Shrewsbury Food Festival organisers nominated for award

The organisers of one of Shropshire's biggest food festivals have been invited to the House of Lords after being nominated for a rural Oscar.

Shrewsbury Food Festival organisers nominated for award

Shrewsbury Food Festival has become a huge event in the three years since its inception and last year attracted a record 26,000 people – the biggest attendance for a food festival in Shropshire's history.

Plans are already under way for this year's event, which will be staged in the Quarry Park, in Shrewsbury, on June 25 and 26. And the two people who founded and own the event, Beth Heath and Andy Richardson, have been invited to a gala reception at the House of Lords on April 27.

They are lined for a Countryside Alliance Award and will attend a ceremony backed by the Farmers Guardian, Hunter, the Countryside Alliance and the Daily Telegraph.

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Today Mr Richardson said the nomination reflected on the hard work of the 100-strong Shrewsbury Food Festival team. He said: "This isn't just about the people who created the event and who manage it, it's about the team that has built something really, really special for people from across Shropshire."

Mrs Heath said: "We're going to take an even bigger area of The Quarry this year, including all along the riverbank. We had so many people there last year that we need to expand and occupy an even bigger area. We've got an amazing line-up of chefs, we've got some brilliant bands for our music stage, there's loads of great free stuff for kids and we've got a few surprises up our sleeves too.

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