The Stratford-upon-Avon Food Festival is always a great weekend and EMPR is delighted to work with its headline sponsor Loxleys Restaurant and Wine Bar.
Like other festivals across the country, the Stratford event was put on hold during the Covid crisis but is back for 2021, as is Loxleys as its sponsor.
The free festival, organised by Stratforward BID, offers a range of food and drink at a variety of stalls, cookery demonstrations, workshops and live music on September 18th and 19th, taking over Bridge Street, High Street and Henley Street.
Tor Wilkes, marketing and events manager for Stratforward BID, said: “We are very much looking forward to the festival to highlight Stratford’s vibrant food and drink scene and encourage people back to town.
“This has been a tough time for most, especially for hospitality businesses, and we’re urging everyone to come out in force and give support.
“Preparations for the food festival are Covid considerate and will be fully compliant with Covid restrictions. Taste and Ale Tails will not take place due to Covid considerations.
“We are closely watching government advice and liaising with the local authorities to ensure a safe enjoyable event. Security will be on hand for added reassurance.”
Included on the menu for the festival’s demonstrations are cocktail making from The Fourteas, and classes from MOR Bakery, The Woodsman, Shakespeare Distillery, Stratford Music Café, Diana’s Tearoom and event sponsors, Loxleys Restaurant and Wine Bar.
Festival-goers can also get their teeth into pizza-throwing fun from Pizza Express and workshops with The Spotted Treehouse, Roly’s Fudge Pantry and wine merchant Vin Neuf.
Stalls will include MOR Bakery, Barry the Butcher, The Shakespeare Distillery, Cosy Chic Pet Boutique, and the food category winner of the National Youth Market Final, as well as many local producers.
Loxleys Restaurant director Jonathan Lea added: “We’re delighted to be back as the main sponsor of the food festival in Stratford. It’s a great event for the town and one we’ve supported for several years.
“We’re also glad to be able to announce our support over the next year for Lifespace, a local children’s charity – something very close to our heart as a family-run business. Lifespace provides one-to-one mentoring for children and young people in the Stratford area to reduce distress, build resilience and enable them to achieve more.”