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.  

When is it on?

Entry Times:

Saturday June 29, 2019

Sunday June 30, 2019

Where is it? 

The festival takes place in Shrewsbury’s Quarry Park at SY1 1RN. But don’t drive to that postcode, there’s no parking. There are 29 acres of parkland to enjoy. There will be entrance gates opposite St Chad’s Church, at the top of the park, and near to the Boathouse Bridge at the bottom of the park.

Buying Tickets

Tickets cost £10 for adults and £2 for children under 16. Family tickets cost £20 for two adults and up to three children. BUT buy in advance and SAVE MONEY!

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! 

Who is behind it?

The Chief Executive is Beth Heath who runs her own Events company, Shropshire Festivals and also organises Shropshire Kids Festival, Shropshire Oktoberfest, Shrewsbury Christmas and Field to Fork Festival. Joined by Andy Richardson, a writer and photographer. They are joined by volunteers, who are local to Shropshire and bring extensive skill and expertise in food and drink.

Why Shrewsbury?

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.

Disabled Access to the festival

The festival is held on grass but is fairly flat.

Carers of disabled people are eligible for free entry (Evidence may be required)

Picnics 

Yes you can bring a picnic onto site however please ensure that you do not bring alcohol onto site. 

Dogs

Dogs are allowed into the event BUT not into the marquee areas. Lots of space outside those areas for them though and we do have a dog creche!

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 throughout the town.

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 and you can get hands on in our Chef School

Where shall I stay? 

For tourist information and accommodation, go to www.originalshrewsbury.co.uk. Visit the town’s information centre at The Music Hall in The Square, in the centre of town, or call (01743)258888.

Getting Around Shrewsbury

By Bicycle

The festival will be operating a bike crèche thanks to Stans Cycles – Trek Concept Store. The service is expected to be popular, as in previous years.

By Train

Arriva Trains will operate services to Shrewsbury on both days at regular times. The station is a ten minute walk from the festival

By Bus

There are regular services into the town centre bus station which is a 5 minute walk to the festival.

Parking in Shrewsbury

There are ample  car parks across Shrewsbury. Details are available from Shropshire Council’s website.

Park and Ride - Saturday ONLY

A park-and-ride service will operate on Saturday June 29, 2019. For full details visit www.travelshropshire.co.uk

Wheelchair Mobility

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

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 info@shrewsburyfoodfestival.co.uk  or using the ‘contact us’ tab at www.shrewsburyfoodfestival.co.uk.

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 going. However, we don’t seek to profit from that, we build school gardens and do valuable work across the community to say a HUGE thanks to the volunteers without whom the event wouldnt be possible. We also work with The Harry Johnson Trust and also Self Help Africa to raise thousands for charity!

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.

I want to be there as an exhibitor or vendor: what should I do?

If you'd like to join us in 2019 then email info@shrewsburyfoodfestival.co.uk as soon as possible and we'll see if we can get you in or add you to the list, or alternatively download a form here!

Exhibitors

Street Food

Do you want to contact us? 

General Enquiries & Volunteers: info@shrewsburyfoodfestival.co.uk

Twitter: @shrewsfoodfest

Facebook: www.facebook.com/shrewsburyfoodfestival

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