Now then – I asked via Instagram and Twitter whether you guys would like a bit more news about events, openings etc, as well as reviews on the blog. It was a resounding ‘yes’ – so here’s the first bit of food-related news and a date for your diary.
This weekend the Stratford Town Centre Food Festival returns. In the interests of full disclosure, in previous years I’ve worked in my capacity as a PR consultant for Stratford’s BID (Business Improvement District) which organises the festival, and I now do some work for Loxleys, the restaurant that sponsors it. However, having attended the festival several years and dragged my family along, I can confirm it’s a great day out.
This year the festival’s back on Saturday and Sunday, September 21 and 22. Stratford’s High Street, Henley Street and Bridge Street will all be lined with a 120-stall market packed with food and drink.
There’s also a cookery theatre on Bridge Street full of demonstrations including a ‘Farm to Fork’ demo from Loxleys with their butcher and the farmer who supplies him, as well as free workshops in Bell Court including a kids’ pizza masterclass and wine tasting (that one’s not for kids, obvs…).
The festival also includes Food and Ale trails that lead you around Stratford Town Centre exploring some of its restaurants, cafes and pubs and ticking them off your little trail list. Trail tickets are £5 and you get a little taster in each venue. The Ale Trail is £5 and you get a souvenir 1/3 pint glass and at least eight 1/3 pint samples at different venues.
This year there’s a charity raffle that gives you the chance to win a brand new Citroen C3 donated by Loxleys, with all funds going to local children’s charity Molly Olly’s Wishes – you just need to grab a ticket from Loxleys in the run-up to the festival or at the festival itself.
While the festival itself takes place over the weekend, they’ve added Stratford-upon-Avon Feasts – two weeks of special food offers and events from restaurants and cafes in Stratford between October 4 and 20.
Sound good? Best get yourself there. There’s more information on the festival here
Disclosure: As mentioned above, I currently work as a freelance PR for Loxleys, but this blog post is nothing to do with that. It’s just because I think the food festival is a good event.