Biggest and best ever festival line-up offers a great day for all the family
July 2011: Shakespeare’s birthplace will be transformed into a delicious treasure trove of good things to eat and drink as the town plays host to the fifth Stratford Food Festival on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th September 2011. As well as lining the banks of the River Avon, this year the festival hits the streets too by joining with three great food markets across the town, offering a fun-filled and tasty day out for all the family.
The event brings together a fantastic selection of great local producers and some from further afield, who are passionate about putting the very best on the table. So whether you want to stock your pantry, equip your kitchen, feed your mind or simply slate your thirst, you’re bound to find something that more than fits the bill from the exciting festival programme this year.
Join us for the day – or make a weekend out of it – and find the town’s beautiful riverside gardens bustling with stands as deliciously diverse as organic meat and veg, locally brewed real ales, beers and ciders, artisan cheeses and award-winning ice creams. There will be a British Farmers’ market in the heart of the town as well as a French Market on Bridge Street and an Italian Market on Henley Street, plus live music and entertainment all weekend.
Work up an appetite and try some organic beef from Brown Cow, succulent hog roast from Castlemoor or a juicy burger from Happy Herefords. Turn the heat up with David’s Chilli Oil or Anila’s Authentic Sauces and enjoy some tasty nibbles from The Big Yum. Why not follow with a sweet treat from the Crumbly Cupcake Company, some beautifully handmade cakes and biscuits from Truly Scrumptious, or chocolate goodies from the Cacao Bean Konditorei & Café. Or if you prefer savoury, why not savour a plate of fine cheese from Lymn Bank Farm?
Wine lovers will find plenty to savour too, with superb wines from Kiwi Cuisine and Pure Spain, as well as something stronger like English Gin from Foxdenton Estate and exciting liqueur and party drinks from the Perfect Tipple.
You can even pull up a stool at the bar and enjoy a perfectly pulled pint of UBU from Warwickshire’s own Purity Brewing Company, at Stratford’s favourite local, The One Elm, who will be out in force at the festival, as will the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Rooftop Restaurant and Bar and The Lazy Cow, Warwick.
Afterwards, you can learn about how honey is made with the Stratford Beekeeping Association, growing your own and sustainable living, buy gadgets for your kitchen from Lakeland and then sit back and watch a cookery demonstration, glass in hand. The proceedings will be overseen by chef, author and TV presenter Alan Coxon, who is the festival’s ambassador this year.
Tickets, costing £5 for adults, will be available online from www.stratfordfoodfestival.co.uk or by calling the ticket hotline which will also be available soon. Children under the age of 16 are allowed to enter free of charge. Optional extras include the Taste Trail, an exciting trail of stalls at the festival and participating eateries in the town, and VIP tickets giving you the best seats in the house and guaranteed entrance to demonstrations.
Join us on Saturday 24th or Sunday 25th September and tuck into a tasty day out in a fabulous riverside setting. The festival is open from 10am to 11pm on day one, and from 10am to 6pm on day two on the banks of the river Avon, opposite the newly-refurbished Royal Shakespeare Theatre, and throughout the town.