Big Feastival tickets served up at foodie weekend
By David Wood
Stroud Valleys Project (SVP) is serving up three helpings of goodness to celebrate Stroud Festival of Food and Drink - including prize tickets worth £185.
The three-day Stroud Festival of Food and Drink, run by the organisers of Chalfest, sees a cornucopia of culinary experts visit the town from Friday 20 to Sunday 22 May, with A-list chefs and foodies such as Jay Rayner, Loyd Grossman, Oz Clarke and Ken Hom joining the line-up.
There are workshops, food stalls, and activities galore - and Stroud Valleys Project have a three-course offering to tickle the palates of visitors of all ages.
For starters, the conservation and community charity is hosting a Seedling Swap at their shop from 10am until 12.30pm on Saturday, where people can exchange seedlings and meet other gardeners; fruit, vegetable and flower varieties are all welcome.
For the main course, the SVP team are reviving their hugely popular Food Passport event for children at Stroud Farmers' Market on both Saturday and Sunday mornings. Young culinary explorers collect their passports from the SVP stall then go to participating stalls to sample exciting new foods and collect a stamp to prove their tasting credentials.
Organiser Tamsin Bent, who co-ordinates the charity's youth work, said: "Our tasting exploration is a lot of fun, with young people getting the chance to try something new while finding out more about where their food comes from."
Children can take part on both Saturday and Sunday from 9.30am until 12.30pm - just turn up at the SVP stall on the day.
And an extra tempting treat to finish off the weekend, the charity is offering everyone who signs up as a Friend of SVP between Monday 16 and Sunday 22 May the chance to win an amazing prize - two Friday tickets worth £185 for Blur bassist-turned-cheesemaker Alex James's Big Feastival.
Friday's music headliners are the Human League and the Sugababes, with veg enthusiast Kathy Slack and Punjabi/Bengali chef Romy Gill on the menu for foodies. The Big Feastival, which runs from Friday 26 until Sunday 28 August near Chipping Norton, is FREE for children under 12, and kids' entertainment includes CBeebies' Andy Day and his band the Odd Socks, the Jitterbug Circus, and Julia Donaldson's creation Zog.
To be in the running to win the pair of tickets, all you need to do is sign up as a Friend of Stroud Valleys Project on the charity's website between Monday 16 and Sunday 22 May - costs range from £3 to £10 a month; if you prefer to pay annually, prices start from £15 a year.
The winner will be picked from a hat and will receive a voucher for two one-day tickets for Friday 26 August; children go free but tickets must be booked.
Visit stroudvalleysproject.org to find out more.
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