Tasty treats on offer at Rugby Food and Drink Festival

The event features live cooking shows
The event features live cooking shows

The annual Rugby Food and Drink Festival is set to start at the end of this month with a host of culinary treats on offer.

The festival will start with the Farmers Market in Market Place on Thursday, September 24 from 10am to 4pm, with all sorts of fresh local produce being sold and live music to keep crowds entertained.

Aftab Gaffar, managing director of Rugby First which is organising the event, said: “This year the event coincides with the town’s Rugby World Cup celebrations which makes it all the more exciting.”

On the Friday , the Rugby Village in Old Market Place will host the first ever Rugby Drinks Festival.

Breweries will be selling local drinks alongside special, commemorative brews.

The two sessions, 12 to 4:30pm and 7 to 11pm, are free to attend but must be pre-booked online at enjoyrugby.co.uk.

High-quality food and drink will be sold at two food fayres in the gardens of St Andrew’s Church on the Saturday and Sunday of the festival, with local businesses, farmers and producers all contributing to the food on offer.

A pop-up kitchen showcasing lively and informative cookery demonstrations and a kid’s kitchen with activities including cupcake decorating, breadmaking and face painting will take place alongside the fayres.

The Rugby Real Ale Trail will take place throughout the festival, and will take in 11 pubs which all serve local ales and ciders.

A map with the locations of all the pubs on the trail along with a real ale ‘passport’ can be downloaded at rugbyfoodanddrinkfestival.co.uk/real-ale-trail
Each pub will stamp the passport and drinkers can earn a festival pint glass once they have six stamps.