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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.


Church Farm Brewery:


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.


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.

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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.


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.


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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Getting to know ‘Queens Park Preserves’ exhibitors at this years Stratford Food Festival.

We interviewed Alison from Queens Park Preserves when they attended our preview event…find out more about them and what to expect at the Food Festival.

– How did the business begin?

I had always made jams and chutneys for people at Christmas and they proved so popular I decided to start a business.  We have been going since April and it has been fantastic.

All our products are vegetarian, gluten free, no preservatives….totally natural. Made in the old fashioned, open pan method and only made in small batches as well. We offer lots of unusual flavours like mango and lime, fig, apricot & brandy, strawberry and black pepper and our very popular chilli jam. We also make traditional jams and marmalades as well.



– What are your plans for the food festival?

We are going to launch our chilli jam at the festival.  We have promoted it on a small scale at county shows but we believe the Stratford Food festival will be an excellent springboard for this great product.

– Any plans for the future?

We are already in a couple of shops, but what we would love to get from the Festival is a stockist in this are as we dont have anyone who sells our products in Warwickshire.  We  currently have two retail stockists in Leicestershire and would love to expand into other areas. The chilli jam is also exported to Poland and the shop there have given it to someone in Switzerland so we are hoping that may lead to something.  You never know!!

– Do you source the ingredients locally?

Yes, some of these here like the raspberries and the strawberries are from an award-winning farm in Herefordshire. Where ever we can we get them (ingredients) locally, but when we can’t , such as Mango, we use local markets. But I mean everything else like the gooseberry jam we do, we actually pick them ourselves from our local farm. Like this one the English Pear Chutney….there from trees in Fillongley in Warwickshire, my mum lives there. She’s told all the local farmers and the next thing I knew they were turning up with hundreds and hundreds of pairs, bramley apples, all sorts of things. Living in the area that we do you can use all the local things, there’s so much to choise from.

We just want to get back to making proper jam, jam that tastes of fruit not sugar!

– Good Luck with the Festival, see you there.