By Connie Osborne Thursday 03 October 2013 Updated: 04/10 07:29
CHRISTMAS will come early at Alcester's first autumn food festival.
More than 80 stalls will be open from 9am to 5pm on Saturday, October 19, on the High Street, Church Street and Henley Street for the Alcester and Forest of Arden Food Festival.
On offer will be a variety of cheeses, pies, breads, cakes, meats, fruit and vegetables, a pig roast and ox roast as well as handmade chocolates, local beers and wines.
The town's shops, pubs, cafés and restaurants will also be joining in with the fun, offering a selection of hot and cold drinks and food throughout the day while a range of Christmas market foods and gifts, including winter chutneys and spices, will also be on offer.
All the produce will be locally sourced and proceeds from the day will go towards the War Memorial Town Hall.
Live geese and turkeys will be part of the event thanks to Heart of England Farms who hope to show young visitors where the meat on their plates originates from.
The popular free park and ride service will also be running from the Moat House Inn on the Birmingham Road in Coughton. Two coaches will operate in a circular route to avoid queues in the colder weather.
Parking will be free in nearby car parks for the day and there will be a special central information stand on the High Street to give help and advice, deal with problems and reunite separated families.
The food tasting competition will not be at the event due to the colder weather.
A spokesman for the festival said: "So for a perfect foodie day out, forage through the food festival stalls, plan meals at local pubs, cafés and restaurants and just have a good time. Even do your weekly shopping."
Visit www.alcesterfoodfestival.org.uk for more information.
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