Whatever the weather, the Frome Festival’s Food Feast on Saturday 7th July is all set to be the highlight of the ten day event, drawing thousands from Frome and beyond for a night of free entertainment and great food.
For the third year running, the Food Feast will take place in the Market Yard Car Park next to the Cheese and Grain. The hall will be open throughout, so in the eventuality of rain, the bands on the outdoor stage can be moved inside, and the audience can enjoy the evening in the dry at no charge.
With numerous food stalls featuring international cuisine or locally sourced dishes, a real ale bar, and a specialist cider bar, there will be plenty of choice at very reasonable prices. Crowds will be entertained from 5.30 pm by the Frome Street Bandits; SATCO’s street theatre; Mark Ballamy and Terry Quinney; Roger Styles and The Isis. There will also be a special, surprise event. The Mayor of Frome, Pippa Goldfinger will open the Food Feast at 6.15. At 9 pm the music will move into the hall with Sweet Machine concluding the evening, which is being presented as part of the Cheese and Grain’s regular Acoustic Plus events.
Food stalls will close at 9.30. “Last year” according to Festival Director, Martin Dimery, “the weather was wonderful, and there was a record turn out. With more food stalls, more space, and an indoor option, we are expecting another big turn out, come rain or shine.”
With thousands on the streets, there is plenty of entertainment to move onto after the Food Feast. Music will continue into the night at The Cornerhouse; The Granary; The Griffin; Frome Town Football Club; and a wonderful candlelit concert by the Amati String Quartet from 10 pm at Holy Trinity Church featuring the works of Dvorak, Glass and Ravel.
The Festival begins on Friday this week when, amongst other events, well over 1000 people will be watching either Reef at the Cheese and Grain, the play “Equus”” at the Merlin Theatre, or the Castilian Quartet at Rook Lane Arts. Hundreds more will enjoy free entertainment in many of the bars in town. (Pictures shown from 2011 event).