This Weekend's Stratford Food Festival Fever has Started
Guests at a local restaurant found that breakfast really was the most important meal of the day when they were served a champagne-accompanied spread to celebrate the start of Stratford Food Festival 2019.
Organisers of this year’s festival, which returns this weekend, hosted a breakfast of champions at Loxleys Restaurant and Wine Bar on Friday (13 September) to officially launch the culinary event which will take place on High Street, Henley Street and Bridge Street on 21 and 22 September.
The feast was served up to a restaurant full of guests, including some of the Stratford BID businesses taking part in the food festival, who hope the hearty meal will help build their strength in preparation for the popular weekend.
As a special ‘touch’, radio breakfast presenters Ollie Gallant and Si Alexander from Touch FM were once again invited to help out in the kitchen, under the watchful eye of Loxleys’ chefs.
Among the guests were Jasmine Reeves from Paxton and Whitfield, Adam Lucock from Barry the Butcher and Zenios Loucas from The Fourteas who will all be carrying out tasty cookery demonstrations throughout the weekend. Jasmine Reeves, manager at Paxton and Whitfield, said: “At our stall, we’re going to be showcasing some custom cheeses like truffle brie that we wouldn’t necessarily have in the shop at this time of year. I’ll also be giving a demo on British fondue at the stage on Saturday at midday which is exciting.”
Adam Lucock, from Barry the Butcher, said: “I’m looking forward to being part of the festival again, particularly the Farm to Fork event where I’ll be teaming up with Loxley’s chefs and showing everyone exactly how their lamb comes to be on their plate.”
Stratford Food Festival, organised by Stratforward Business Improvement District (BID) and sponsored by Loxleys, is one of the town’s most popular events, attracting thousands from near and far.
On the menu for food lovers this year is the opportunity to browse the bustling 120-stall food market which showcases local and regional food and drink products. Visitors can also get their teeth into the free hands-on workshops at Bell Court on Sunday, such as wine tasting and kids pizza making.
From 10.30am both days, talented local chefs will be showing off their skills at the Cookery Theatre, this time situated in Bridge Street to cut down on road closure disruption. The Fourteas kick off the demos by revealing how to make the perfect scone even offering free scones. These include Stratford’s widely acclaimed, one and only Michelin star holder, Paul Foster of Salt; the Head Chef at Stratford Hotel du Vin Phil Hase; The Woodsman’s Head Chef, Jon Coates, - the recently opened and much respected restaurant well known for its ‘field to fork’ philosophy offering venison.
A special a ‘farm to fork’ event is also taking place at the tent Saturday lunchtime, where Loxleys’ chefs will take a journey of one of the restaurant’s much-loved dishes – its Chargrilled Lamb Cutlets - by teaming up with Adam Lucock from Barry the Butcher (where they purchase their meat) and their local famer. For the full demo schedule go to www.stratfordtowncentrefoodfestival.co.uk
Back by popular demand, the taste trails will once again provide festival-goers with the opportunity to sample some of Stratford’s finest eateries, at venues such as Turquoise Kitchen, La Marina Tapas Bar, The Corner House, No 44, Arden House, El Greco, The White Swan and many more.
This year’s Ale Trail is bigger than ever before, giving people the opportunity to try 1/3 pint ale samples for just £5 at a host of venues up to 10pm on Sunday, and even keep the souvenir ale trail glass.
Bake Off fans will be delighted to learn the festival includes a prize-winning cooking competition. Bakers of all ages are encouraged to enter their cakes (cupcakes for under 16s and celebration cakes for over 16s) to The Shakespeare Hospice stall, opposite Shakespeare’s birthplace on Saturday.
Festival Sponsors Support Local Charity
Regular sponsors Loxleys also giving people the chance to win the use of a brand-new Citroen car for a whole year as the main prize of its giant raffle, with all proceeds going to local charity Molly Olly’s Wishes*.
Jonathan Lea, General Manager at Loxleys, said: “For five years we’ve sponsored the Food Festival and have seen it grow every year. The festival shows people what Stratford has to offer as a dining experience. It helps, not just us, but everyone to raise their profile. This year we wanted to increase our involvement even more by hosting a raffle in aid of local charity Molly Olly’s Wishes which touched the hearts of everyone that works at Loxleys.”
Tor Wilkes, Stratforward Marketing and Events Manager, said: “The food festival champions local food and drink and showcases Stratford-upon-Avon’s vibrant food and drink scene. We’re extremely grateful to our members for taking part and supporting the festival, for the generosity of our wonderful sponsors Loxley and to all the stall holders and members of the public who help create the brilliant atmosphere.”
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Press release written by Karen Welsh on behalf of Stratforward. Please contact 07969 992416, firstname.lastname@example.org with any queries.
Image: Jon Lea, Loxleys Restaurant Manager, Tor Wilkes, Stratforward Marketing and Events Manager,
• Stratforward is Stratford’s Business Improvement District (BID) which represents 420 shops, cafes, pubs, restaurants and businesses in Stratford town centre.
• The Food Festival is partnered with Cotswold Markets.
• Loxleys is a family-run, two-floor restaurant and bar on Sheep Street in Stratford-upon-Avon. Serving creative British cuisine seven days a week, it has become recognised as one of the top restaurants in Stratford. Find out more at www.loxleysrestaurant.co.uk or Facebook.com/LoxleysRestaurant
• Since 2012, Molly Olly’s Wishes has helped more than 1,500 children from new-born up to age 18 by granting individual wishes, from funding equipment to help a child live day to day with their condition, an alternative therapy treatment to complement traditional medicine, or even a special occasion or day out. Find out more at www.mollyolly.co.uk or Facebook.com/MollyOllys/