8th Dec, 2016

Tastebuds tingling for food and ale trails at Stratford Food Festival

Stratford Editorial 9th Sep, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

TASTEBUDS will be tingling at this year’s Stratford Town Centre Food Festival.

More than 30 restaurants, cafes, bars and pubs have signed up to be part of the popular food and ale trails at the free three-day event, which runs from Friday (September 23) until Sunday (September 25).

Food fans can visit a host of local eateries including Boston Tea Party, Wildwood Restaurant, Carluccio’s, Huffkins Bakery, La Marina Café and Paxton & Whitfield for a free mini taster from noon to 4pm on the Saturday and Sunday.

The ale trail meanwhile, is set to run from 2pm to 8pm on the Saturday and Sunday and give thirsty punters the chance to visit town centre hostelries such as The Bear Freehouse, Church Street Townhouse, The Keys & Kitchen, The Dirty Duck, The Lamplighter, The Pen & Parchment and The White Swan Hotel where they will be able to swig a sample of selected tipples.

The festival will also see Stratford town centre packed with at least 100 stalls showcasing the best of local food and produce with The Local Producers Area on Waterside a new feature this year.

Local chefs will showcase the town’s own culinary talent at The Waterside Cookery Theatre on the Friday and Saturday, while there will also be some hands-on workshops for both children and adults.

And top chef Jean-Christophe Novelli is set to share his kitchen skills and secrets on the final day of the free food-filled extravaganza, which is organised by Stratforward Business Improvement District in association with Geraud Markets.

Tickets for the taste trails cost £3 each and the real ale trail tickets cost £5 to include a souvenir glass.

Visit www.stratforward.co.uk/events/stratford-town-centre-food-festival/ to reserve a place.