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Ginger and Spice Festival, Market Drayton, Shropshire

Ginger & Spice

The annual festival celebrates the culinary heritage and history of Market Drayton – famous for a revered local gingerbread. The festival is dedicated to all things ginger & spice, and will take place for the 6th year this September.

WHAT’s on

Visitors can enjoy a vibrant spicy street market including everything from hand iced gingerbread, boozy ginger cakes, chai fudge and cinnamon ice-cream to ginger ales, aromatic gins and hot spicy street food. There will be the James Du Pavey Food Theatre located under the historic stone portico Buttercross with national, regional and top local chefs. Other events include a floating market on the nearby tow path of the Shropshire Union Canal, a Fodder and Tipple trail with tasty stop offs including beer sampling, street entertainers, the Palethorpes Children’s Cookery Theatre, live comedy with Anuvab Pal, and a grand finale jazz concert in the historic St Mary’s Church in the centre of the town.

There will be a children’s town trail contest and other competitions including gingerbread decorating and new for 2022 – a gingerbread biscuit eating contest!

The festival is also committed to exploring the town’s historic cross-cultural connections through collaborative events and activities both in person and online.

The multi award-winning festival takes place during, British Food Fortnight, a national celebration of all that is local and seasonal during the traditional harvest time.

Most events are free of charge, but some fringe events are ticketed – see the website & go to the What’s On section for further information.

Instagram: @gingerandspicefest

Date: Main date is Saturday 24th September 2022. However, there are fringe events taking place at town venues from Thursday 22nd September 2022.

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