CELEBRITY chefs are set to cook up a storm at Stratford Food Festival later this month.
The chefs, including Glynn Purnell and Tom Shepherd, will be showcasing their culinary skills at the two-day food festival set to take place on Saturday October 28 and Sunday October 29.
The popular event faced the chop last month due to event organisers Cocker Hoop Creative pulling out but Stratford BID managed to rally around and save the festival at the final hour by appointing local company LSD Promotions to run it.
The festival had been previously scheduled to take place on September 16 and 17.
Other highlights of the festival include local businesses such as Shakespeare Distillery, who will give a cocktail making demonstration and over 130 artisan stalls.
The diverse range of stalls, all representing regional producers, includes everything from cheeses, freshly baked goods and artisanal oils, to mouthwatering sweet treats, jams and preserves and gourmet beverages.
And the festival’s street food traders will whet appetites with an array of global cuisine on offer.
A host of free entertainment available on both days includes face painting, balloon modelling, musicians, stilt walker, and living statues and comedy waiters, who are set to entertain shoppers with a hysterical combination of silent sketches, slapstick and dance.
A spokesperson for LSD said: “The Stratford Food Festival is not just about food – it’s about celebrating the vibrant community and the diverse flavours and culinary talents that define our region. Families, friends, and food connoisseurs of all ages are invited to share in this extraordinary weekend.”
Rich Jones, chair of the board at Stratford BID, added: “The BID is delighted that we’ve overcome recent problems to ensure this fantastic event goes ahead and we look forward to welcoming visitors to come along and enjoy the wide range of shopping and experiences on offer.”
The food festival runs between 10am and 6pm on Saturday and 10am to 5pm on Sunday on Henley Street and Bridge Street.