Huge dark clouds swirled overhead as Shrewsbury Food Festival opened its gates for trade.
But barely a drop of rain fell as the event welcomed an estimated 20,000 people into The Quarry Park throughout Saturday and yesterday.
The Gods seemed to be smiling on the two-day feast of food, entertainment and children’s activities.
And many people said they were already looking forward to the 2015 event.
Visitors enjoyed the best of local music and food, while the festival also shone a spotlight on the town’s artisans and craftspeople by showcasing Made In Shropshire, which works to promote the best of arts and crafts.
Held on The Quarry, the event featured celebrity chef demonstrations, live music on The Buttermarket #ShropshireUnsigned stage and free activities on the children’s stage.
Among the chefs performing were Chris Conde and James Sherwin, of Henry Tudor House, Dr Lal Haider, of the Old Hall Persian Restaurant in Dorrington, and Michel Nijsten, of the Albright Hussey Manor Hotel. Head chefs Vic Rowling, of the Lord Hill Hotel; Paul Maders, of the Inn at Grinshill and Mark Jones, of The Corbet Arms, also took part along with food specialists from the market, including award-winning artisan chocolatier Julia Wenlock, fishmonger-chef Ian Cornall, of Barkworths Seafoods, and master poultry butcher Jon Sykes, of Corbetts.