Caribbean Flavours at Car Fest North for BBC Children In Need

Car Fest North celebrated its second year at Bolesworth Estate, Chester in spectacular style.  It follows  from the highly successful Car Fest South, Hampshire founded in 2012  and is the brain child of radio presenter Chris Evans, it’s an annual motoring festival and a magical weekend of entertainment for all the family and so far this year has raised over £7 million for charity BBC Children in Need.

I had the pleasure of bringing Caribbean flavours to Car Fest North, for a second year on the Chef Kitchen Stage with Simply Good Food TV. It has got to be my favourite festival as I demoed and cooked on stage Saturday and Sunday with fabulous host Andrew Dickens and was the warm up act to Celebrity Chefs Tom Kerridge and Peter Sidwell. Can a girl complain? We then partied late into the night with bands Manic Street Preachers, Mel C, Seasick Steve, Rick Astley and The Kaiser Chiefs.Only one life to live and one must take advantage of all opportunities life has to offer.


I thought the best way to capture this memorable festival would be via a series of photos. So indulge me and hope you enjoy. If you’ve never been to Car Fest then you are missing out on some great family fun. It is after all Car Fest so here’s my favourite car. Aston Martin any one?

It is my passion to bring a contemporary take on Caribbean cuisine to the UK and beyond. Caribbean cuisine goes beyond jerk chicken and rice & peas. I am originally from Trinidad and its cuisine is a fiery fusion of the melting pot of cultures which inhabit this tiny island. It is not unusual to have a gathering where dishes have African, Indian, Chinese, Portuguese, Syrian, South American and European influences all in one buffet. It’s pure foodie heaven. Ok, so back to Car Fest and my rendition on stage with the amazing Andrew Dickens who always dons an apron and gets cooking with me.

On Saturday, I showed how to whip up a Countryside BBQ in 30minutes, complete with BBQ Prawns and Chicken with Couscous Salad. All made with my newly launched Kitchen Thyme Spice Rubs: Cajun Seasoning & Caribbean Herb Rub.

Car Fest Countryside Caribbean BB


On Friday away from the Chef Stage, I had the honour of Judging at the Scotch Egg Competition. Despite the rain the crowds came to see the entries and were rewarded with samples of every entry. The winner was a lovely young woman who made a simple but delicious apple & leek scotch egg. She won due to taste and texture of her entry. She also won the bet with her boyfriend and he had to pay for drinks for the rest of the festival. Prosecco on tap I think…..

When I was not judging scotch eggs or cooking up a storm on the Chef Kitchen Stage, I was out exploring all the delights of the festival. The photos which follow are just a small snap shot of all the wonderful events that take place over three glorious days rain or shine. Horse boarding anyone? I have never seen it before and much skill was needed to stay on the skate board while manoeuvring the course in the fastest time.


Next came a motor cycle stunt show. I must admit I was totally mesmerised and in awe at the stunts which these riders exhibited. So thrilling and scary at times. I was only disappointed that we did not catch the whole show. I plan to position my self in a prime spot at Car Fest South to catch the entire show.

All in all it was a great festival and the Chef Kitchen Stage was buzzing. The crowd on all days were warm, receptive and engaging. I was please to have a full house and standing room only for both demos. On Sunday, I showed how to make Prawns three ways with the mastery help of Andrew Dickens. Together we dished up Coconut Beer Prawns, Pepper Prawns and Prawn Parcels in thirty minutes.

Car Fest North is now a fabulous memory where I made some new friends and hobnobbed with some Celebrity Chefs. Many thanks to the Car Fest Kitchen staff, Cora and Victoria who made everyone feel welcome and were of immense support.

  1. Sabrina with Candice Brown, Bake Off Winner.
  2. Sabrina with Juanita Hennessey, Master Chef Finalist, Victoria & Cora.
  3. Sabrina & Peter Sidwell, Celebrity Chef & Founder Simply Good Food TV.
  4. Tom Kerridge, Celebrity Chef

To try my recipe for Countryside Caribbean BBQ email me at hello@kitchen-thyme and the first 25 people will receive my Kitchen Thyme Cajun & Pulled Spice rubs samples along with recipes.

Look out for the Simply Good Food TV Chef crew as we get ready take Car Fest South by storm from August 25th to 27th. I am the last act on Saturday evening and looking forward to seeing you there.

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Sabrina Zeif, The Flavour Queen

Making the ordinary taste Extraordinary!