A GOOD breakfast is always important.
And guests were treated to just that when served a champagne-accompanied spread at Loxleys Restaurant and Wine Bar to celebrate the launch of Stratford Food Festival which takes place this weekend.
The culinary festival, organised by Stratforward BID, will take place on High Street, Henley Street and Bridge Street on Saturday and Sunday (September 21 and 22).
Among the breakfast guests were Jasmine Reeves from Paxton and Whitfield, Adam Lucock from Barry the Butcher and Zenios Loucas from The Fourteas who will all be carrying out cookery demonstrations throughout the weekend.
The festival, sponsored by Loxleys, is one of the town’s most popular events, attracting thousands from near and far.
On the menu for food lovers this year is the opportunity to browse the 120-stall food market showcasing local and regional food and drink products. Visitors can also get their teeth into the free hands-on workshops at Bell Court on Sunday, from wine tasting to children’s pizza making.
Local chefs will also be showing off their skills at the Cookery Theatre – this year in Bridge Street to cut down on road closure disruption.
Back by popular demand, the taste trails will once again provide festival-goers with the opportunity to sample some of Stratford’s finest eateries. This year’s Ale Trail is also bigger than ever before.
And bakers of all ages are encouraged to enter their cakes – cupcakes for under 16s and celebration cakes for over 16s – to The Shakespeare Hospice stall, opposite Shakespeare’s birthplace on Saturday.