Stratford Food Festival set to be the best yet

The eighth annual Stratford Food Festival, based at Stratford Racecourse this year, will be the biggest and best yet and aims to attract a record 20,000 visitors.


Over 100 exhibitors will showcase a variety of different foods and drinks. As well as a wide variety of exhibitors, visitors can see food and drink demonstrations and workshops, and a few famous faces. With entertainment for the kids, live music and food & drink to tantalize the taste buds, the festival will be an exciting event for everyone.

Tickets are available now and buying early online obtains a discounted rate of £5 as opposed to £6 on the gate. Accompanied children under 16 go free. Special features can also be booked- £3 for the Paul Hollywood demonstration and two Indian cookery workshops from Cardamom Pod and Anita Sharma-James from The Spice Trade which are each £10 to attend. To book tickets visit

Celebrities, Demonstrations and Workshops!

An exciting line-up for this year’s cookery demonstrations currently includes, Sophie Michell as the headline act on Saturday 14th September.


Previous co-presenter on Channel 4′s ‘Cook Yourself Thin’, Sophie will be cooking up some recipes from her new cookbook on healthy eating. Sophie will be representing the charity Sense for the deaf blind.

Sophie Michell said “I am so excited to be appearing at the Stratford Food Festival this year – what a pleasure to be asked along to be one of the two headlining acts, along with Paul Hollywood, at one of the biggest and best regional food festivals in the country ! I’m excited by the opportunity to inspire people with my cooking, to let people know what I’ve been up to and to sample some of the 100+ food and drink exhibitors for myself…yummy. I’m also very much looking forward to raising awareness of the national deaf blind charity, Sense, for whom I’m delighted to be an Ambassador.”

Paul Hollywood is the headline act on Sunday 15th September. Paul Hollywood judge on BBC’s ‘The Great British Bake Off’ and star of his own BBC series on ‘Bread’ will be doing 3 demonstrations and a book signing. Industry professionals will also be attending from the following organisations: The Food Education Trust, Aubrey Allen, Ettington Park, The One Elm and The Encore.


Interactive Workshops will give visitors the opportunity to see first-hand what the food industry professionals do best and learn something new. Join expert chef Anita Sharma-James on a journey of discovery as she guides you through the essential steps to produce a truly tasty and authentic curry from scratch using local produce. Afterwards try a selection of exciting Indian finger/street foods from her new recipe book ‘A Life of Spice’. On a similar theme, Solihull based Indian Cookery company ‘The Cardamom Pod’ will host cookery workshops on the Saturday of the festival. Moushumi Moran says ‘my tutorial classes focus on a particular area of Indian cookery that requires time and attention to achieve perfection’.

Seren Evans-Charrington, founder of Bubbling Stove Historical Recipes and recent guest on four episodes of ITV1′s Sunday Kitchen, will be cooking up some delicious recipes inspired by Shakespeare. On the Saturday Seren will be demonstrating how to make Warden Pie, referred to in Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet, and an Elizabethan Cheesecake.

More Markets and areas for Entertainment

Back by popular demand the talk and taste area will be providing a variety of talks, demonstrations and tasting sessions; including everything from wine tasting to cake decorating. David Jowett will be talking about modern British cheese making, and offering samples of his own cheese, and cheeses from other new and exciting farmhouse and artisan cheese makers. Geoff Bond, Ugg Foods Science Director talks about ‘The Paleo Diet’ and how it positively affects health, aids fat/weight loss and improves all over fitness. The staff from Aubrey Allen, Butchers and Delicatessen, in Leamington will give a butchery demonstration showing some of the techniques they use to prepare the products in store. Roger Protz editor of the Good Beer Guide and Author of ’300 More Beers’ will also be choosing five beers from his book to discuss and taste

Specifically for children Abi from Jambaloo Party will be holding cookery sessions to keep the children amused. Her enthusiastic and passionate approach to getting children cooking makes for great interactive involvement. Half hourly sessions will be being held on both days of the festival.

Live broadcasts will be also feature on air from the Stratford Racecourse as Touch FM host their own Interview Stage. Those involved with the festival will get the chance to have their interview broadcasted on air, including Sophie Michell, Sense for the deaf blind charity, local businesses exhibiting at the Festival…..and many more.

Live bands will be performing throughout both Saturday and Sunday. Exciting performances from Stolen Comfort, The Birmingham Blues Brothers, Alfonzo’s Pancake Breakfast and many more will be providing a lively soundtrack to the food festival.

For further information contact Selwyn at LMMC on 01926 611700 or email 

Sports related Vacancy in Warwickshire by ” Matt Abbot ” from “Last Man Stands Warwickshire” !

Umpires Job Description – Paid position at £17 per game.

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Last Man Stands Warwickshire, the fastest growing amateur cricket league in the world, are recruiting umpires for the 2013 season across a number of areas, most notably Coventry, Solihull and Warwick.

LMS games will take place on regular weeknights from May 2013 until September 2013.

The candidate will be required to arrive at the match venues before the game begins, set up the field of play, ensure they have the match ball, collect match fee’s, umpire and score, ensure the ground is left tidy and upload match statistics within 24 hours of the game.

The ideal candidate must meet the following requirements.

–   A prior knowledge of Last Man Stands cricket and the format/rules of the game.       (Please consult for more information). 

–  Have a passion for cricket, an outgoing personality and a sense of humour.

–   An ability to both umpire and score at the same time (full training will be given).

–  Be punctual and reliable.

–   Be responsible and trustworthy.

–   Have excellent communication skills.

Umpires will be fully trained on the rules, scoring system and online database of Last Man Stands by the League Manager and will receive constant support throughout the season.

To apply, please contact Matt Abbott at with a covering letter. Or for in informal conversation about the role, call 07846 510139.


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Coventry to be a main Hub for a New Form of Cricket !


Last Man Stands is cricket’s equivalent of five-a-side football (although LMS is actually eight-a-side).

It’s a game aimed at those who haven’t played for a while, but are looking to get back into cricket on a casual basis. It’s also open to club cricketers, or complete beginners.

The matches are only two hours long and everything is done at breakneck speed. Innings are limited to 20 overs. Because there are only eight players on each team, it doesn’t really matter how good or bad you or your opposition are as everyone will play a role.

The matches are played on normal cricket pitches with all the usual gear, although players do get to wear brightly-coloured shirts. To speed up proceedings, the fielding side bowls ten overs straight from one end before switching for the final ten.

If you’re really lucky you could even find yourself winning the game single-handedly, as the last man standing (hence the name) bats by themselves when the 7th wicket falls. To truly win in style, sixes off the last ball of an innings count for double.

The format is basic and hugely popular. LMS is an international game, with over 50 000 players worldwide and over 35 leagues in England alone.

Across Warwickshire, Coventry will be the main hub for LMS games in 2013, with games being played at different venues, such as Coventry University’s Westwood Heath and at Copeswood Social Club.

Registration is open for teams this year at

Any team can enter into the World Championships, which will be held in London where teams from all over the world will compete for the £10 000 prize!

Anymore interested or wanting to know more, can email the League Manager, Matt Abbott on, for more information.

Matt Abbott

07846 510139