SHIPSTON-on-Stour is hosting its first ever food festival in the town on Sunday (29th September) and the event is free to attend.
Over 30 stalls of hot food, local beer, and artisan food produce will be open in High Street and Market Place between 10am and 4pm.
Two weeks after Stratford-upon-Avon’s food festival weekend drew criticism because the event split into two to accommodate its increasing size, Shipston hope to succeed by hosting a much smaller festival.
One of the organisers, Shipston Deputy Mayor Philip Vial, said: “The only thing that is going to sop it going well now is appalling weather, everything’s sorted. All the local business are really on board, so it should be pretty exciting.”
As well as food stalls, there will be be entertainment and music, as well as cookery demonstrations from Francis Green, the self-proclaimed Cotswold Traiteur.
The event is sponsored by the Co-Operative Group, and has received support from Shipston Town Council, Transition Shipston and the Shipston Card scheme, a loyalty card for independent shops in the town.
The idea to host a one-day food festival came after the town’s ‘Bread Nose Day’ in March raised £600 for Comic Relief.
After that, organisers Dan Scobie, Mike Ashton, and Philip Vial decided to do something a bit bigger.
Free to enter, Philip said: “Any profit we make on the day will be invested into the Shipston Food Festival 2014.”
High Street and Market Place will be closed to traffic for the day.
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