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The county town of Shropshire, Shrewsbury is set to host a huge new food festival this summer in the grounds of the Quarry Park.

Shrewsbury will play host to  the first food festival in the town on 9 and 10 June

Shrewsbury will play host to the first food festival in the town on 9 and 10 June

As readers of my event ramblings, you’ll probably know that I enjoy foodie events, with Ludlow food festival being one of my favourites.

So I was chuffed to be told that the organisers of the Ludlow food festival will be bringing their magic to Shrewsbury this June.

The organisers have predicted that the food event could bring in tens of thousands of pounds for Shrewsbury’s economy, and are expecting thousands to descend on the Shropshire county town.

This event will run separately from the towns other major festival, The Shrewsbury Flower Show which will be held in the park on 9 and 10 August, for more information on tickets to  the flower show go to

The food festival is being scheduled for 29 and 30 June 2013, where scores of the best restaurants in the town and dozens of producers to suit all tastes and budgets will be taking over the top end of the Quarry Park, from The Dingle to St Chad’s Church, which is within easy walking distance of the town centre.

The stalls are expected to be arranged in a courtyard style setting with 70 hand-picked artisan producers, and a marquee for cooking demonstrations.

There will also be plenty of talks and demonstrations, with ‘have-a-go’ at baking and a chance to learn some of the skills that local food producers use day-in-day out.

There will be plenty for the kids to do with music, entertainment and a crafts area during the event weekend and for the parents there will be a chance to try fine food and wine from across the county.

Some of the many great restaurants that Shrewsbury has to offer will be taking part in this unique experience, with menus to suit all tastes and pockets, with many taking part in the restaurant safari. The participating restaurants will be offering low-cost dishes that will give you a chance to sample their menus.

It’s also nice to see a great website called being involved in what is going to be an exciting and tasty weekend!

Entry to the Food Festival in Shrewsbury will be just £5 and for more information on tickets go to

The BBC’s Good Food show at the NEC in Birmingham was the biggest food event of 2012

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The last-minute decision to pay a visit to the NEC in Birmingham to the Good Food Show Winter was a great idea of mine, even if I say so myself.

With a host of celebrity chefs at every corner, this food show was a must for foodies. On entering the arena, the show had a great buzz with lot’s of foodies enjoying a great day out.

Amazing shows in the Supertheatre

This year the Supertheatre was host to some amazing shows, including MasterChef Live, The Hairy Bikers, James Martin and John Whaite, the finalist from the Great British Bake Off.

There were hundreds of great exhibitors happily letting visitors taste their wares. The great thing about visiting the BBC Good Food Show during the week, is the amount of people attending is far less than during the weekend, therefore enabling you to move around the NEC comfortably and enjoy tasting more of the fine wines, beers and specialist whiskey, vodka and gins on offer.

Fancy bumping in to you!

There was plenty opportunity to meet some wonderful producers of some of the tastiest food the UK has to offer. It was also a lovely surprise to bump into a friend of mine Julia, from Shrewsbury who owns the amazing Sweet shop Toot Sweets, her stand looked amazing as did all her wonderful home-made chocolates.  It was also nice to see TV chef from This Morning, Marcus Bean owner of The New Inn in Baschurch (my local) on the M&S stage doing what he does best!

I didn’t manage to catch any of the shows in the Supertheatre as time was limited, and I was on the hunt for some great real ales for an upcoming real ale review for But I wasn’t disappointed as there was so much to see, and plenty of cookery demonstrations from top chefs in the UK on the M&S stage and various other stages dotted around the venue.

One of the best demonstrations was from Masterchef winner Shelina Permalloo and Andy Peters, they were very entertaining and great to watch.

The BBC Food Show is always a great day out and tickets for the Summer show in June 2013 are now available.

For more information on BBC Good Food Show tickets, dates and prices go to