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 in 2018.

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

Our festival has always been about artisans, and 2018 is no different, so we’ve invited some of Shropshire’s finest craftspeople to exhibit their wares.

You’ll be able to ‘have-a-go’ at some delicious 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.

Just like in 2017, 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, we are so excited to welcome top chef Chris Burt for 2018, who has curated two days of exciting cookery school workshops. You’re welcome to book places in advance by visiting: 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

Buttermarket Music Stage 

The #shropshireunsigned music stage is back with a brillaint line up for 2018! Sit back, relax and soak up the atmosphere with a great line up! For the 2018 bill click here!


Cattle and Piglets and Alpacas Oh my!

Due to huge demand in 2017, we have our piglets and cows coming back to visit us all again! 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 2018!

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.” 


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.


Liz and Shaun from the Alpaca Farm have always had a passion for animals and have been living with alpacas since 2010. Immersed into a world surrounded by alpacas, they have helped out at fleece shows, and halter shows, are part fo the Heart of England Alpaca Group Commitee and the British Alpaca Society National Show Committee. They will be coming to this years food festival with their cute creatures so you can see them in the fur and ask questions to the experts (Liz and Shaun.. not the alpacas)..

The Flapper Dappers

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


In 2017 we had a fantastic reaction to our music stage, and so back again for 2018 we have a series of buskers and bands across the site. You will find them tucked into seating areas across the site so make sure you grab a drink and spend 5 minutes listening to some great talent.

Everyday Conversation - These guys play covers of songs from the 1990's up to current day and are just starting to write our own material.

We play covers of songs from the 1990's up to current day and we are just starting to write our own material.

Vocalist, Chris Smout plays guitar and Mark Forwood plays bass. They are currently looking for a drummer too after their drummer moved to Brighton.

Cereal Van

How do you like you brekkie in the morning? Well the Nestle Cereal Van will be on site for the weeekend to find out just that! Tuck into a bowl of scrummy cereal with Nestle in their shiny green cereal machine!

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

Family Stage

We have a beautiful bandstand in the Quarry, so for 2018 we are going to stuff it with great music, dance and fun fun fun for all the family!

Ridson & Ridson 

With a great selection in 2017, this year why not take in a chef demo, or partake in cookery school and wander to yourself... what a snazzy cool apron - I need one of those in my kitchen. Fear no more - Ridson & Ridson are here to make your culinary cookwear dreams come true! Ridson & Ridson bring the strength of two generations culminating in Shropshire made aprons, bags and goods. Get your hands on these unique crafted aprons and bags in the retail stalls in the lower part of Quarry Park.

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? Battlefield Brewery will show you how - come and see them to see the secrets of making of one of your favorite drinks!

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 23rd 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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