A treat for the palate as Rugby Food and Drink Festival gets underway

There's plenty of tasty treats on offer
There's plenty of tasty treats on offer

Four days of heaven for foodies start in Rugby today (Thursday).

First on the menu of Rugby Food and Drink Festival is the Farmers Market, which is open today in Market Place. It’s a chance to meet the farmers, brewers, growers and bakers who will be serving up a delicious array of fresh, locally produced, sourced and reared food and drink. Music will be provided by Duke O’Layley and Dave Broadfield.

A two-day food fayre tomorrow and Saturday in the grounds of St Andrew’s church promises mouth-watering flavours – all freshly cooked and ready to eat. A ‘pop-up’ demonstration kitchen runs alongside the food fayre on both days, showcasing a variety of lively demonstrations.

Youngsters are invited to join ‘Alison’s Oven’ in the Kid’s Kitchen in St Andrew’s Church on Saturday, and grown-ups can stop by a ‘Food and Drink Question Time’ and settle yourself into a church pew for some informal talks, demonstrations and tastings. Learn about coffee, real ales, soup-making, cooking the perfect steak and more.

Programmes are available from www.rugbyfoodanddrinkfestival.co.uk or Rugby Visitor Centre. The event is organised by Rugby First and the borough council.

The Rugby branch of CAMRA is supporting the festival, which includes a Real Ale Trail.

There will also be a CAMRA pub crawl which will take in five of Rugby’s best pubs, guided by Steve Heighton. He said: “This illustrates why it is the best real ale town in at least the Midlands if not further.”

The pub crawl, on Saturday, starts at the Merchants at 1pm before going to then to the Squirrel for 1.30pm, the Rupert Brooke at 2pm, the Seven Stars at 2.30pm and then to the Victoria Inn for 3pm.