All ready for town cen­tre food fes­ti­val

Coventry Telegraph - - NEWS - By JAMES RODGER

A CHAM­PAGNE-FILLED cel­e­bra­tion is on the cards to mark the re­turn of the Strat­ford Town Cen­tre Food Fes­ti­val.

Lo­cal restau­rant Lox­leys is cel­e­brat­ing its re­turn as spon­sor of the event, which takes place on Satur­day, Septem­ber 22, and Sun­day, Septem­ber 23, with a cham­pagne-filled morn­ing in the run-up to the event.

To cel­e­brate its fourth year as of­fi­cial fes­ti­val spon­sor, the Sheep Street restau­rant is host­ing an ex­clu­sive cham­pagne break­fast on Mon­day, Septem­ber 17, with a com­pe­ti­tion giv­ing four lucky peo­ple a chance to join in the fiz­ztas­tic cel­e­bra­tion.

Mak­ing the oc­ca­sion even more spe­cial, the cham­pagne break­fast will be cooked by Touch FM break­fast pre­sen­ters Ol­lie Gal­lant and Si Alexan­der who, un­der the watch­ful eye of Lox­leys’ team, will dish up break­fast for a restau­rant full of guests.

To be in with a chance of a fizz-filled feast at the spe­cial oc­ca­sion, all peo­ple have to do is en­ter via the Touch FM web­site on 102touchfm.co.uk. Two lucky en­trants’ names will be an­nounced on the Touch FM break­fast show on Fri­day, Septem­ber 14th and they will be in­vited to the break­fast on Septem­ber 17th, each with a plus one.

For those who don’t scoop the top prize, Lox­leys is also run­ning a spe­cial deal on its cham­pagne break­fast that day.

“When we cel­e­brate at Lox­leys, we do it in style,” said Jonathan Lea, man­ager of Lox­leys. “So how bet­ter to cel­e­brate our fourth year as spon­sor of the Strat­ford Town Cen­tre Food Fes­ti­val in its cur­rent for­mat than with a won­der­ful cham­pagne break­fast.

“Be­ing in­volved in the food fes­ti­val is some­thing we look for­ward to ev­ery year. It’s a great way of get­ting food and drink lovers into Strat­ford to see ex­actly what we can of­fer and we look for­ward to wel­com­ing plenty of new faces to the town, and to the restau­rant.

“We’ll have a stall on Bridge Street and will also be run­ning a com­pe­ti­tion on the week­end it­self so peo­ple should make sure they come and see us.”

Lox­leys will also be tak­ing part in the pro­gramme of free demon­stra­tions at the fes­ti­val’s Water­side Cook­ery The­atre, with sous chef Chris But­ler show­ing the au­di­ence how to pre­pare Gress­ing­ham duck with sum­mer cher­ries as a fi­nale on the Sun­day.

Other demos from Strat­ford busi­nesses in­clude: Thai food from Sabai Sabai; a cheese demon­stra­tion from Pax­ton & Whit­field; wine tast­ing with Vin Neuf; a ‘gin­tas­tic’ ses­sion with the Golden Bee and the chance to see Bouche Bake House’s head baker Tizzy Rose cre­at­ing its house spe­cial­ity bread, The Goldilocks Bread.

The fes­ti­val, which was re­cently in­cluded in a list of the Top 10 UK Events for Septem­ber 2018 on the Hol­i­day Let­tings from TripAd­vi­sor blog, sprawls through Strat­for­ward town cen­tre.

It in­cludes a bustling pro­duc­ers’ mar­ket or­gan­ised by Cotswold Mar­ket fea­tur­ing over 100 stalls in­clud­ing some of the re­gion’s finest food and drink pro­duc­ers.

There will also be the pop­u­lar Sun­day mar­ket on the sec­ond day of the fes­ti­val, of­fer­ing an eclec­tic mix of stalls in­clud­ing craft, art and street food.

In Bell Court, vis­i­tors will be able to en­joy free hands-on work­shops on the Sun­day as well as live mu­sic on both days from 11am to 5pm.

The ever-pop­u­lar Food and Ale Trails also re­turn, giv­ing peo­ple the chance to sam­ple food and drink from a se­lected list of par­tic­i­pat­ing restau­rants, cafes, pubs and bars, aimed at giv­ing vis­i­tors a taste of the fan­tas­tic food scene in Strat­ford. Tickets sell fast so peo­ple need to sign up on­line as soon as pos­si­ble.

Ruth Wood, Events Man­ager at Strat­for­ward, said: “We’re lucky that each of our events re­ceives great lo­cal sup­port and the Strat­ford Town Cen­tre Food Fes­ti­val is no dif­fer­ent. We’re de­lighted that Lox­leys is back spon­sor­ing the event for the fourth year - it’s great to have them board again.

“The food fes­ti­val is a cel­e­bra­tion of the great food and drink scene we have in Strat­ford and brings food fans from across the re­gion to see our chefs and pro­duc­ers in ac­tion and to check out the thriv­ing food scene here.”

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