Free family fun at Rugby’s first food and drink festival

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A packed menu to suit all tastes will be served at Rugby’s first Food and Drink Festival.

The free family event runs from September 26-29 in High Street and St Andrew’s Church.

Attractions include face painting, bouncy castle, tenpin bowling, giant games, magic shows, tea cup rides and candy floss.

Aftab Gaffar, Rugby First managing director and one of the organisers, said: “There has been huge interest in the festival.

“We have a great line up of demonstrations for the pop-up kitchen, planned for Thursday September 26, Friday 27 and Saturday 28.

“It includes Sian Porter, who is a dietician, broadcaster, journalist and mother of three. She will be giving visitors tips on how to feed a family with nutritious good food on a budget.”

Children will also be able to try their hand at dough tossing with Pizza Express, cupcake decorating with the Hub Café and pizza making with Wild & Free and Pizza Express.

Organisers say one attraction not to be missed is the snail racing in the form of the as the American ‘NASCARGOT’ Championships, taking place being at Café Vin Cinq. Reuben Barricello, Giancarlo Fisishella, Shellson Piquet, Nigel Manshell, Michael Shellmacher and Fernando Alonslow will compete in the race.

If music be your food of love, see the Karls Bavarian Brass recreate the atmosphere of the Oktoberfest at its best.

They will deliver lots of thigh-slapping magic and energy of the Hoffbraunhaus.

Alternatively enjoy the upbeat feel good entertainment provided by The Little Big Band at Summersaults ,which will be performed outdoors (weather permitting).

The festival will also be supporting the Rugby Foodbank by asking people to give generously to help create a food mountain in St Andrew’s Church as well as raise awarenes.

The festival is funded through Warwickshire County Council’s Operation Footfall Campaign and supported by Rugby First, Rugby Borough Council, local businesses and Rugby CAMRA.

For more information on the festival and the Rugby Real Ale trail (including downloadable guide) visit www.rugbyfoodanddrinkfestival.co.uk, call Rugby Visitor Centre on (01788) 533217, email visitor.centre@rugby.gov.uk or find it on Facebook or Twitter.