THE FESTIVAL

Celebrating local restaurants, producers and craftspeople in a family-friendly environment is the aim of our festival. We intend to be here for the long term – and hope you’ll come along and support us.

Food, food, food....what, you’re bored already? Fine. Then we’ll have to give you something else to keep you entertained. 

Our festival is all about artisans, so we’ve invited some of Shropshire’s finest craftspeople to exhibit their wares.

You’ll be able to ‘have-a-go’ at baking and learn some of the skills that local food producers use day-in and day-out to make scrumptious food. Some of our finest chefs will stage demonstrations; where you can see how they create their award-winning dishes.

We have a brilliant line up on our #shropshireunsigned music stage, to keep you entertained whilst you relax, animals, and great entertainment for the kids!


Chef School

Sponsored by FBC Manby Bowdler, top chef Chris Burt has curated two days of exciting cookery school workshops and you’re welcome to book places in advance by visiting: www.shrewsburyfoodfestival.co.uk or arrive early to try your luck on the day. We’re seeking a donation of £2 per place and every penny that receive will go to charity. Too see the classes on offer click here!


Knife Skills

Have you ever wanted to be one of those amazing chefs we see on Masterchef who can chop superfast and with superb skill? Well now you can... On the hour EVERY HOUR Upstairs Downstairs from Oswestry will be running half hour workshops at just £5 from 11am to 4pm . Spaces will go fast so book on now by clicking here. Essential for every keen cook!


Buttermarket Music Stage 

The #shropshireunsigned music stage is back wuth a brillaint line up! Sit back, relax and soak up the atmosphere with a great line up! For the 2016 bill click here!

Animals

Cattle and Piglets and Alpacas Oh my!

By popular demand, we have our piglets and cows coming back to visit us all again! This on-site animal area is supported by Lanyon Bowdler Solicitors to whom we are very grateful.  

We want to try and help children (and adults) understand the links between field and fork and the influence that the breed of animals and the conditions in which they're kept can make such a huge difference to the taste of our food. The animals are from working farms whose owners will be on hand throughout the weekend to explain how the breeds are reared. They’ll also talk about modern farming practices – so you can find out why it’s important that farmers get a fair price for their food.

Longhorn Cattle

Reared on the meadows next to the River Severn, just upstream from the market town of Shrewsbury, Shropshire, the herd has a purely organic grass fed diet. They enjoy a relaxed, stress free environment and they are allowed to mature slowly under the care of Claire and Sam Barker from Great Berwick Organics. And they are back again for 2016!

Reflecting on last year, Sam said: “People were fascinated by the livestock. Throughout the weekend, people came up to look at the livestock and to find out more about the way in which they are kept.

"There's no escaping the fact that it’s a food festival and many of the animals find their way into the food chain. But we guarantee that each of our animals lives a happy and healthy life – and that’s what people see here at the food festival.”

Sam added: “Claire and I bought along one of our animals with a calf last year. The response was incredible. We live in a rural county and there’s a genuine interest in farming, food and animal welfare.” 

Pigs

Sam Gray's rare breed British Lop pigs are raised in beautiful and luxurious conditions on a small farm near Church Stretton and are no strangers to the Shrewsbury Food Festival.  Since our first year Sam has stood by her pigs and answered any questions you may have had about how to clean them, tag them, feed them and breed them.

Those in the know have been buying her pork for several years now and one of those customers is our very own Momo-no-ki/The Peach Tree restaurant in Abbey Foregate. Sam will even be with Josh Dunachie in the Chef School on Saturday, showing how to get the best from rare breed pork.

Sam,  the author of ‘Doing it in Wellies’ takes us on a story of discovery as she learnt the skills needed to run a smallholding and feeding a family. From growing vegetables, keeping chickens to breeding sheep and pigs the message is much deeper than just ‘Do you know where your food comes from?’ but also asking us to look at our own lifestyles and what skills WE have to grow our own food.

Alpacas

 

Shrewsbury Morris 

Shrewsbury Morris are celebrating their 40th birthday this year!  And we are so happy to see that they will be dancing into the Quarry for us on Saturday 25th! They like to dance, have fun, laugh and repeat! They will be in the bottom of the Quarry from midday!

 

Professor Squeezyjig

The professor has a mobile cornucopia of music and song to entertain all the family! The Professor's bright yellow hand cart is full on instruemtns and artefacts of all shapes and sizes, each with it's own story, songs and tunes. Professor Squeezyjig will be doing a walkabout at Shrewsbury Food Festival on Sunday 26th!

The Blusherettes Vintage Pop-up Parlour

The Blusherettes' Vintage Pop-up Parlour will be adding a touch of retro style to Shrewsbury Food Festival this year.
Hair stylists and makeup artists Verity Gough and Charlotte Mainwaring specialise in recreating stunning looks from the most glamorous of eras. They will tease, tousle and tame your locks and powder, paint and pamper you to create iconic hair and makeup capturing the essence of the 1920s, 30s, 40s and 50s.
Whether you are looking for authentic vintage hair and makeup or simply want to add a little retro styling to your own current look, The Blusherettes' are here to help!
Fancy being a flapper and channeling your inner Gatsby? Or perhaps you love the allure of the 1930's Hollywood Screen Sirens like Joan Crawford, Bette Davies and Jean Harlow? If the fabulous Forties are more your thing, or if you fancy rock n rolling with a 1950s pin-up look, then head on over to our Vintage Pop-up Parlour. From the 1920s to the 1950s, we have all the eras covered! (The Blusherettes aim to book 45 minute slots but times can vary depending on the look being created).  Prices Start from £5


 The Flapper Dappers

This 20's Charleston dance troop form Shrewsbury will be keeping us entertained on Saturday afternoon on the Bandstage Stage area!

Dog Creche

As you may well know, dogs are welcome at Shrewsbury Food Festival But they are not allowed within our foodie areas.. So The Dogs Trust are creating a dog crèche for our four legged friends so you can enjoy a lunch or take in a demonstration.

Guests can bring or book their dog in to the crèche according to the availability of the kennels, for a maximum stay of two hours. Where your pooch can enjoy being cared for by the experienced staff on hand.

There is no charge for this service, however donations to Dogs Trust are greatly appreciated.

In addition, the Dogs Trust will be showing pictures and videos of dogs that are currently available for rehoming, they are going to promote the work of their charity and encourage responsible dog ownership.

So give your pooch's paws a welcome rest at the Shrewsbury Food Festival, and let them have a drink of water and a relax in one of the Dogs Trust Large Walk in Kennels, or one of their air conditioned kennels and see what wonderful work they do!

Keep checking out this page on the website for the latest news on what's happening. Local businesses or groups who want their events added please email info@shrewsburyfoodfestival.co.uk.


Family Stage

We have a beautiful bandstand in the Quarry, so we are going to stuff it with great music, dance and fun fun fun for all the family! 

Food Hub

Delicious ideas for making the most of your food at home with cooking demos, recipes and tastings, brought to you by Shrewsbury’s Food Rescue service, The Shrewsbury Food Hub!

Brew House

Ever wandered how beer is actually made? Shropshire Brewer will show you how - come and see them to see the secrets of making of one of your favorite drinks!

Sing for Water

Five Choirs will be singing in the Square on Saturday 25th June for Water Aid. They are coming to the Quarry bringing over 150 voices together to raise awareness for Wateraid

What's On

What's On have created an information point for festival goers with all the information you need from exhibitors and activities goings inside Quarry Park!

Shropshire Star

Shropshire Star will be with us Saturday 25th June, they have been working with some of our exhibitors leading up to the festival with special saver offers for savvy shoppers!

Armed Forces Day

To celebrate Armed forces Day on 25th June, we will have the Royal British Legion, SSAFA, RAF 605 Squadron, Air Cadets and Army Cadets on site who will be providing free activities associated with the Armed Forces!


 

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