Whitchurch Food & Drink Festival


Back by popular demand to launch our fifth anniversary celebrations is celebrity chef and TV personality Rosemary Shrager! Rosemary will be joining us at Whitchurch Food & Drink Festival on Saturday 19th May 2018, undertaking two demonstrations on our cookery theatre, as well as judging our celebration cake competition. We cannot wait to welcome Rosemary back to Whitchurch!

Whitchurch Food & Drink Festival’s team is thrilled to announce that celebrity chef and TV favourite Rosemary Shrager is returning to Shropshire this year to open the event. The festival will be celebrating its fifth anniversary from 19th – 20th May 2018 throughout Whitchurch Civic Centre. Rosemary’s latest TV work includes being a judge on The Big Family Cooking Showdown and, most recently, The Real Marigold Hotel on Tour. The show followed Rosemary and her group of TV veterans as they travelled to China and Thailand to experience retirement in a foreign country, which aired on BBC1 in December 2017. Rosemary is a talented and versatile chef who loves talking about food as much as she loves cooking. Rosemary Shrager said “I am really looking forward to visiting Whitchurch Food & Drink Festival again, I had such a ball back in 2016. It was great to see a small town working together to host a wonderful festival.” During her time at the festival on Saturday 19th May Rosemary will complete two live cookery demonstrations on stage as well as judging the Celebration Cake Competition, which is open to both amateurs and professionals.

Join us at the festival and watch the Royal Wedding on our big screens at 12 noon!

The event, which has grown year on year, will showcase over eighty trade stands, both inside and outside the Civic Centre, supported by an Artisan Craft Market in Whitchurch High Street. Sit down and relax in the Food Court with live music and a great choice of delicious hot and cold food. Children can perfect their cookery skills at the Kids Kitchen and there will be live musical performances from a range of talented local artists in the outdoor Food Court. This is a fun, free festival that you really do not want to miss.

We have a packed programme on the cookery theatre with a number of talented chefs already booked in to bring you the best in demonstrations. The Producer Awards are open to both traders and local businesses and the best part – this is a completely free event! There will be lots to try and buy from delicious cakes, bakes and treats, to freshly griddled game burgers and pizzas, homemade fruit preserves to fiery chilli jam, real ale, cider, cocktails, estate grown and bottled wine and prosecco by the glass – Whitchurch Food & Drink Festival really does have something to suit every palette!

The festival will always offer free entry so come along with the whole family to our lovely market town of Whitchurch from Saturday 19th – Sunday 20th  May. Our fantastic foodie festival is a high quality local event, with a few extra special surprises! Once again we look forward to welcoming many of our regular food exhibitors and supporters back this year. We are also searching for high quality crafters to join the Artisan Craft Market which runs alongside the festival. Please email tcm@whitchurchcouncil.uk for more information. The market highlights the work of the local crafters in and around Shropshire.

TV favourite Rosemary Shrager with local chef Brian Mellor and the Mayor of Whitchurch at the time Cllr Mike McDonald when Rosemary was last in Whitchurch in 2016.

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If you would like to express interest for the 2018 Whitchurch Food and Drink Festival please email Zoe Dean tcm@whitchurchcouncil.uk. Tel: 01948 665761.

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