Every September, Broadway’s village green comes alive with the sounds and smells of stir-frying and grilling, as the Broadway Food Festival sizzles into life.
The one-day festival celebrates our wonderful local food, with delicious contributions from the Cotswolds’ finest bakers, brewers and even bee-keepers. It’s one of our favourite days of the year.
About the Broadway Food Festival
Broadway Food Festival is a genuinely local event. Stallholders have to satisfy three important criteria to ensure that the food is from Worcestershire, Gloucestershire and the Cotswolds: the local businesses have to be based 30 miles or less from Broadway, the food has to be produced 30 miles or less from Broadway, and the produce must be available to buy locally (in shops and eateries) all year round. This ensures that local chefs and producers are supported as well as celebrated.
Like many events, Broadway Food Festival 2020 has been postponed until next year due to Covid-19. However, foodies needn’t despair: you can still get hold of most of our local food online, and it gives you plenty of time to book your Broadway accommodation for 2021!
What to Expect at the Broadway Food Festival
Last year’s festival won the Cotswold Life Food & Drink awards for the “Best Local Food & Drink Initiative in the Cotswolds” – and that should give you a pretty good idea of the high standards. If you enjoy eating and love quality food (that’s us), this really is a great day out. What is there to see, smell and taste at a typical Broadway food festival day?
Over 30 local artisan producers set up their stalls inside the marquee, while outside on the Green, the food-to-go teams get frying, grilling and serving. Honestly, you have to smell it to believe it. And even better – it’s free admission to the Broadway Food & Drink Festival.
Delicious Food to Take Home
Food shopping has never been so enjoyable. Browse the stalls, letting the delicious aromas waft over you as you choose your picnic lunch or holiday cottage evening meal.
Last year’s stallholders included confectioners, oil producers and even distillers. As you’d expect from a region that brings you cheese rolling (Google it), the cheesemakers are always out in force, and there’s plenty of appetising chutneys and tipples to accompany it.
There’s also top-quality local meat, fruit and veg. If you’re self-catering in Broadway, you can easily stock up for your whole week from the local produce on offer.
Street Food on The Village Green
Give in to those delectable smells, and head out of the marquee towards the food-to-go stalls. Again, the suppliers use local ingredients, but the catering on offer ranges from Thai-influenced dishes to Dutch pancakes.
The local meat is hard to resist – go for a Longhorn burger or a classic hog roast. Vegetarian? Try an Indian curry or Asian veggie stir fry: Broadway Food Festival 2019 had some incredible recipes from all around the world. At the very least, stop for ice cream, a pint of real ale or a Cotswold-inspired cocktail.
Cooking Demos from Local Chefs
It’s not just about buying food at the Broadway Food Festival – it’s about learning what to do with it. Local chefs give cookery demos on the Village Green, and there are also tasting sessions that talk about pairing food and drink.
Imagine relaxing on the green in the September sun, sipping a local beer or cider as the Cotswolds’ finest chefs take you through creating a delicious dish: much more fun than a television cookery show.
Keep Up to Date With The Broadway Food Festival
Find out about the next Broadway Food Festival on Broadway’s information website, or follow the festival on Facebook.
Broadway gets busy during the festival, so make sure you have your accommodation arranged as soon as the next dates are announced. Talk to us at The Broadway Hotel for book direct benefits.