AGA Festival attracts global audience

Supermodel and food writer Daisy Lowe at the AGA Festival
Supermodel and food writer Daisy Lowe at the AGA Festival
The first ever AGA Festival was held during September, attracting visitors from all over the world.

Among the guest speakers at London’s Royal Geographical Society was supermodel and food writer Daisy Lowe, who took time out from London Fashion Week to talk about food and family. She revealed that her mother is a major influence on her when it comes to food.

She said: “She is the reason I bake as much as I do. I had an AGA growing up and my book, Sweetness & Light, came about because my mother said I should share my recipes. Every one was tested on the AGA.”

Another highlight of the day was a first look at the new Complete AGA Cookbook, by Mary Berry and Lucy Young. Lucy – who has been Mary Berry’s assistant for 25 years – chatted on stage about life in the kitchen and how she secured what she described as her “dream job”.

Other speakers at the event included Olivia Wollenberg of Livia’s Kitchen. An exponent of healthy eating, she said people should concentrate “not on what foods are free from but what they are made with.”

The line-up at the inaugural AGA Festival was completed by international designer Kathryn M Ireland, cookery writer Amy Willcock, and Heather McGregor, the name behind the Financial Times’ Mrs Moneypenny column.

Eileen Slattery of AGA said: “It was a great event. It was lovely to meet so many AGA owners and to have such interesting and inspirational speakers. We wanted to bring AGA lovers from across the world together to enjoy a fun day of talks and it was very exciting to hear what they all had to say.”