Shropshire Tasty Trail to bring food lovers out to the countryside

Shropshire food lovers are invited to an event which aims to celebrate local food and drink in the county.

Shropshire Festivals have released tickets for an event that mixes locally produced food and drink with an eight-mile walk near Shrewsbury on May 23 this year.

The Shropshire Tasty Trail aims to leave muddy footprints, not carbon footprints, with organisers sourcing food and drink locally to keep food miles to a minimum. The walk will include three stop-offs, where walkers will enjoy a different course.

The event was originally planned for May 2020 but was unable to go ahead during the pandemic. Current Covid guidelines will allow the event to go ahead in May this year – however the previous route with indoor stop-offs has been exchanged for a fully outdoor, Covid-safe option, with the trail now starting at Upton Magna Village Hall car park.

The trail is limited to 600 places, which will need to be registered for in advance.

Beth Heath of Shropshire Festivals said: “If you love walking in the great outdoors, socialising with loved ones, eating and drinking delicious produce and supporting local businesses, then this event is perfect for you.

“Walkers will embark on an eight-mile trail that will include three stop-offs, where you will enjoy a tasty course made with ingredients sourced from the local area. This delicious food will be washed down with some of the region’s finest ales and ciders. We will be using public footpaths and we have secured access to some areas that are not usually open to the public – so this will be a brand-new route for everyone taking part.

“It will be the perfect opportunity to take in beautiful views across Shropshire, whilst keeping active and supporting Shropshire’s food and drink producers. We want the Tasty Trail to be fun for all, which is why we’re lining up live music along the way."

Tickets are priced at £29.50 per person, which includes admittance to the walk, a three-course meal along the trail, and a different alcoholic drink at each stop.

The start and finish point will be at Upton Magna Village Hall, SY4 4TZ.

Beth added: “We are very aware of Covid regulations and therefore each of the stops will be in the great outdoors so please bring appropriate clothing and sun hats. If the roadmap out of lockdown changes and the event has to be postponed, then full refunds will be offered or the option to move tickets to a new date."

For more information and to purchase tickets visit shropshiretastytrails.co.uk.

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