About Us

The Ginger and Spice Festival is a community fringe festival which takes place annually in and around Market Drayton during British Food Fortnight. This year the festival will take place between 23rd to 27th September 2020.

The five day festival celebrates the town’s history and culinary heritage via an eclectic mix of fringe events.

These events can include talks, demonstrations, pop-up restaurants, community meals, trails, theatre performances, films, stand-up comedy, music, competitions and much more.

There is a particular focus on promoting seasonal and locally produced food, often with a ginger twist!


We give talks to group and organisations about the festival, here are the topics we talk on:

  • Shropshire’s Spicy Secrets – links to the ancient spice routes
  • The Truth About Spices –  How Clive changed lives
  • The History of the Curry

To book a talk, please email gingerandspicefest@gmail.com 

Who we are

Julia Roberts
Julia Roberts Festival Organiser
Julia is the founder and creative director of the Ginger and Spice Festival.
Julia has been been working in communications and events sector for over 25 years and currently runs her own communications consultancy. She has a passion for heritage, social history and food. She gives talks and speaks both nationally & internationally.

Julia’s favourite spice is currently cumin!

Davina Rowe
Davina RoweFestival Co-ordinator
Davina Rowe has a background working within the events industry having worked at the NEC and Nottingham Arena for over 12 years. She brings a wealth of event operation, ticketing and event management experience. She is also a big foodie at heart and enjoys eating out in the area, supporting local farm shops and find new and interesting food products to try cooking at home with.

Davina’s favourite spice is pepper, she particularly likes Mr Wolf’s pink pepper mix and regularly adds this and other spices to game dishes.

Rebecca Farr
Rebecca FarrMarketing Assistant
Rebecca is currently studying Events and Tourism BA at Staffordshire University.
She has over 2 years’ experience working in the events industry and on various volunteering opportunities. With being a South African, Rebecca would say that her most favourite spice of all time is coriander, as it is used in some of the most traditional South African dishes such as Bobotie, Boerewors and Biltong.