Stratford gears up for a fabulous food festival: celebrity chefs, artisan producers and fantastic local eateries set the stage for an unmissable day out June 2012:
The historic setting of Stratford upon Avon will once again be the backdrop for a fabulous food festival bringing a wealth of edible and quaffable treats as well as great live entertainment for all to enjoy. Celebrity chefs, artisan producers and great local watering-holes will come together on the banks of the River Avon and the home of Shakespeare in a fantastic two-day foodie event, which takes place on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd September 2012.
Visitors to this year’s festival, now in its sixth year, will be able to munch their way through an amazing selection of artisan food products, many of them locally produced, as well as sample superb wines, champagnes and craft beers, then sit back and watch inspirational culinary demonstrations.
There’s a brilliant line-up for all the family, and the really good news is that once again this year, children under 16 go free.
Topping the culinary bill will be the Fabulous Baker Brothers, recently commissioned for a second series on Channel 4, and chef and TV presenter Alan Coxon, as well as talented chefs from the local food scene.
There will also be a packed programme of entertainment and activities for all the family, in what’s become the highlight of the Midlands food and drink calendar. Wander along the beautiful river banks, in the shadow of the world-famous RSC, and try delicious cupcakes from Rachel’s Cupcakes and award-winning sandwiches from the Yew Tree Cafe, yummy locally made confectionery from Clever Sweets and top-notch pies from Simon’s.
Hook Norton Honey will be available to sample, and you can stock your kitchen from Apron Strings and your bookcase from Waterstone’s, Stratford.
Turkey livestock from Heart of England Farms will also be on show.
Then, pop along to meet Tom and Henry Herbert, fresh from their hit Channel Four series The Fabulous Baker Boys. Find out how the dynamic Cotswold duo – one a butcher, one a baker - rustle up mouth-watering savoury and sweet bakes and learn some of their tricks of the trade.
Watch their cookery demonstrations on the Sunday – they’ll be doing a pie-off competition to close the festival with a flourish – and afterwards you can take home a signed copy of their amazing new book ‘The Fabulous Baker Brothers’, which is packed full of mouth-watering recipes for breads, pastries, pies, cakes and confectionery.
You can perfect your BBQ skills by chatting to Ben Bartlett, one of the world’s leading authorities on cooking and eating al fresco who will also be signing copies of his book ‘The BBQ Manual’ - and learn about cooking with more unusual cuts and ingredients with French chef and traiteur Franck Pontais.
Festival ambassador Alan Coxon will be sharing his passion for Indian cuisine by taking visitors on a journey from Birmingham to Bombay – an inspirational spice trail which takes in some of the recipes and ingredient combinations behind some of the most popular Anglo-Indian classics.
Afterwards, it’s time for a well-deserved beer at one or more of the town’s most popular watering-holes who will be fully in the festival spirit.
The One Elm, Stratford’s friendly neighbourhood pub which this year has been completely refurbished making it better than ever, will have a great bar serving perfectly chilled beers and wine, a great BBQ with great burgers and steaks, and plenty of comfy spots to sit back and listen to live jazz artists.
The team from The Lazy Cow Hotel & Steak & Ale House in Warwick will also be back again doing butchery demos, mixing some tempting cocktails and serving a wide choice of real ales, all to live music on their premier stand.
Taking their place on the band-stand on the two day extravaganza will be the UK’s number one Paul Weller tribute show The Modfathers.
Relive The Jam years, the mellow tones of The Style Council and the classic hits of the great man’s solo career.
Check out the finalists in this year’s Stratford’s Got Talent competition on the Saturday and enjoy infectious melodies from Blue Nation as well as many other music and dance acts. There will also be face painting and cookery themed activities to keep the children entertained. Getting to the festival has never been easier thanks to a special festival travel and ticket package put together by local travel company Johnsons.
A choice of five different routes takes in more than 25 pick up points from across the West Midlands and the Cotswolds, from Worcester, Broadway, Coventry, Bromsgrove and Birmingham, meaning you can really make the most of the day out. Why not leave the car at home and travel to and from Stratford in style in luxury coach? To find out more about this great offer and to reserve seats, simply visit www.stratfordfoodfestival.co.uk.
“There’s so much going on at this year’s festival, which is going to be a great day out for all the family,” says Charlotte Parkin from organisers Showplace. “Whether your passion is for artisan cheeses, fine wines, rustic bread, locally produced honey, unique multi award winning historic vinegars from Alan Coxon or freshly baked cup cakes you’ll find it all here. And if you just fancy a relaxing day out in the beautiful setting of Stratford’s riverside gardens, drink in hand listening to some mellow jazz, you’ll love what we’ve got planned this year.
With entertainment for adults and children alike, it’s really going to be an unmissable event. Make sure you join us.” The Stratford Food Festival takes place from 10am to 7pm on Saturday 22nd and from 10am to 5pm on Sunday 23rd September.
Tickets cost £5 on the gate though an early bird discount will be available by booking online at www.stratfordfoodfestival.co.uk from July onwards. Children under 16 go free.
Great new producers are being added to the line-up all the time so keep an eye out on the festival web site and why not sign up for more information? Simply visit www.stratfordfoodfestival.co.uk - ENDS - For more information and images, to arrange an interview with any of the headline acts and reserve press passes for the festival, please contact Sarah Pracey on 07985 112 777 or email firstname.lastname@example.org