10pm on both days.

The earlier Sunday start time aims to tie in with Bradford BID’s Super Soapbox Challenge that will end on Tyrell Street, just above City Park where Taste:BD is being held.

Nicola Greenan, Strategic lead for City of Culture, Policy and Events from Bradford Council said: “We’re really excited to welcome people into Bradford city centre and hope they enjoy the range of food, drink and art and craft offerings that will be provided. It’s a chance for people to get together and celebrate the wealth of cuisines, art, culture, and heritage the district holds.”

Eddie Kean, Director of Raven Staging/Event Manager for Taste:BD: “It’s been a pleasure to collaborate with so many different Bradford businesses for Taste:BD and showcase what the district has to offer. We’re really excited to see people engage with the cooking masterclasses and hopefully learn some new skills in the process!”

Taste:BD is being organised by Raven Staging in partnership with Bradford Council.

Road closures will be in place over the weekend in the city centre for this event and the Super Soapbox Challenge which is taking place on the Sunday.