Ever wanted to see how to turn a whole lamb into the cuts of meat that land on your dinner plate?
You could get your chance this weekend if you head down to the Stratford Town Centre Food Festival.
Local master butcher Adam Lucock, from Stratford’s own Barry the Butcher, will be teaching crowds ‘How to Prepare a Whole Lamb’ as he takes to the stage at the festival’s Waterside Cookery Theatre on Saturday.
His demonstration is just one of the highlights of the three-day festival, which returns to Stratford-upon-Avon this Friday, running until Sunday (September 23-25).
The festival, organised by the award-winning events team at Stratforward Business Improvement District (BID), attracts thousands of visitors to the town and showcases Stratford as one of the region’s premier food and leisure destinations.
This year’s food-filled extravaganza features top-flight chef Jean-Christophe Novelli who will take to the stage on Sunday, plus as a host of Stratford’s own culinary talent showing off their skills from fudge-making to gin-tasting in a range of demonstrations and workshops.
Adam Lucock’s session at midday on Saturday will see him show how to transform a whole lamb into 14 cuts of meat suitable for roasts, barbecues, grills and casseroles.
Adam, who set up Barry the Butcher 32 years ago with his late father Barry, said: “We’re a traditional butchers with a modern view of meat preparation. We pride ourselves on the quality and the increasingly different cuts of meat we offer to our customers both in the shop and the many pubs, restaurants and hotels we supply.
“We’re fortunate enough to have excellent meat right on our doorstep, from local Cotswold lamb, prime Hereford beef and free range pork. Our team of highly-skilled butchers ensure we continue to provide the very best quality and service that our customers have come to expect.
“The town centre food festival is a great opportunity to let people see what goes on behind the scenes in preparing their lamb chops or Sunday roast.”
As well as a range of demonstrations and workshops, visitors can take part in the festival’s popular Taste and Ale Trails, which allow lucky ticket holders to sample tasty treats from more than 30 restaurants, cafes, bars and pubs across the town. 800 tickets have already been reserved for the Taste Trail and only a few Ale Trail tickets are available.
The festival, organised in association with Geraud Markets and sponsored again by local restaurant Loxleys, will see the town centre packed with at least 100 stalls showcasing the best of local food and produce, as well as live music and al fresco dining.
And new for this year, there will be a Local Producers Area on Waterside on Friday and Saturday.
Stratforward Events Manager Ruth Wood said: “Tickets are selling fast for all of our events, from the Taste and Ale Trails to Jean-Christophe Novelli’s workshops on Sunday, so if you’re interested, sign up now.
“Months of preparation have gone into the event - the chefs are warmed up, the knives are sharpened, the produce is prepared and the weather forecast is looking good so it’s going to be a fabulous weekend all round!”
For more information and to reserve places on any of the workshops or to get Taste and Ale Trail tickets, please visit the Stratford Town Centre Food Festival website at http://www.stratforward.co.uk/events/stratford-town-centre-food-festival/