Steph Reed from organisers Showplace Events said: “We were looking at options to try and spice up the food festival this year.

“We’ve got a great relationship with the venue and looked at ways we could bring things together.”

Last year Showplace moved their food festival to the racecourse, while Stratforward business improvement district held one in town on the same weekend in September.

The competing food festivals was branded “disjointed” and “confusing” by locals and visitors, with Showplace’s event criticised for high prices, and Stratforward’s described as just a food market.

Maria Warters, chair of Stratforward, confirmed there would be no town centre food festival during May, and that no plans had been made yet to hold one in September.

Showplace claim their racecourse festival attracted 14,000 visitors over two days last year. With the help of the horse racing, they’re hoping for over 20,000 over three days this time around.

Last year Great British Bake Off star Paul Hollywood was the biggest attraction but the company have not booked any celebrity chefs for next month.

“We’ve taken the approach to focus on artisan chefs, local, regional and national,” said Steph. “The actual producers of the food, that’s what we’re focusing on.”

The Lazy Cow are one of the main exhibitors and the Real Ale and cider tent is expected to be popular.

Johnsons Coaches are offering a shuttle bus from Stratford train station and Rother Street to the racecourse throughout the event. A return ticket costs £1.50 and 50p from each one goes to The Shakespeare Hospice.

On Friday 30th May the food festival is open from 4pm-9pm and racing starts at 6pm.

On Saturday 31st the festival is from 1pm-9pm and racing again starts at 6pm. Sunday’s festival is from 10am-4pm.

Normal evening race meets at Stratford cost £20 for club tickets, £16 for Tattersalls tickets and £10 for centre course tickets.