River Fest 2018, Stratford-Upon-Avon

Events / Friday, July 13th, 2018

Quick post for you today on a recent festival I went to in Stratford-Upon-Avon. Yes, occasionally I leave Birmingham and spend my money in other places. Who knew?!

After what can politely be described as a turbulent week, The Husband and I decided to spend last weekend doing nothing and being T-Total. This lasted approximately two hours and we actually ended up some 30 miles away at River Festival, beer in hand.

Setting up camp primarily on the riverside of Stratford-Upon-Avon town centre, this summer event includes street food, craft ale and cocktails, live music, activities and stalls. It’s also free to attend which – in light of my credit card bill this month thanks to buying cursed evening gowns – was most welcome. Held over Saturday and Sunday, the festival is organised by Stratforward and is designed to give back to the local community and businesses. The premise reminded me of what ColmoreBid is doing here in Birmingham with Colmore Food Festival – unity in the community and all that.

We rocked up on the Saturday late morning (covered head to toe in Factor 50, obviously) and ready for a good day out. We make an effort to visit Stratford-Upon-Avon at least 2-3 times every summer but I always forget how beautiful the place is, especially when the sun’s shining – no exception this weekend. There was more to see and do than we expected, and it was (understandably due to the glorious sunshine) heaving; I’ve seen streets in Bangkok at midnight with less people falling over themselves to find a cold pint.

Still, the atmosphere was good and there was plenty to mooch around before locating a square metre of shade to sit and drink gin. And drink gin I did. I also watched people go round and round on a big wheel; it looked fun but I couldn’t drag myself away from the booze van I’d perched next to. As I said, my attempt at being T-Total was piss poor.

I found all sorts of food stands – including plenty selling cheese, olives and chutneys – plus hot grub such as Persian inspired kebabs, fish and chips, and Indian street food. With temperatures hitting the late twenties it was a bloody hot afternoon down by the river, but great to see so many local hospitality folk coming together to put on a lovely event to celebrate this thriving part of the Midlands.

Did you got to River Festival 2018? Where would you recommend to eat in Stratford-Upon-Avon? Let me know in the comments.

Disclosure: This event is free to attend but all food and drink was paid for by me.

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