TASTY treats tempted thousands to the town centre on Saturday (April 15) for Rugby’s first Spring Food and Drink Festival.
Visitors indulged in flavours from around the world, including biltong, German sausages, Indian street food, Greek food, Punjabi Street food, pork and chorizo burgers, flatbreads, gourmet brownies, cheeses, and local honey.
Entertainment included a traditional funfair, face painting, circus skills, a petting farm, live music, dance, games, a children’s treasure trail, and a full size steam traction engine.
The new springtime festival in Regent Street and Regent Place was arranged following the annual autumn Food Festival’s successful post-lockdown comeback last September – which is set to go ahead again this year in addition to last weekend’s event.
Linda Lowne from organisers Rugby First said: “Feedback from the September event from businesses and visitors was extremely positive, with many asking for a second food and drink festival. We have listened.
“The festival is just one of the events organised by Rugby First, and – like the Rugby Bikefest, the Christmas light Switch-On and the September Food and Drink Festival – the event had a significant impact on the town centre, bringing increased footfall and revenue into the town centre economy, as well as attracting new visitors.”