On 27/06/15, my family and I went to Shrewsbury Food Festival. Shrewsbury plays host to a number of big events throughout the year – including the Folk Festival and the Flower Show – and, although I attend (and enjoy) these other events, the Food Festival is certainly better suited to me!!
The day started off muggy and overcast and I was p**sing myself when I saw my dad appear in his finest sandals and shorts combo. Unfortunately, the weather forecasters (for whom I shall blame for my outfit choice) were, on this day, spot on when they said it would “brighten up”. Here was me wearing jeans and a black t-shirt on, what I am sure, was one of the hottest days on record.
Anyway, enough about the heat. This was the first year I had attended the Food Festival but I had been reliably informed that previous years had been a huge success. After entering the Quarry, which played host to the event, I started to walk my way around the vast number of stalls selling all types of food, drink, cooking utensils and other food-based goodies.
I sampled all sorts, including spicy curry sauce (not good on an empty stomach) and beer (also not good on an empty stomach)!!
But the icing on the cake, the cream of the crop, was the sight of “Burgers for sale” – woohoo!
These were no ordinary beef burgers though – pfft! I had a choice of venison, ostrich and zebra!! After a chat with the stall owner, I plumped for the zebra (I am sure there is some clever horse/Tesco related joke here but I’ll be buggered if I can think of it)!
The meat was a lot leaner than I had expected and, as a result, was less juicy than its beefy counterparts. That being said, it was delicious and I would highly recommend it for the price (£3.50 on the day was not bad at all).
I also sampled sausage rolls courtesy of local company, Coopers which, as always, are bloody superb.
I also cannot praise highly enough, beer from both the Ludlow and Woods breweries plus countless others – needless to say, by the end of the day I was stuffed…although I did manage to force down a chinese when I got home (bye bye diet) 🙂
If you get the chance in 2016, do attend this event! There are things going on in the town centre too and I will be sure to go on the restaurant safari next year.