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Shrewsbury Food Festival 2018: Countdown begins for Quarry Park event

By Andy Richardson | Dining out | Published:

More than 25,000 people can look forward to great music, celebrity chef demonstrations, a taste of Shropshire and more besides when Shrewsbury Food Festival returns on June 23 and 24.

Pic caption: Grant Lees, from The Buttermarket, and colleague Claire Doster, bars manager at The Buttermarket, raise a glass to Shrewsbury Food Festival.

The event will take place in The Quarry Park and preparations for the event are already under way.

The town’s Buttermarket will sponsor the festival’s music stage, and nightclub DJ Grant Lees said there would be plenty of local music on the top of the bill.

He said: “The festival has become an integral part of Shrewsbury’s events calendar over the past five or six years and we are delighted to be back again.”

The event will also raise money for good causes, while the Shrewsbury-based charity Self Help Africa is planning an Auction for Africa. Self Help Africa spokeswoman Steph Smith said plenty of lots are available and people could log onto selfhelpafrica.org to find out more.

She said: “All auction lots have been generously donated by our local friends and partners, so a huge thanks to you all for supporting our Festival charity, Self Help Africa.”

Based in Shrewsbury, Self Help Africa is an international charity which works in nine African countries; their vision is of a rural Africa free from hunger and poverty.

The charity’s workers support farmers to grow more food, increase their income from farming activities and become self-sufficient. Event chief executive Beth Heath said: “We’re planning our best festival yet.

“We’ve got an amazing barbecue contest so people will be able to taste food cooked by specialists from around the UK.

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“We’ve also got a brilliant programme of activities for families and kids.”

Ms Heath added: “There’s more on site than ever before and we have even booked the sunshine.”

The event will feature more than 200 exhibitors, including scores of award-winning producers from across the region.

There will also be the opportunity for people to buy crafts from Shropshire artisans, who will give demonstrations throughout the weekend.

Andy Richardson

By Andy Richardson
Feature Writer - @andyrichardson1

Feature writer and food critic Andy Richardson interviews celebrities, writes columns and hangs out with chefs for stories that appear across all group titles.

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