ANYONE who fancies a completely animal-free bite to eat at this year’s Leamington Food Festival will be in luck.
Among the businesses setting up stall at the Pump Rooms will be plant-based delicatessen Fred & Virginia which recently opened on Regent Street.
It will be giving visitors the chance to experience the Fred & Virginia ethos and taste a selection of signature products, as well as offering advice on vegan and ‘free-from’ food.
Mother and daughter, Jacquie Monteith and Lauren Castle, who run Fred & Virginia, are looking forward to being part of the festival taking place on Saturday and Sunday (September 8 and 9).
Jacquie said: “It’s such a massive opportunity for us. Being there to support the town, forge new partnerships with other retailers and help put Leamington even more on the map are all things that are really important to us.
“From a vegan perspective, I do believe there are not that many offerings so us bringing that to Leamington gives the town more of a holistic presence.”
BBC Apprentice winner Alana Spencer will be a famous face among this year’s 130 exhibitors with her Ridiculously Rich luxury tray bakes.
Regular attractions will include demonstrations and Aubrey Allen’s ‘Home Cook of the Year’ competition in the Live Cookery Theatre, and the Kids Cookery School plus live music.
And for the first time, festival-goers arriving by train will also be offered a free drink by organisers.
Alison Shaw, BID Leamington project manager, said: “The festival is now in its 11th year and each time we look to attract new faces to the line-up so there is always something different to experience.
The festival runs from 10am to 6pm on both days.
Visit www.leamingtonfoodfestival.co.uk for full details of the BID Leamington organised festival.