Welcome

… to the Fairford and Lechlade Food and Drink Festival Website!

 

Come for breakfast, stay for lunch and take something home for supper!

 

Dates for your diaries:

Sunday 11th May 2014 in Fairford Market Place from 10am till 4pm

Sunday 8th June 2014 in Lechlade Market Place from 10am till 4pm

 

We are now nearly fully booked for the 2014 Food & Drink Festivals – only a couple of stalls left. Download a booking form from the “Book Your Stall” tab above.

For any other information, please email admin@flbc.org.uk.

 

 

WONDERFUL COMMUNITY EVENTS AT THE FAIRFORD & LECHADE FOOD & DRINK FESTIVALS 2013

Click on “Gallery” at the top of the page to see the photos taken on the day!

Thanks to:

All our sponsors (click “Sponsors” to see who they are)
All our stall holders (click “Stall Holders” to see who they are)
Rev Brian Atkinson (Fairford)
Rev Andrew Cinnamond (Lechlade)
Andrew Pywell (Chair of FLBC) for welcoming everyone to the event
Fairford Festival Queen, Princess, Ladies-in-Waiting, Flower Girls and Page Boy for opening the event
Remedy with Henry Bateman for the musical entertainment
Clare Pywell for organising the Tomato Trail
Strong men helpers: Steve Boulton, Graham Fry, Richard Martin, Richard Waite and family, Bob Warren and friend, Barry Wicks, Adrian Young
George Ellis for the tables and chairs loan
Food & Drink Committee: Andy Briggs, Phil Copleston, Lizzie Fey, Jan North, Trish Poole, Andrew Pywell, Clare Pywell and Bob Warren

There is bound to be someone who has been missed off the list. This is not intentional and many apologies if you have been overlooked.

Testimonials following the Fairford Food & Drink Festival 2013:

Jacqui’s Homemade Sweets:
“I think you organise a really nice food festival.”

7a Coffee Shop:
“I really like the event taking place in the heart of Fairford. There was a lovely atmosphere and the Market Place is a very pretty, very Cotswold setting.”

Cerney Cheese:
“Customers are very keen and eager to spend.”

Liquorice Heaven:
“Good friendly atmosphere and was impressed with the way that the organisers went round each and every stall asking how we got on.
Am looking forward to coming back to you.”

The M’Hencha Company:
“Lovely location and lovely new customers. Thanks to the WI for keeping me warm with tea.”

Fairford Country Markets:
“We had a good day.”

Compass Brewery Ltd:
“Easy to unload and park. Please pencil us in for Fairford and Lechlade next year.”

My Secret Kitchen:
“The event had a good vibe and good selection of produce. Something for everyone.”

Wild Berries:
“As usual, the Festival was enjoyable.”

Dolcetti Italian Ice Cream:
“Brilliant location alongside some fab stalls. I particularly liked the organisation and the relaxed way that the Business Club members offered to assist with the set-up of our stall and their friendly and helpful nature throughout the day. A real credit to Fairford and local business.”

Bow-in-the-Cloud Vineyard:
“A very successful day and cannot think of any suggestions for improvements!”

  

 

FAIRFORD & LECHLADE FOOD & DRINK FESTIVALS 2012

ANOTHER TASTY EVENT IN FAIRFORD AND LECHLADE
Organised by the Fairford & Lechlade Business Club

The Lechlade Food & Drink Festival was a resounding success and enjoyed by hundreds of people – locals, visitors and celebrities!! See report below and look at the Gallery to see photos of the event.

The Fairford Food & Drink Festival took place over the Jubilee weekend. See report below and look at the Gallery to see photos of the event.

Fairford & Lechlade Food & Drink Festival 2012

The forecast was heavy rain all day, so we were lucky! Heavy rain at the start and the finish with drizzle in between and the odd dry spell and a couple of sunny moments. However, the wet did not dampen spirits and the people of Fairford and further afield came out in their hundreds to sample the delicacies and treats on offer at the 30+ stalls in Fairford Market Place.

It was possible to stay all day and have a bacon buttie for breakfast from The Plough; a steak sarnie from Love My Cow for lunch and an Indian chicken korma from Curry King for dinner. For dessert, there was a choice of a chocolate brownie from 7a Coffee Shop; a home-made cake from Fairford Country Markets or a honey-soaked Greek baklava from Kamila. There was no shortage of beverages either with a cup of tea or glass of Pimms from Fairford & Lechlade Business Club’s stall; real ale or cider from Halfpenny Brewery; English wine from Bow-in-the-Cloud or an organic fruit liqueur from Gibson’s Organic Liqueurs.

The Deli in Fairford provided a stage for show off the cookery demonstrations, which attracted adults and children in equal measure. The children in particular loved helping with the cooking and loved to taste as well!

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Also on stage between the cookery demonstrations was Jackie Cribley who is a local lass with a belting voice. She sang out and kept the public entertained and happy despite the gloomy weather.

jackie

 One ray of sunshine for the Food & Drink Festival was a performance by the Isis Sisters. This exotic group of belly dancers in their glamourous costumes enthralled everyone who watched – not just the men!

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At the end of the day, the Business Club announced the winner of the Best Dressed Jubilee Window competition. Andrew Pywell, Chair of the Business Club, said it was a very close thing, but the winner was Enntwine. The winners received a bottle of wine.

Lechlade Food & Drink Festival 2012

The start of the Festival was graced by the Vicar of Lechlade, the Rev Andrew Cinnamond, who led the Church Choir in a celebratory hymn for the Festival and then blessed the event. This was followed by new Club Chairman, Andrew Pywell, officially declaring the 3rd Lechlade Food & Drink Festival open.

 

One of the aims of the Fairford & Lechlade Food & Drink Festivals is to encourage more visitors to the two Market Towns and, with the sun shining all day, hundreds of people descended on Lechlade Market Place to enjoy the variety of food and drink on offer. A large group of visiting Japanese tourists sampled the Cotswold wares whilst snapping away with their cameras to capture the quintessentially English scene. A number of American back-packers walking the length of the River Thames from London to its source stopped off for a much needed breakfast and thought that the Festival was “awesome” and then lingered as long as possible before resuming the final part of their epic journey.

A wonderful atmosphere was created by the happy, foot-tapping music, supplied throughout the day by the Ripples team, and which prompted many of the visitors to the Market Place to start dancing and singing along.

It was a pity that the promised Chelmsford Morris Dancers could not attend due to the fact that the camp site where they had planned to stay was waterlogged and, therefore, they had to sadly abandon their weekend break in the Cotswolds. The Gifford’s Circus Fairground Organ developed a gremlin in the works and was not able to attend either. But super model, Kate Moss, made an impromptu visit to the Food & Drink Festival with daughter Lila Grace and three friends. She tasted many of the goods on offer and made quite a few purchases before hurriedly escaping the many paparazzi, who were following her every move.

Many stall holders were thrilled to have completely sold out of all their goodies before the end of the Festival and praised the “lovely customers in Lechlade”. Richard Truscott from Lechlade Garden Centre, the Food & Drink’s main sponsor, provided leek and potato soup, hot beef stew and scones for the price of a voluntary donation to the Bristol charity Above & Beyond.  At the end of the day, all the soup and stew had gone and Richard had raised more than £200 for the charity, which provides funds for Bristol’s nine central hospitals.

The Business Club had a stall this year selling tea and biscuits but, as the weather improved and got warmer, Trish Poole and Madeleine Tierney made an executive decision to diversify and go into business selling Pimms and strawberries as well. This proved a great success and helped to cover the costs of the event. The Club also held a raffle with prizes donated by Lechlade Garden Centre and The Trout Inn, Lechlade. Kevin North won the basket of fruit donated by The Trout and Tracy Hoefnagels won the basket of goodies supplied by Lechlade Garden Centre.

If you are interested in booking your own stall, please download a Booking Form here.
If you are interested in holding an in-house event, please download a Booking Form – In-House Event.
Or contact us via email at admin@flbc.org.uk.

Good news!
Fairford & Lechlade Food & Drink Festivals have been commended in the Action for Market Towns Awards in the Business & Economy Category for the high quality of their Food & Drink Festival project. The Festivals will be used as an example of best practice for other Market Towns to follow.

What People Say…

“It was very well organised. Cerney Cheese did well despite the weather. Lovely people. Loved the belly dancers and whole atmosphere. Definitely put me down for next year.”
Janet Angus, Cerney Cheese
 
“As usual the weather didn’t help, but it was lovely to see so many people. I had a very good day’s trading to the point that I actually sold out of some lines – always a good sign. I had lovely stall holders beside me, both of whom I have met at different festivals.”
Sarah Jennings, Wildberries
 
“It was a great event. Will be there next year.”
Alan Watkins, Halfpenny Brewery
 
“We had 50 litres of beef stew and gave away every last drop! And we raised over £200 for Above & Beyond charity.”
Richard Truscott, Lechlade Garden Centre – Main Sponsor
 
“This was our first time and we will definitely be back next year. Kate Moss bought some of our popcorn!”
Lorna White, The Popcorn Piggy
 
“It was even better than last year – if that is possible! We sold out of nearly everything.”
Donald Cartwright, Colley’s Lechlade
 
“I had a chat with the stallholders and they were very pleased. Well done.”
Des Coates, Oliver Coates Associates
 
“There was a really good turn out at Lechlade and I am looking forward to Fairford.”
Nanette Chaplais, Maison Chaplais
 
“Fantastic day. We made £351 for MacMillan Cancer. Thank you Fairford & Lechlade Business Club.”
Philippa Hunter, MacMillan Cancer
 
“Really good atmosphere; everyone enjoying themselves. Brilliant!”
Jan North, Jamie at Home
  
“A show like this gives great hope for the future. I brought my new infusion range and was close to selling out of them all and managed to sell out of the smoked rapeseed oil. A great show and look forward to doing it again next year.”
Charlie Beldam of Cotswold Gold