What’s on the menu at the Rugby Food & Drink Festival

The festival runs from September 25 to 28
The festival runs from September 25 to 28

A delicious mix of appetising ingredients including a Farmers Market, a two day food fayre, cooking demonstrations, a real ale trail, Kid’s Kitchen, special food events and children’s entertainment comes to Rugby next week.

The Food & Drink Festival runs from Thursday September 25 to Sunday September 28. Up first on the menu is the Farmers Market on Thursday September 25 in Market Place. It’s a chance to meet the farmers, brewers, growers and bakers who will be serving up a colourful, rich, aromatic and 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 on Friday 26 and Saturday 27 in the grounds of St Andrew’s Church promises mouth-watering flavours – all freshly cooked and ready to eat. On the menu will be wood fired pizza, paella, barbecue baby back ribs, buttermilk fried chicken, artisan hot dogs, organic crepes, Caribbean treats, a hog roast, vegan and gluten free foods and much more.

A ‘pop-up’ demonstration kitchen runs alongside the food fayre on both days, showcasing a variety of lively, informative and colourful demonstrations. Mushroom toasties, artisan bread, salmon and broccoli quiche, pork filet, chocolate muffins, drop pancakes, savoury tartlets and fried dumplings are just a few of the tasty treats that will be on offer along with some great tips.

On Saturday 27 your little chefs are invited to join ‘Alison’s Oven’ in the Kid’s Kitchen in St Andrew’s Church. A chance to make and mix, work up their thirst on the juice bike, decorate a cupcake, listen to some food stories or have their face painted with food and fruity designs. They will also need to keep their eyes out for our food magician and crazy chef on stilts.

Stop by the ‘Food and Drink Question Time’ and settle yourself into a church pew on Saturday 27 for some informal talks, demonstrations and tastings. Learn about coffee, real ales, soup-making, cooking the perfect steak and more.

The Rugby Real Ale Trail runs throughout the festival, offering a superb selection of beers and ciders along with some fantastic hospitality, music and food.

Rugby First managing director Aftab Gaffar said: “We have had huge interest in the festival and both Farmers Market and food fayres are sold out. To make sure you don’t miss out on everything that is happening over the four days, including the fringe events, pick up a copy of the festival programme from Rugby Visitor Centre or download it from the festival website at www.rugbyfoodanddrinkfestival.co.uk – we look forward to welcoming you on behalf of Rugby First and Rugby Borough Council.”