Festival of Food to take centre stage

The Festival of Food will put great Shropshire produce centre stage

The organisers of one of Shropshire’s most popular one-day shows have unveiled plans for a new Festival of Food at this year’s event.

Newport Show will expand its current food focus into a full blown festival including a new pop up street food area offering a taste of dishes from around the world, a dedicated Little Foodies marquee to inspire children to try their hand at cooking, and a culinary masterclass at Chetwynd Deer Park on July 9.

The Festival of Food will also more than double the area available for trade exhibitors selling locally produced and sourced food and have a larger seating and dining area overlooking the showground for visitors around the Countryside Terrace

The existing food theatre that will feature demonstrations from local chefs and celebrity cook Nadiya Hussain, the winner of the Great British Bake Off, will be increased in size.

The schools marquee is being relocated to the Countryside Terrace to link up with the new Festival of Food and encourage young people to get involved in food related activities.

The show’s Festival of Food Chairman Tony Asson, said: “With Newport Show’s agricultural roots, food production and local produce has always played an important part in our event to encourage greater understanding of the journey from farm to fork.

“With the growing popularity in home cooking and healthy eating and the brilliant response to our previous food activities, creating the Festival of Food was a natural progression.

“There will be something food related for the whole family to get involved in from demonstrations in the Little Foodies marquee for children to get hands on experience in cooking to adult masterclasses in Indian cooking.

“The Street Food market will offer a vast range of tasty dishes for people to buy and eat on site and we will be welcoming more traders than ever with locally produced and grown food for sale.”

Last year’s Newport Show attracted a record breaking 13,000 visitors and Tony said they were hoping this year’s attendance would top that.

“Although the show has developed over the years from its original agricultural focus, it still remains a very important part and the new Festival of Food will reiterate the vital role that farming plays in everyday lives,” he added.

The packed programme also includes a host of family entertainment, a focus on horticulture, a craft fair and dog show as well as strongly contested livestock and equine competitions.

To buy advance tickets for the show, go to www.newportshow.co.uk or call 0845 467 1889. Membership packages that offer additional privileges are also available.

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