Shrewsbury Food Festival June 28th - 29th

Up to 20,000 people are expected to descend on Shrewsbury Food Festival on June 28 and 29 – giving local traders a £500,000 boost.

Shrewsbury can look forward to a windfall when huge numbers of people descend on The Quarry for the town’s second annual food festival.

The event will feature more than 200 exhibitors, celebrity chef demonstrations, live music, a selection of farmyard animals, free activities for children, workshops and much more.

The event is already the largest of its kind in the West Midlands, eclipsing the Ludlow Food Festival after just one year.

Event chair Andy Richardson said: “We’ve been overwhelmed by the support for Shrewsbury Food Festival and we’re looking forward to welcoming people to the Quarry on June 28 and 29.

“There’ll be a huge amount to see and do: the programme has expanded considerably. We’re focusing on the best that Shropshire has to offer. To have become the biggest food festival in the West Midlands in only our second year is remarkable – it’s a testament to the town, its producers and its restaurants.”

Beth Heath, operations director, added: “We’re all about providing fun for families and we’ve frozen our admission prices from last year. We’re just a fiver for adults and a tenner for families – and we think that’s unbeatable value.

“We’ve delivered on our promises from last year, by giving away £1,000 to local schools and helping other local charities and worthwhile causes.

“Now it’s time for the fun to begin.”

Tickets for the event are available online at www.shrewsburyfoodfestival.co.uk and people who buy early will avoid queues by being fast-tracked into The Quarry.

The event will be opened by Shrewsbury and Atcham MP Daniel Kawczynski and Shrewsbury Mayor, Councillor Mrs Beverley Baker.

The festival won a mayor’s award and helps to bring trade to the town by organising events including a #RestaurantSafari and a fringe festival at Shrewsbury Market. Traders are set to receive a windfall as people from across the region descend on the town.

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