Shipston set to be bustling with food stalls at festival

The third Shipston Festival is coming to the town from Friday, September 18 to Sunday, September 20. NNL-151109-122217001
The third Shipston Festival is coming to the town from Friday, September 18 to Sunday, September 20. NNL-151109-122217001

The third Shipston Food Festival is back again and will provide a feast of culinary delights over three days.

Building on the success of the previous two events, organisers have ambitious plans which will see the event run from Friday, September 18 to Sunday, September 20, kicking off with the Shipston Beer Festival hosted by the town’s rugby club.

Food retailer Taste of the Country has been confirmed as the show’s lead sponsor for the first time, and Jim Cherry, director, said: “We are delighted to increase our support for this annual event.

“Sponsoring the Shipston Food Festival is the perfect opportunity to celebrate Shipston’s foodie offering, both during events and all year round.”

On Friday the beer festival will also have live music, competitions, sports and family fun from 4pm and on Saturday there will be a Taste of the Country Junior Bake-Off with challenges for children aged between 11 and 16.

The main food festival will be from 10am to 4pm on the Sunday, featuring more than 40 businesses in the Cotswolds, Stour Valley and West Oxfordshire.

The stalls will features locally produced artisan foods, beers and hot food and drinks. There will also be live music from The Peas, wood-fired pizzas, cocktail making and a hog roast.

Local wine retailer Edward Sheldons will also be supporting the event with wine tastings and cellar tours.

Dan Scobie, event organiser, said: “Shipston Food Festival is grateful for the strong commitment from Taste of the Country and other local businesses to support the event and help put Shipston on the food-lovers map.

“The event is aimed for people to come down, enjoy the tasting demonstrations and grab something to eat from the many stalls. It is completely free to enter so it also asking people who have not been to Shipston before to come along and see what a great town it is.”

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