Stratford's Taste Trail Winners!
Nearly 800 visitors snapped up tickets for the popular trails during the Stratford Town Centre Food Festival in September, taking advantage of the chance to sample tasty treats for a snip from more than 30 restaurants, cafes, bars and pubs across the town. Two trails ran on each day.
Members of the public voted for their favourite venue from each trail. The votes have been counted and Saturday’s trail winners can now be revealed as La Marina Tapas Bar and Restaurant on Bridgeway and popular waterside restaurant Carluccio’s, while Wildwood Kitchen on Sheep Street and The Stratford Hotel on Arden Street proved to be the taste of the town for Sunday’s trails.
Antal Viszmeg, manager of Wildwood Kitchen, said: “The taste trail helped bring in lots of new customers, people who had never been to the restaurant before. We’re a large chain with 48 restaurants but we’re not as well known as some of our competitors in Stratford so it was a great way of getting our name out there.”
Steve Bradshaw, owner of La Marina Tapas Bar and Restaurant, said: “It went really well, an awful lot of people come in and the feedback was excellent. Since then we have already had bookings from it. Even on the Saturday night we had bookings from people who had been on the trail.”
Barrie Thomas, General Manager of The Stratford Hotel, said: “It was really good, we had a lot of people through our doors and their feedback was great. “It has helped us raise awareness of The Stratford, QHotels and our new afternoon tea. It’s definitely something for us to do next year.”
Carluccio’s manager Jen Julian said: “Taking part in the food trail was a great experience to share our love of food with so many people! To win made us all incredibly proud of the food we
serve here and I’m sure we will see all of our new friends soon for more delights from our new menu launched this week!”
Food fans who voted for their favourite venue in the Taste Trails were also entered into a draw to win a meal for two at one of the participants. The lucky winners were: Paul Kelly, who gets a meal for two at La Marina, Mary Walker who will enjoy a meal for two at The Stratford Hotel, Tony Morriss, who wins a meal for two at Carluccio’s and Ronald Piper, with a meal for two at The Wildwood Kitchen.
The Taste Trails were just one highlight of the three-day free festival, which attracted more than 80,000 people to the town.
It was organised by Stratforward BID (Business Improvement District) in association with market operator Groupe Geraud and showcased Stratford as one of the region’s premier food and leisure destinations.
The festival included free demonstrations from Stratford’s own culinary talent as well as celebrity chef Jean-Christophe Novelli, plus workshops and the chance to sample food from more than 100 stalls lining Waterside, Bridge Street and Henley Street, and various markets including the local producer’s area.
Work is already underway to make the 2017 food festival even better than this year.
(L-R) Matti Hill from Wildwood Kitchen, Dean Grubb and Barrie Thomas from The Stratford Q Hotel, Steve and Val Bradshaw from La Marina Tapas Bar & Restaurant, and Antal Viszmeg from Wildwood Kitchen.