Local food and drink focus at Newport Show

One of Shropshire’s leading one-day shows will shine the spotlight on regional food and drink as part of its new food focus in July.

Newport Show’s Festival of Food will include demonstrations from local and celebrity chefs, producers and wine experts along with hands on workshops for children and adults at the event on July 9.

Food producers will be showcasing some of the best tasty treats from Shropshire and surrounding counties while a pop up street food area will offer a taste of dishes from around the world.

The newly expanded Festival of Food will have its own dedicated zone on the showground at Chetwynd Deer Park for visitors to explore.

Great British Bake Off champion Nadiya Hussain will give two demonstrations in the food theatre with former Le Manoir Aux Quats Saisons chef Steve Lyons from All About the Food cooking up some tasty seasonal treats. Experts from Shropshire’s Tanners Wines and the Salopian Gin Company will also give presentations.

There will be three different sessions in the Little Foodies marquee for children aged five to 11 to make breakfast bars, pizza and blueberry muffins. Registration is required on the day for individual sessions and each child will receive a goodie bag from The Cook Shop in Newport.

Telford curry expert Lajina from Masala Magic will lead the adult masterclass in Indian cooking. The street food market will include Market Drayton’s Park Hill Farm beef and world cuisine from members of the famed Digbeth Dining Club.

The Festival of Food will also feature a range of stalls including some of area’s top food producers including Apley Farm Shop from Norton, near Shifnal, Stafford’s Old Hall Confectionery, Coopers Gourmet Sausage Rolls from Poynton near Shrewsbury, the Gourmet Game Centre from Stafford and Moydens Hand Made Cheese from Market Drayton.

On the drink side, Gwatkin Cider from Herefordshire, Halfpenny Green Vineyards from Bobbington, Shawbury Vintners and the Tilley Green Coffee Company from Higher Heath will be among the traders on hand to quench showgoers’ thirsts.

Last year’s Newport Show saw a record breaking 13,000 visitors and organisers believe the expanded Festival of Food will complement the show’s other activities including equine, livestock and horticulture competitions, craft fair, dog show and family entertainment.

The show’s Festival of Food Chairman Tony Asson, said: “Shropshire and the surrounding counties have a proud tradition of producing some of the country’s finest food and we will be celebrating that heritage throughout the Festival of Food.

As a show that is firmly rooted in the agricultural sector with strong links to the local community, we are very pleased to be able to showcase some of the best food and drink from our region.

The Festival will be a great celebration of all that is good about local food,” he added.

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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