Stratford-upon-Avon Food Festival returns for a celebration of the town’s food and drinks scene
The Festival takes place on Saturday and Sunday, September 18-19, with an action-packed programme of demonstrations, workshops and tastings, featuring some of the town’s best-loved names.
The food market will feature over 110 stalls in Bridge Street, High Street and Henley Street, adding up to a welcome return for one of Stratford’s most popular events.
After the vagaries of the past 18 months, organisers Stratforward - funded by 420 businesses in the town centre - and sponsors Loxleys Restaurant and Wine Bar, are ready to remind people of the quality of Stratford’s food and drink offering, while giving producers from the area and further afield chance to add to the occasion.
Stratforward marketing and events manager Tor Wilkes said: “We know people are ready for a day out and are delighted to bring back an event that is great fun and puts the spotlight on the hospitality businesses at the heart of Stratford. It is a chance for our cafes, pubs and restaurants to remind everyone of the remarkable variety of food and drink on offer in the town, as we look to a brighter future. Between our established businesses - many of whom are sharing a few of their secrets in the demonstration or workshop sessions - and the wide-ranging stalls taking part, you will probably want to be in Stratford on both days, to make sure you don’t miss out!”
The festival runs from 9-6pm on the Saturday and 10am-4.30pm on the Sunday.
The demonstrations in the Bridge Street Cookery and Drinks Theatre kick off at 10.30am on Saturday and 11am on Sunday and have a different programme on each day - and you can just turn up for any or all of the sessions.
Saturday starts with Sour Dough Drama from Mor Bakery, with further insights from Hotel du Vin, Loxleys, Salt and Wildwood to follow - and Shakespeare Distillery rounding off the day with a combination of gin tasting, a talk and a game of bingo with gin-themed prizes. The Embankment launches Sunday’s programme with Paella Perfect, before handing over to Veeno, HR Coffee Bar, The Fourteas and, finally, Bobapom, who will show how to create stunning bubble drinks.
The workshops are just on the Sunday, in Bell Court, with sessions on the hour from 11am featuring Pizza Express showing how to flare a pizza; The Spotted Treehouse with ceramic painting; Ask Italian running a pizza masterclass; Roly’s Fudge getting you to make toffee apple fudge for kids and Vin Neuf rounding things off with a masterclass in wine tasting. These sessions can be booked in advance at the Cookery Theatre, or you can take a chance on turning up.
Live Music and Stalls
Bell Court and High Street will also host live music, while the food market will ensure you will have plenty to try throughout the festival. Familiar names having a stall include Barry the Butcher, the Crowne Plaza, Giggling Squid, Shakespeare Distillery, Hotel du Vin, Monsoon Estates, Noble Leaf, The Little Gin and Rum Company, The Warwickshire Chilli Tree, Vinegar Tips and Welcombe Hills Vineyard. And for animal lovers, Sniff and Bark will have pet treats and toys on offer.
There are also stalls from Kineton, Shipston, Studley, Newbold and Warwick, plus a host of others from across the country.
Tor added: “It all adds up to a happy return for our event, thanks to the support of our BID members and sponsorship from Loxleys, who are also extending their support of the local community to Stratford children's charity, Lifespace. They provide one-to-one mentoring for children and young people to reduce distress, build resilience and enable them to achieve more.
Find out more
To find out more go to www.stratforduponavonfoodfestival.co.uk Pick up a food festival guide in town or view on our website. Be reassured there will be covid and security precautions in place and the Park and Ride will be open both days. We look forward to seeing you in Stratford on September 18 and 19, for this uplifting occasion.