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Much Wenlock Roots, Fruits & Shoots Festival (13th September 2011)

The town of Much Wenlock will be holding its first Food Festival in over twenty five years on the Holy Trinity Church Green on Saturday the 24th of September in order to celebrate local food

The Festival will hold a Farmers’ Market, craft fair, amateur growing competition, beer festival and “green” Market offering advice on sustainability, gardening, apple pressing, bee keeping, allotments, the tree forum and much more.

We will have a selection of Farmers' Market stalls- most of which usually trade in our own Farmers' Market (the 1st, 3rd & 5th Friday of each month- 9am till 1pm underneath the Guildhall). Stalls include eggs, honey, Wenlock edge meats, scotch eggs, chocolate, cakes, vegetables, plants, jams, pickles, butter, biscuits, pies, cheese, flowers, curry to get you started. They will be offering free tasters, advice on producing your own food/drink and great bargains to take home.

The amateur growing competition will be housed in the Priory Hall and we urge locals of all ages to enter (please see Sustainable Wenlock webpage for details). Our beer tent will offer a collection of local beers and ciders which the public can enjoy in our undercover picnic area. As well as a range of stalls from our own High street there will be a tepee selling recycled gifts for the home.

There will be live music exhibiting local talent, face painting, young cycle training (if you mention this can you urge youngsters to bring their own bikes please!) a pets corner, hair braiding and tattoos. 

This Festival wants to show locals and visitors what Much Wenlock has to offer and to encourage people to grow and make their own food and drink where they can.

Lucy Cooke, the Festival Organiser, urges people to come and visit- “We are all suffering at the moment in this over-discussed financial climate and everyone can see that it is really hitting the price of food. I would like to suggest to locals that they can no longer buy every single item they need from one shop- it is not cost/quality effective. They need to shop around- and grow themselves where they can. They also need to invest in their own local economy and traders. It is the only way we can thrive in this difficult economic situation we are in. So please come and enjoy some local food!”

As we are all volunteers it is a slow process and we don't have much money. Which is why we are imploring locals, businesses, and organisations to help where they can!