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Ginger & Spice Festival 2021 – Spicy Street Market, Applications Now Open

Ginger & Spice Festival traders application now open

Ginger & Spice Festival, Spicy Street Market traders application now open.

Wonderful traders of #MarketDrayton, do you sell food or drink and would like a pitch at the market on Sat 25th September? Please send us an email via as we are about to send out our street traders form!

The Festival is an annual celebration which takes place in and around Market Drayton during British Food Fortnight.  The festival explores the town’s culinary heritage & social history via an eclectic mix of fringe events, during the festival, there will be a Spicy Street Market

What is the Ginger & Spice Festival

But we’re not just a festival, We also have an online store. The Spice Larder, featuring spice based food, drinks, goods and gifts made by British artisan producers. We also have a Podcast broadcasting chefs, producers & spice experts.

Festival Homepage – Ginger and Spice Festival

The Ginger and Spice Festival is a great opportunity for bringing the local community of Market Drayton together to celebrate different local food & drinks producers of North Shropshire and beyond.

Sarah Hopcroft , Original Biscuit Bakers

I loved the way the Ginger & Spice Festival celebrated their culinary history – this is often lost and it’s important we retain these taste links to the past.”

Cathy Higgs, Co-Op

It is believed gingerbread has been baked and enjoyed for over 200 hundred years in Market Drayton.  The first recorded mention is Roland Lateward, maltster, who built a bakery at the back of his cottage in Shropshire Street & who was baking gingerbread in 1793. Meg Pybus, Food Historian, noted that gingerbread was probably made earlier. This was because there were already large stocks of ginger in High Street businesses in the 1640’s and 1680’s. Gingerbrede, the oldest cake bread in the world, arrived in this country with the Crusades. The earliest recipe dates from 1390.



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