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Shrewsbury Food Festival 2013 Launch

Chef Marcus Bean, Food Festival Co-Founder Beth Heath & Chef Will Holland

Around 5,000 foodies will descend on Shrewsbury for the town’s first food festival.

The event is planned for Shrewsbury’s Quarry Park on June 29 and 30 and will feature 70 exhibitors, 10 bursary winners, hot food vendors, live music, a selection of Shropshire crafts and performances from bands.
Shrewsbury Food Festival also aims to generate money for local schools, which will be spent on new gardens. It is also supporting the town’s Fairtrade organisation and a food bank.
There will be plenty more on offer, with a restaurant safari planned for Shrewsbury Town Centre and a series of tasting trails that visit local independent retailers.

Festival chief executive Beth Heath said a small team of locals were behind the event. She said: “We want to create a vibrant new festival for Shrewsbury.

“Shrewsbury has incredible producers, a beautiful park, great restaurants and much more besides. The town has so much going for it and we want to create a celebratory event that everyone can be proud of.
“We’re also committed to helping the community. We want to drive customers into the town, once they’ve visited the site, so we’ve organised a restaurant safari and series of tasting trails.”

The event will also showcase local crafts and there will be bursary area featuring 10 nano-producers, who are looking to build their food businesses.

Live music from unsigned bands will also feature as part of a weekend-celebration of culture and the arts. BBC 6Music DJ Chris Hawkins will lead that part of the event.

Celebrity chefs like ITV This Morning’s Marcus Bean and Great British Menu star Will Holland will lead a starry line-up.

James Day, from Leisure Marketing Ltd, who is leading the restaurant safari, said: “We are looking forward to working with around 30 local restaurants who will offer accessibly priced tasting portions for people to try.
“We want to get people to sample the best local restaurants and we hope that their visit will inspire them to book a table.”

Further details are available at www.shrewsburyfoodfestival.co.uk and admission is just £5 for adults, £1 for under-16s and £10 for families.

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