I am pretty sure you have all heard of this festival - 'Shrewbury Food Festival'. It sure has over the years made a name for itself and rightly so. It deserves the rave reviews it has required. It really does.
Now, I won't lie - Our attendance at this festival was all very last minute so we couldn't experience everything that this festival had to offer. A bit gutting really but totally our fault. With this in mind we are super excited to get planning our experience next year.
We went along to the Saturday afternoon. From the second we pulled up to park the atmosphere around Shrewsbury was just grand. My daughter kept exclaiming "Mommy. I am so excited!" Got a festival baby on our hands it would appear. There's a lot of parking in and around Shrewsbury so no issue there. I mention this as many of you ask often about parking and access. We wandered on up to the festival field, trying as best we could to contain our kids excitement. We were failing as they could hear the live music and just wanted to get their 'floss' on. The live music was something else!
As soon as we entered the event every angle offered something for us to look at. Be it large iron animals or be it FOOD obviously - food. My goodness there was food everywhere. The smells were insane. I'd started to dribble before I even spied a burger. The smells in and around this place were incredible. So good infact, you're just permanently hungry as you wander about. Good though as you can just keep eating and trying new things. Perhaps not so good for your waist line but hey, make it your cheat day. :-)
All of my children were given a bright orange wrist band. I popped my name and number upon their bands. A lovely member of the team (a volunteer I must add) made them aware of all the members of staff walking around in orange Tshirts. She told them they were there to help and if they found themselves lost or in danger they were to go up to these people, explain their situation and make them aware of their wrist bands. I was super impressed with this. It made me feel so reassured. Bringing kids along to the festival was a bit of a scary thought before hand. I was worried about them not being able to be free as Daddy and I would constantly be telling them to not move, hold hands etc but this simple safety band really put our minds at ease. So simple yet so effective. We felt like the kids had a little more freedom with these on meaning they could really let loose and get their festival vibe on.
Our time at the festival was much shorter than we would have liked. Unfortunately, my work commitments just didn't allow me any more time. We did however manage to cram a fair bit in to our few hours there together.
We spent most of our time in the children's quarter and listening to the cracking live music. To be honest, all that mattered to my husband and I was that the kids were having an ace time. Which they were. They loved it. We really do have an outdoors, festival loving bunch on our hands.
The children's quarter offered A lot for kids to do. The 'Little `explorers' tent totally stole my children's hearts. It was filled to the brim with really interactive fun and educational toys. We had to peel our children out of this tent. It had their focus straight away. Every child in that tent was super busy and engaged. Plus, they were offering all the children drinks free of charge. With the heat, this was a life saver. I loved the fact that no matter where you were within this festival you could hear the live music playing in the background. You constantly felt like you were in the thick of it, not missing out on anything.
Every tent you went to had very enthusiastic and friendly staff busily working away within them. You were never short of someone to find advice or direction from. Plus, they had a baby changing tent. Winner!
We would have loved to have stayed at this festival for far, far longer. Time just did not allow but from what we experienced, I would highly recommend it to families with a passion for food, outdoors and music. My advice would be yes, it is a food festival with loads to try but pack a small picnic too just so you can really spend the day there and camp down. Try the foods it has to offer, join the queues, get stuck in and embrace the festival vibe. Go for the music alone if your'e a music lover. The bands were incredible. At one point pretty much every one was up dancing. It was great to see.
Mini - Mooses thoughts on 'Shrewsbury Food Festival' :-
"I really like the feel of a festival. I like that I am outside and able to listen to music all day. This festival was great as it had pigs there. I love pigs and my sister loves Peppa Pig. I loved the inflatable assault course most of all. It was green. I love green. We had a really good day!"
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