All ready for town centre food festival
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.”