WHAT IS THE FESTIVAL ABOUT?
A festival of Food and Drink, with local craft, unsigned bands and family entertainment!
What is it?
A festival of food and drink, with local craft, unsigned bands and family entertainment. DOWNLOAD a programme now
When and where is it?
June 24th and 25th at The Quarry Park, in Shrewsbury, from 10am to 6.30pm on the Saturday and 10-5pm on the Sunday.
Who is behind it?
The Chief Executive is Beth Heath who runs her own Events company, Shropshire Festivals and also organises Shropshire Kids Festival, Shrewsbury Christmas and Telfood Feastival. The chair is Andy Richardson, a writer, photographer. They are joined by volunteers, who are local to Shropshire and bring extensive skill and expertise in food and drink.
Because the town’s exceptional food scene has been a well-kept-secret for too long. Shrewsbury has great producers, great restaurants and great independent retailers. Our festival aims to bring economic benefit to all in the food sector, particularly artisans.
Are visitors all going to congregate in the Quarry, or will there be events in the town?
We want the weekend to be a celebration of food with action in the Quarry and the town. We’re working with traders on a cake and ale trail. Among events will be a restaurant safari, where people can visit local restaurants to try taster portions, before moving onto the next.
Sounds good: any other entertainment?
Plenty. We’ll be showcasing the best local bands in an Unplugged setting. There’ll be kids entertainment, hands-on have-a-go sessions for all and a Chef Demonstration stage, featuring the best local chefs.
Where shall I stay?
We do suggest you go to Shrewsbury's official accommodation list here. Also the very helpful people at Shrewsbury Visitor Information Centre, in the market square where you can also buy tickets for the festival - Tel 01743 258888, email@example.com, www.originalshrewsbury.co.uk There is a whole range of accommodation across the area.
I want to be there as an exhibitor or vendor: what should I do?
We are now full in several categories, but if you'd like to join us in 2017 then email firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible and we'll see if we can get you in or add you to the list.
Buying Tickets - you can either buy in advance and save the potential queues on the day or simply get them on the gate on the day, up to you!
We do not store credit card details nor do we share customer details with any 3rd parties. Tickets will be emailed to you directly after purchase and you can bring the printout or the reference number along on the day and we will scan you in. Orders can also be found via surname and address so please don't panic if you forget it! Refunds will be given upto one week prior to the event if written requests are given. On cancellation of the event, ALL presold tickets will be refunded for the full amount.
Do you need volunteers?
Yes. The festival will be entirely dependent on volunteers. We’ll need 100 people to donate their time in order for the event to succeed. Our festival is privately-funded and without community support, we won’t last. We need you to help. You can support us by telephoning 01952 432175, emailing email@example.com, Tweeting @shrewsfoodfest, or using the ‘contact us’ tab at www.shrewsburyfoodfestival.co.uk.If you would like to download a volunteer form here!
Disabled Access to the festival
The festival is held on grass but is fairly flat. We will let carers in for free with a registered disabled person.
Dogs are allowed into the event BUT not into the food areas. Lots of space outside those areas for them though!
Parking in Shrewsbury
Off Street Parking
There are 12 car parks in the Shrewsbury, providing approximately 2645 spaces. The enforcement of car parks is undertaken by a team of Civil Enforcement Officers employed directly by Shropshire Council
Raven Meadows (Multi-storey)
Open Mon to Sat 7.00am to 7.00pm and Sun 10:00am to 5:00pm
St Julian Friars
Long/Short Stay - open until midnight and has a 24 hour exit which does not permit entry.
Short Stay - Up to 3 hours
Short Stay - Up to 3 hours
Short Stay - Up to 2 hours
Short Stay - Up to 2 hours (owner - Morris Property)
St Austin's Street
Short Stay - Up to 2 hours
Short Stay - Up to 2 hours
The Quarry Swimming and Fitness Centre
The car parks are fully accessible 24/7, with the exception of Raven Meadows and Frankwell Main and Riverside car parks of which the access and/or opening times are detailed above.
Car parks are "Pay and Display" except Raven Meadows Multi Storey, where a "Pay on Foot" system is in operation, however on the Sunday COUNCIL off street carparks listed above will be free so there is no need to pay!
There are no concessions for holders of Disabled Blue Badges.
On Street Parking
All town centre street parking is pay and display only. Blue and yellow pay machines are located next to every parking bay in Shrewsbury Town Centre.
Charging Hours are Monday to Sunday from 8.00am to 8.00pm (including bank holidays)
The maximum length of stay in most town centre streets is one hour with no returned for two hours, a few have a two hour limit, see the notices on the pay and display machines.
Getting Around Shrewsbury
Dave Mellor Cycles will operate a cycle creche. This service will prove popular - as it did last year. Bikes will be given a quick service to ensure they're running well - cutting your carbon footprint and getting your bike maintained at the same time.
Shrewsbury's Railway Station is located in the town centre, by the Castle, the shops and the historic buildings. There is an hourly train service from London Euston via Birmingham or Wolverhampton (less on Sundays) and good connections to other towns. Journey time from London is approximately three hours.
Please do check with the train companies for specific details over the festival weekend
National Express runs two direct services from London Victoria and connections from other UK towns serviced by the network. Tel: 08705 808080 for further details.
Park and Ride - Saturday ONLY
Shrewsbury operates an excellent Park and Ride service, which is a cheap and convenient way of getting into the town centre. There are three Park and Ride sites - all signed from main approach roads. Buses run every 20 minutes from 7.30am (8am on Saturdays) to 6.30pm daily except Sundays. There are stops and pick-up points throughout the town centre. Colour coded tickets make it easier to find the right bus.
Shrewsbury has designated on-street parking spaces for disabled badge holders. These spaces cab be found on Shoplatch, Castle Street, St. Mary's Street, Claremont Street and Roushill. Parking is free if displaying the badge and clock for the period as indicated on the signs.
Designated parking spaces for disabled people in Raven Meadows multi-storey and in Abbey Foregate car park. Normal car parking charges apply. Some Hackney Carriage taxis are wheelchair accessible. Wheelchair accessible buses operate on all three Park and Ride routes. Normal charges apply.
Shrewsbury Shop Mobility
Operates from Raven Meadows car park, Monday to Saturday 10am to 4pm. Electronic scooters and wheelchairs are available for hire. Reservations are recommended, telephone 01743 236900
Hang on a minute: why should we volunteer if it’s a private concern?
We’re being transparent from Day One. Without private investment, there would be no food festival – it’s the only way to get things started. However, we don’t seek to profit from that, we busild school gardens and do valuable work across the community to say a HUGE thanks to the volunteers without whom the event wouldnt be possible.
How will schools benefit?
We’re working with Shropshire Council and local teachers to create an education programme. Our aim is to make cash donations to local schools so that they can build their own gardens. We’ll also arrange talks and demonstrations in schools and arranging work placements, where possible, for older children who want to work in food.