Something to appeal to all tastes with jazz and food on the menu at festival
Chipping Sodbury is the place to be this weekend as the town's annual jazz and food festivals combine for three days of music and merriment.
Acker Bilk, Jacqui Dankworth and Terry Lightfoot make up the headline acts at the jazz festival which takes place from Friday, September 28, to Sunday, September 30.
Over the three days there will be two free workshops with professional players giving advice and instruction to young musicians.
How to play Jazz Harmonica led by Ben Hewlett and Take a Solo with Paul Buck and friends will both take place at Chipping Sodbury Baptist Church on Saturday, September 29.
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Organiser Stuart Hobday said: "The programme has been designed to appeal to all tastes and covers every genre of jazz. It will be possible for attendees to listen to their favourite jazz at breakfast, lunch and dinner over the three days of the event."
Jazz will also be featured in the main Sodbury thoroughfare with the very popular Ambling Band returning for a second year to entertain shoppers and residents attending the Festival of Food, which takes place on Saturday, September 29.
The festival, which includes beer and food tastings, cookery demonstrations and samplings, also sees the return of the Cake Baking Competition, first held in 2012. Hosted by Chipping Sodbury Baptist Church, all entries will be judged by Hobbs House Bakery, Anne Murray of Cooking4 and councillor Wendy Whittle, vice-chair of Sodbury Town Council.
The festival also includes an extended farmers' market featuring over 30 local food producers as well as high quality arts and crafts stalls.
Mark Lloyd, chair of the chamber of commerce, said: "The Festival of Food is firmly established as one of the most popular annual events in the town. It attracts thousands of visitors from far and wide and we are looking forward to another successful year. Running for the first time alongside Sodbury Jazz Festival, the day is certain to provide a huge boost to traders following a challenging year."