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Blog: The Ginger and Spice Festival - 26-29 September 2018

Blog: The Ginger and Spice Festival - 26-29 September 2018

The Ginger and Spice Festival – 26th to 29th September 2018

The award winning Ginger and Spice Festival is making a welcome return this September for a four day celebration of all things ginger & spice related during British Food Fortnight. Set in and around the centre of the medieval Shropshire town, Market Drayton, the festival celebrates the town’s culinary heritage with links to the ancient spice routes and what is thought to be the oldest gingerbread in the country!

The fun packed, four day festival, includes over 20 festival fringe events plus an abundance of speciality food and drink with plenty of produce featuring a ginger twist! Saturday 29th September features the Spice Exchange Street Market where visitors can journey into an exotic and fascinating world of spices, secret recipes, ancient gingerbread guilds and delicious hot & spicy street food at Clive’s Street Food Court. It also happens to be the anniversary of the birthday of Clive of India, the town’s most famous son!

In collaboration with local chefs, local meat suppliers, school catering specialists ‘Alliance in Partnership’, & Love British Food, a series of cookery demos and interactive workshops inspired by Henri Le Worm - created by Love British Food Ambassador, Olivier Blanc - will take place throughout Friday 28th September at Longlands Primary School, and the ‘Zone Centre’, in Fairfields, Market Drayton. This will be followed by a community meal.

Over the four day festival there will be the Leek United Heritage Spice Trail and competition dedicated to exploring the town’s culinary history, including tastings in shops, cafes, the brewery, Church, Museum, Festival Drayton, Covered market and more.This is free and there will be prizes for lucky winners of a box of Joule’s Ale and a hamper of spicy goodies worth over £350!

Visitors can also enjoy many other festival fringe events such as a Gin and Jazz Evening exploring Gin and Spice; a live music concert with Deacon’sBlue’s lead singer, Ricky Ross; pop-up restaurants; foraging walks; live entertainment; ginger inspired competitions; debates; heritage talks and more.

For all festival fringe events, please visit the What’s On section of the website: