We are absolutely thrilled that multi award winning independent estate agents, James Du Pavey, are headline sponsor of our brand new-look ‘James Du Pavey Festival Food Theatre’ at this year’s 7th annual Ginger & Spice Festival.

The Food Theatre which will once again be a star attraction at this year’s festival, will be located under the stone portico Buttercross on Cheshire Street, in the centre of Market Drayton. It will showcase top, local and regional chefs, and artisans, demonstrating between 10am and 4.30pm on Saturday 30th September 2023.

For the second year, the James Du Pavey Food Theatre, will be hosted by Shropshire based podcaster, Charlotte Foster Podcasts, whose background in podcasts and radio (BBC and local commercials stations) will bring a wealth of presenting experience to the role.  The chefs demonstrating will be assisted by talented home economist and recipe developer, Jill Weatherburn, and a team of volunteers.

The Chef lineup includes Jill Weatherburn herself, Chef Liam James Tinsley of the Buttercross (Shire collection); Chef Chris Burt of the Shire Collection; Chef James Sherwin of Wild Shropshire; Chef and Master Baker Michel Nijsten of The Inn Baschurch and British Bread Company; Dan Smith the Pastry Box Shropshire;  Scott Shepley demonstrating how to butcher a joint from Shepley’s Butchers with their local meat and also making Clive Pies.

The James Du Pavey Food Theatre will be free of charge for all to attend.

Commenting on the sponsorship, James Du Pavey, said: “We are so excited to be sponsoring this fantastic festival again this year and can’t wait to see the wonderful dishes created in the Food Theatre. The Ginger and Spice Festival a fabulous day out for all of the family and we are honoured to be a part of it!”

Festival Director, Julia Roberts, said, “We are absolutely thrilled to have the continued support of James Du Pavey as headline sponsor of the James Du Pavey Food Theatre again in 2023. With James Du Pavey’s generous support and unwavering commitment to creating unforgettable experiences, we’ve been able to host this popular, live and interactive food theatre again including a fantastic line-up of top regional chefs. As ever, James’s Eccleshall branch team will be at the event  to showcase their outstanding commitment to the local area of Market Drayton.”