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Food Festival At the Races at the final furlong for a family, foodie weekend for all.

Stratford Food Festival returns for its eighth year at the end of this month in it’s new format following a successful first year at Stratford Racecourse. Organisers Showplace and the racecourse have teamed up to present ‘Stratford Food Festival at the Races’ and as the event draws closer it is shaping up to be an action packed weekend for all the family.

Visitors will enjoy the best of both the foodie and the racing world with over 70 confirmed exhibitors showcasing an array of food and drink alongside evening race meets on the Friday and Saturday evening. On Sunday the event is FREE for the whole family to enjoy and £5 parking all day.

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Historically the event has been set in September but both organisers felt the event could prove even more popular if brought forwards. Steph Reed, Events Manager at Showplace Events says, ‘The event is essentially a condensed version of previous years with the added bonus of having a race meet on the Friday and Saturday evening. We are also really looking forward to bringing back the Friday evening element of the festival which hasn’t happened since 2010’.

Highlights include local exhibitor The Lazy Cow steak and ale house, who will be hosting resident live bands and doing live butchery demonstrations from their stand whilst they serve burgers, steak sandwiches and cocktails.

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On Sunday, kids will be able to take part in FREE cookery workshops hosted by Kidz Kitchen as well as inflatables, facepainting and balloon modelling around the site. The Racecourse is also hosting the Race for Life charity event on Sunday 1st June.

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Steph adds, ‘We have worked really hard to ensure the racecourse is more accessible than ever this year and are delighted to announce long term travel partners Johnsons are running shuttle services linking the event to town and Stratford Train Station’.

Horseracing will commence from 6pm on both Friday and Saturday evening.

Times of the Food Festival Fri-4-9pm, Sat-1-9pm, Sun 10-4pm.

For more information about the event visit www.stratfordfoodfestival.co.uk or follow us on Facebook- /stratfordfoodfestival or Twitter- @foodfest2014.

For all media enquiries please contact Steph Reed on 01789 262701 or email info@stratfordfoodfestival.co.uk

Even More on Offer at the Racecourse Over the Food Festival Weekend

The Stratford Racecourse will feature two great events on Sunday 1st June, Stratford Food Festival as well as the Cancer Research 5km Race for Life. Both events with share the venue and compliment each other well. Join in and support a well deserved cause and then refuel with a tasty treat at the food festival. Bring the whole family along, activities for children will be available to keep them amused while the adults have a wonder through the bustling artisan food and drink markets. This last weekend in May will be loaded to the brim with things to do. Make sure you don’t miss out stick the dates in your diary Friday 30th May – Sunday 1st June at Stratford Racecourse.

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Tickets for Stratford Food Festival at The Races (Friday 30th and Saturday 31st May) are available online now! Advance tickets will include parking, all those paying admission on the day and wanting to park a vehicle will be charged additional for this.

Click here to find out more on how to enter the race for life event.

43 days to go….find out the latest updates

With the event developing week on week, its all go for the newly formed Stratford Food Festival at The Races this year. 2 events in 1, you can get the best of both worlds and if you don’t fancy the races then not a problem, Sunday will feature the food festival only and is free admission to all.

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Updates this week:

– AGA, sponsor to the races for the weekend will be bringing along their trailer unit to allow visitors to get close up with the AGA range and what they have to offer.

– Competition giveaways have began and will continue, make sure you follow us on facebook and twitter to see how to enter. Prizes include event tickets as well as other foodie items.

– Exhibitor numbers are still growing with around 75 currently booked in, great variety so far. You will be spoilt for choice over the event weekend. Have a look at the current exhibitor listing.

– We now have the timetables available for the Johnsons Shuttle Service. The shuttle will link Strtaford Train Stration, Stratford Town Centre (Rother Street) and Stratford Racecourse. £1.50 return charge with 50p from every ticket being donated to charity.

The Lazy Cow of Stratford have announced their resident band will be performing over the festival weekend, to add to the atmosphere. They will be offering their delicious burgers and steaks alongside a cocktail bar for the event.

– Tickets are now available to buy online! Advance tickets will include free onsite parking.

– Children’s activities have been booked, you can expect to see anything from inflatable fun activities and face painting to magic and balloon modelers.

Stay tuned for more updates to follow. We hope you enjoy your Easter weekend!

 

Who can you expect to see at the Food Festival this year?

Here is the second edition of ‘Who’s joining us this year?’ Get to know some of the background to the exhibitors joining us this year at the event. You might spot some familiar faces or be intrigued by their product range, you can then make sure you look out for them when you come to visit.

Bordeaux Undiscovered

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Find Bordeaux Undiscovered close to the track on the food festival site opposite the real ale and cider tent. Offering a selection of great french wines, sparkling wines and champagne for you to drink there and then. Match these up with some great hot food on offer, you will be set for an exciting evening of horse racing!  

www.bordeaux-undiscovered.co.uk

Blueberry Hill Patisserie

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Blueberry Hill Patisserie return for another year after their success at last years Stratford Food Festival. This local company, based in Leamington Spa will be offering; sponge cakes, traybakes, macaroons and additional savoury options to name a few. They aim to supply their customers with the highest quality products made using the finest ingredients. Come and see what they offer in the Artisan Markets area.

www.blueberryhillpatisserie.co.uk

Cotswold Farmer

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Previously known as Simple Suppers, The Cotswold Farmer who are based in Moreton in Marsh will be attending the event this year within the Artisan Markets. You may have seen their products in local shops around Stratford, I know I have had a few of their pasties for my lunch on the odd occasion. Find products such as  Sausages, Pork Pies, Sausage Rolls, Pasties, Pate and more at their stand.

www.cotswoldfarmer.co.uk

Gwatkin Cider Co

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Gwatkin Cider are a small, family run business, based in Herefordshire. There home, a working farm is where it all happens. As well as keeping their own livestock they also own an apple and pear orchard that supplies all the fruit needed to make their cider and perry. When they are not at the farm, they spend their time touring the country showing and selling their products at Fairs and events such as the Stratford Food Festival. Come and purchase some of the Cider or Perry to take home with you from the Artisan Markets.

www.gwatkincider.co.uk

Narnas

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Narna’s, previous exhibitors for the last few years to the Strtaford Food Festival, is the inspiration of an 18 year old girl who left school at 17 to pursue her absolute dream of bringing the best, finest and most exquisite Chocolates to the confectionery market. Alana started making chocolates at the age of 13 slowly teaching herself the art of high class chocolatier work, after her first year of sixth form it was apparent she couldn’t wait any longer to get out of the class room and into the kitchen. Alana is forever thinking of new flavours and new chocolate ideas to delight her customers. Come and meet her and try some of her range for yourself within the Artisan Markets over the event weekend. 

www.narnaschocolates.co.uk

Posh Pots

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Not only do we have fantastic artisan food and drink producers at the event this year we also have a wider variety of products on offer from our exhibitors. My Posh Pots being one of these with their Mediterranean range of terracotta tableware, cookware and kitchenware as well as various Spanish ceramics. The company that are based in Nottingham also do the circuits of events around the UK and we are happy to be welcoming them to Stratford this May.

www.myposhpots.co.uk

Stainswick Farm Oil

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With their second year at the Stratford Food Festival this year, we are pleased to be having Stainswick Farm and their rape seed oil back with us for another. The Sanderson family is the 4th generation of farmers at Stainswick Farm located on the Oxfordshire/Wiltshire border. They are passionate about providing their customers with a local, healthy, natural and fully traceable product – the red tractor logo means that we can tell you which field the rapeseed oil in your bottle was grown in!

The rapeseed is grown, pressed and bottled on the farm minimising food miles and maximising quality and taste. The farm uses modern precision farming techniques to ensure that inputs of fertiliser & seed are only used where needed. This fabulous product is well worth looking out for at the event, you will find their stand in the Artisan Markets.

www.stainswickfarm.co.uk

Tregunter

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 Tregunter, also a previous exhibitor to the Stratford Food Festival, is a small business based in Coventry owned by Sarah Gunter, making a range of preserves from home, including jams, jellies, fruit butters and cheeses, chutneys and curds. Whenever possible, the preserves include produce that is grown or picked by Sarah or her family and friends. 

As Sarah has a total cow’s milk intolerance, all the preserves are suitable for people with a lactose or cow’s milk intolerance and a wheat intolerance. Many of the chutneys are made using wine or cider vinegars which also makes them gluten free, whilst the rest use various forms of malt vinegar which contains very small quantities of barley gluten. They are also free from artificial preservatives, colourings and additives. Each preserve comes in a range of sizes. The Tregunter stand will be located in the Artisan Food Markets during the festival weekend.

www.tregunter-online.co.uk

Stay tuned for your next installment of insights into which exhibitors are joining us at the event this May. Get to know the exhibitors and their company background before seeing them at the event.  

Tickets are now available online for the Friday or Saturday Click Here. These tickets include the racing and food festival. Remember Under 18′s go Free all weekend and advantage tickets brought include Free parking on the infield of the site, closer to the action.

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Who’s Joining Us This Year??

It’s no April fouls, the Food Festival is returning this year and we have moved to May! The Event as you may already know has had a make-over and has been bolted onto a weekend of horse racing at our venue Stratford Racecourse. What could be better, 2 events for the price of 1.

The Event will focus in on the real artisan food and drink producers and we have had a great response from our traders with over 60% returning from last year and a great selection of local businesses.

We want you to be able to get to know those companies who will be joining us before you come and attend the event, so a weekly blog will feature a selection of our exhibitors. Have a look at the first batch below;

Granny Tiggs:

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Their unique product, like nothing else on the market is a special ‘bright orange’ dressing, which is suitable for all types of food – from salads to oysters, sandwiches to steaks and is produced using all natural ingredients. This company and product has a great story behind it with the sellers grandmother being the creator of the winning recipe. Why not come and try some for yourself at their stand, located in the Artisan Markets for the weekend.

Blackmans Bakery:

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Local Bakery, Blackmans Bakery (formally known as Grants Bakeries) are again joining us this year after exhibiting at the event for the past few years. Last year they received the ‘Pride of Stratford Small Business of the Year 2013’, they are an artisan bakery and patisserie in the heart of Stratford upon Avon. They offer a wide range of traditional and specialty breads, pastries, patisserie and cakes, all baked daily on the premises. Supplying to a wide range of Restaurants, Cafes, Delis and Shops across Warwickshire. Find their stand in the Artisan Markets onsite at the Food Festival this year.

www.blackmansbakery.co.uk

Church Farm Brewery:

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This year at the festival we have a dedicated tent for local real ale and cider producers. Church Farm Brewery are located on the outskirts of Warwick and offer craft ales full of flavour and passion. In November 2012 they sold their herd of dairy cattle and converted the milking equipment into a microbrewery. They brew by hand, the traditional way using water from the farm’s well, locally sourced malt and hops and just add time and dedication to create a cracking pint. Come and try their products alongside other local brewers in the tent during the festival weekend.

www.churchfarmbrewery.co.uk

The Strawberry Stop:

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A returning exhibitor to the Stratford Food Festival this year, they will be located in our Street Food Alley along with a wide variety of food and drink offerings to tuck into there and then. The Strawberry Stop join us from Herefordshire and use freshly grown Strawberries from their farm. They will be offering these with a variety of different flavoured creams and gourmet toppings all sourced locally.

Queens Park Preserves:

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Queens Park Preserves have been with the festival for a couple of years now and we are happy to have them return again this year. Based in Hickley there handmade jams and chutneys are cooked using traditional open pans. They are free of artificial additives and colouring, are suitable for vegetarians and are gluten free. And …they taste delicious! They will be located in our artisan markets so come and have a look at what they offer.

Find them on Facebook.

The Lazy Cow:

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Local restaurant and bar The Lazy Cow, who opened their steak & ale house and cocktail bar in Stratford centre last year on the banks of the river, are joining us at the event in May. They will be offering dexter beef burgers, steak sandwiches and a range of cocktails as well as creating a bit of a buzz with their resident live band seen at the 2012 Stratford Food Festival.

www.thelazycowstratford.co.uk

My Cottage Kitchen:

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My Cottage Kitchen was established in 2010, based in Shrewsbury and is the result of Ursula’s passion for home baking. She offers award winning AGA baked fruitcakes. All cakes are baked by herself in her own kitchen and made using the traditional methods. Come and meet the women herself at the food festival and take one of these home with you, her stand can be located in the Artisan Markets over the weekend.

www.mycottagekitchen.co.uk

Stay tuned for your next installment of exhibitors coming next week, giving you further insight into more of those joining us this year. Tickets are now available online for the Friday or Saturday Click Here. These tickets include the racing and food festival. Remember Under 18’s go Free all weekend and advantage tickets brought include Free parking on the infield of the site, closer to the action.

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Stratford Food Festival at The Races 2014! All New, Redesigned Event – Launching this May!

Stratford Food Festival returns for its eighth year this summer, in a whole new, revised format, after a successful year at its new venue in 2013. Showplace, event organisers, and Stratford Racecourse have come together in creating a redesigned event, which will launch this May, ‘Stratford Food Festival at the Races!’

A scaled down, compact and focused food event will take place on the back of an existing double race meeting weekend in the racecourses annual calendar. Taking advantage of the Food Festivals following, built up over the years and the racecourses expanding audience, these two events bolted together will bring a whole new mix of demographics to both parties.

The event takes place on Friday 30th, Saturday 31st May and Sunday 1st June. Friday and Saturday of the weekend will feature evening horse races, between 6pm-9pm, and will be included in the ticket admission (Under 18’s go FREE). Tickets are On Sale Now, pre-booked online through the Racecourse website, all advance tickets for the food festival will include free parking, visitors can also pay on the day. Sunday there will be no racing but the food festival will take place and is FREE admission to all.

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This three day tasty twist on the traditional races will give both our foodie audience the chance to experience an evening of horse racing as well as regular race goers the opportunity to experience the usual aromas and hustle and bustle provided by some of the country’s best artisan food and drink producers. From cheeses and preserves to real ales, not forgetting the street food avenue set to tantalise the taste buds, there really will be something for everyone. Click here to take a look at who will be join us at the exhibitor list. 

Yet again we have great local support from previous exhibitors who are joining us again this year including The Lazy Cow, Havilands, Blackmans Bakery, Clever Sweets, Church Farm Brewery, North Cotswold Brewery, Ettington Park Hotel, Blueberry Hill Patisserie, Fine Chocolate Spa to name a few.

Visitors can wonder through the bustling stalls before, during and after the horse racing takes place (Friday & Saturday). Traders will have the opportunity to entice a footfall, seen in 2013, of approx 14,000 foodie enthusiasts over the weekend plus the additional 8,000 regular race goers.

Johnsons have come onboard with us again this year as our Official Travel Provider to offer a shuttle service which will link up Stratford Train Station – Stratford Town Centre – Stratford Racecourse during opening hours of the event, so if you don’t drive or would rather leave your car at home then take advantage of this service. Further details will be available at the Food Festival website including timetables and bus route.

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There will be plenty on offer over this weekend to whet everyone’s appetite – don’t miss out, stick the dates in your diary!

Keep up to date with what’s on at www.stratfordfoodfestival.co.uk. Or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

TV Bake-Off to Star at Stratford Food Festival

Celebrity master baker Paul Hollywood, one of the hosts of TV’s hugely popular “Great British Bake-Off”, will make his first appearance at the Stratford Food Festival this September on Sunday 15th.

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The Stratford-based Showplace Events team have secured Paul, one of the best known artisan bakers in the UK, as the headline act of the expanded weekend festival which takes place, for the first time, at Stratford Racecourse, 14th and 15th September 2013.

Most famous for his role on the hit BBC2 show starring alongside fellow judge Mary Berry, Paul also runs his own artisan bread business and ha

s become a recognised force in the baking and wider food industry. He regularly appears on TV shows and food networks and has published various best-selling books.

“We are thrilled that Paul has accepted our invitation. It will be great to have one of the top artisan bakers of the UK at the event, especially in its new home,” said Charlotte Harris of Showplace. “Visitors can look forward to seeing Paul doing a live bakery demonstration or join in one of his meet-and-greet sessions. He will do three live bakery demonstrations on the Sunday and appear around the site to do book signings and more.”

A packed programme will feature a host of local and regional food and drink producers, tastings and talks from industry experts, children’s activities and live music.

Charlotte added: “We know how popular the Great British Bake-Off is with our visitors so we will be incorporating this theme into the event in some way over the whole weekend!

“With the extra space available at the new racecourse site, a wider offering than ever before will be showcased. It’s very exicting for us to be able to create an event on this scale and know that we can now command interest from top experts from all over the UK, as well as cotinue to support our local traders and foodies.”

Tickets will be available for purchase online via the website www.stratfordfoodfestival.co.uk in July and anyone wanting to keep up with the latest food festival news can follow @foodfest2013 on twitter or by liking ‘stratfordfoodfestival’ on facebook.

 

Media contact:

Selwyn Rowley or Laura Bush at LMMC.

Selwyn@lmmc.co.ukLaura@lmmc.co.uk

01926 611700

Any queries regarding exhibiting: info@stratfordfoodfestival.co.uk

Sponsorship or becoming involved in the festival directed to Charlotte at Showplace (charlotte@stratfordfoodfestival.co.uk)

New Venue Annoucement

Food Festival Success Prompts Venue Switch

The seventh annual Stratford Food Festival will be the biggest and best yet – moving to a larger site to cope with rapid growth and aiming to attract a record 20,000 visitors to the town.

News of the venue switch comes hot on the heels of the Festival being nominated as one of three finalists in the TouchFM Tourism Initiative of the Year category of the Pride of Stratford awards.

Stratford-based main organisers, Showplace Events, have announced that Stratford Racecourse will be the venue for the 2013 festival on 14 and 15 September.  Following a 34 per cent increase in visitor footfall last year, the versatile new location allows further expansion. It has also been chosen for its easy access – avoiding the old site’s congestion around the Lower Clopton Bridge area – its free parking for exhibitors and visitors and its relatively weather-proof hardstanding surfaces.

Charlotte Parkin, at Showplace Events, explains: “Last year, at the recreation ground, if we had suffered Sunday’s weather a day early, when the site became completely water-logged, we would have been forced to cancel the event. At the same time, we achieved the site visitor capacity on the first day, which was a fabulous endorsement. We have the recipe right – we have become a major attraction: now we need to progress away from the limitations of our old site and its water-logging risks.”

For 2013, the organisers have exciting plans to make best use of the extra space and improve the visitor and exhibitor experience. They also aim to attract record exhibitor numbers, including main sponsor Waitrose, artisan producers – many of them local, ranging from cheesemakers to tea companies – and Stratford pubs and hotels.

Charlotte adds: “It’s only a few years since the event had to be rescued from financial ruin. Now, with the continued involvement of town traders and supporters, we aim to continue to grow, on a sound commercial footing, and realise our ambition to be one of the UK’s finest food events and a showcase for Stratford businesses and the entire town.

“While we’re disappointed to have to leave the recreation ground, the upside is that the racecourse offers us a long-term home and an exciting expansion opportunity, avoiding traffic chaos and being able to cope with wet weather.”

Nathan Nock, manager at The One Elm in Guild Street, comments: “We have been involved with the Festival and Showplace Events from the start. It’s marvellous to see how it has grown so fast and been given a new lease of life and how the town really pulls together to attract visitors from across the UK and overseas. It’s a credit to the main organisers and all those who take part.”

David Reid, Stratford Waitrose manager, adds: “We were delighted to sponsor the Festival in 2012. It gave us the chance to showcase our offer alongside some of the best regional producers. The festival is a great addition to the local calendar and all of the Partners at Waitrose Stratford look forward to supporting this growing event.”

 

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Anyone interested in finding out more about the 2013 Stratford Food Festival can contact Showplace Events, 3 Stour House, Clifford Park, Clifford Road, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire CV37 8HW.

Tel: 0044 (0) 1789 262701 or visit www.stratfordfoodfestival.co.uk

Alternatively send any enquiries to: info@stratfordfoodfestival.co.uk

 

Media contact: Selwyn Rowley or Laura Bush at LMMC

Selwyn@lmmc.co.ukLaura@lmmc.co.uk

01926 611700

 

Some highlights and enhancements of the 2013 Stratford Food Festival, so far…
 

  • Celebrity Chef Paul Hollywood announced for Sunday 15th of the Festival
  • Free town centre shuttle service to the Festival and back
  • Free Car parking for visitors and exhibitors
  • More marketing to boost the event’s profile as a national food and drink festival
  • Local business tent

Discounted exhibitor bookings ends 31st May – don’t miss out.