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Shipston gears up for annual food festival

Shipston town centre is set to be transformed into a food lovers’ paradise as the fourth annual Shipston Food Festival takes place this Sunday (18 September).

The event will run from 10am-3pm and will host more cookery demonstrations than ever before.

Among those set to wow crowds is award-winning local chef Indunil Sanchi, who will teach onlookers how to make an authentic curry from scratch.

Former head chef at the Churchill Arms, John Oxton, will share his experiences of working with Gordon Ramsey and Marco Pierre White to persuade children at the festival to get stuck in with a hands-on demonstration.

The Cotswold Traiteur, Francis Green, will also take to the stage demonstrating how to make a delicious Kedgeree for brunch and chicken saltimbocca.

For those more interested in liquid refreshments, the Cotswold Distillery will share some of its secrets at the ‘Meet the Producer’ showcase, while the Shipston Beekeeping Association will be offering tips on producing honey.

The high street will be packed with a variety of food-related stalls, including many local producers, offering everything from oils and olives to beer, bread, coffee and chocolate.

Food Festival Chairman, Dan Scobie, said: “This year we’ve gone all out to maximise the demonstrations and talks which will offer some great cooking tips as well as helping people find out more about local producers. Having just started producing honey in my back garden, I’m also hoping we can enthuse more people to get involved in their very own artisan production.”

“Entry to the festival is free and there will be no shortage of stalls selling food and drink so my advice is, arrive hungry.”

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