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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.

Moroccan spiced Chicken with Mead

This recipe was provided by Demijohn, exhibitor at this years Stratford Food Festival at The Races. They use one of their products, Mead, within this recipe, click here to get your hands on some. Enjoy……

Ingredients

  • 10 free range chicken thighs with bone in and skin on
  • 2 tsp salt 1 tsp ground pepper
  • 120g dried apricots
  • 1onion chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 tbsp lazy ginger
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 350ml Traditional Mead 14%
  • 50g flaked almonds.

Preparation

Season the chicken thighs with salt and pepper and then brown the pieces in olive oil in a heavy frying or saute pan for about 5 minutes each side. Remove them to an ovenproof dish and scatter the apricots over and around the chicken. Pour off all but 3 tbsps of fat from the pan and soften the onion in it, adding the garlic and ginger followed by the spices and remaining salt and pepper once the onion is almost completely softened.

Add the Traditional Mead to the pan, deglaze and simmer for about 5 minutes until the juices thicken slightly. Pour these over the chicken, cover the dish and bake at 180 degrees celsius for about 1 hour until the chicken is thoroughly cooked. Remove the cover 10 minutes before the end of the cooking time. Toast the flaked almonds in a dry frying pan and sprinkle them over the chicken before serving with couscous.

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Healthy & Delicious Home-Cooked Alternatives to Your Kids’ Favourite Junk Food.

Guest Blog by Menzies Hotels.

Kids and junk food is not a new combination, but sadly it is an unhealthy one that can lead to obese children. If you don’t want your kids to become an obesity rate statistic, but the thought of wrestling them away from their favourite fast food treats seems like mission impossible, we have a sneaky suggestion for you.

It’s simple, really: adapt your children’s favourite junk food into healthy homemade family-friendly alternatives. Here are a few of our top tips for healthy ‘junk’ food:

Burgers

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Fast food burgers made with fatty, salty beef, a white bun, and lots of toppings are high in calories, cholesterol, fat and carbohydrates. Try subbing out the processed beef for a grilled chicken breast to cut down on cholesterol and fat, and serve it on a wholegrain bun for added fibre.

Bump up your burger’s appeal by topping it with tasty avocado rather than bacon and cheese, both of which are full of saturated fat. And if your kids can’t eat a burger without ketchup, whip up some fresh salsa instead. It’ll give the burger a burst of flavour without the hefty dose of sugar that’s found in store-bought ketchup.

Fish and Chips

Make fish and chips healthier by replacing traditional deep-fried chips with a baked sweet potato version. Cut a sweet potato into wedges and spread them out on a baking tray coated in heart-healthy olive oil. Season with salt, pepper and rosemary, then bake until crispy. Your kids will be surprised how the sweetness of the potato adds extra flavor to this junk food favorite.

And while we’re at it, try grilling or baking a juicy piece of cod and flavouring it with lemon and dill, rather than coating it in batter and sizzling it in a vat of vegetable oil.

Pasta Dishes

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Kids love pasta, but the problem with takeaway pasta dishes is that they’re often coated in processed creamy or sugary sauces. Try cooking up a simple homemade tomato sauce to lather it in instead. Using fresh tomatoes will make the sauce more flavoursome than tinned or fast food versions, both of which are packed to the brim with sugar. Serve wholewheat pasta, instead of the regular white stuff, for more fibre.

Shepherd’s Pie

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Cut down on the fat and simple carbohydrate content of a traditional shepherd’s pie by replacing the cheesy mashed potato topping with mashed cauliflower. Break down a head of cauliflower and boil the florets, then blend until smooth for a mashed layer your kids will love. If you want to add texture to your cauliflower, blend in some low-fat coconut milk for more flavour and creaminess.

Sugary Drinks and Fruit Juice

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Empty liquid calories from sugar-heavy soft drinks, fruit juices and other processed drinks can wreak havoc on your child’s health. Make a delicious replacement by adding fresh fruits or vegetables to a pitcher of water, and keep it in the fridge so it’s handy whenever your little ones want a sweet treat. Within a few hours the water will take on the flavour of the infused produce. Start with kid-friendly options like strawberries, lemons, grapes or cucumbers.

Chicken Nuggets

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Chicken nuggets are a staple of many kids’ diets, but the junk food version is fried, fatty and often made with the less healthy dark meat of the chicken (or with unidentifiable bits of chicken altogether!). Make nuggets healthier at home by using white meat, and baking instead of frying. Cut chicken breasts into nugget-shaped pieces, coat them in bread crumbs using egg whites, and toss ’em into the oven.

If you follow these simple recipes, your kids won’t even know the difference, and you can sleep easy knowing your little ones aren’t going to balloon into unhealthy little monsters. (Though we can’t help with the monster part, we’re afraid!)

 

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