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Celebrity chefs and paw-fect pups set for Food & Drink Festival

Do you have a pup that is one paw above the rest? If so, we might have just the news for you.

Dogs have always been welcome at the Cheltenham Food & Drink Festival, set to be held in Montpellier Gardens this weekend (June 24 – 26). However, for the 2022 Festival, it won’t just be great chefs, including celebrity chef John Torode, Cheese and Wine Masterclasses, Artisan Food and Drink and entertainment on offer.

The Cheltenham Animal Shelter is the charity of the year and to celebrate this, organizers have set up some special events for you and your dog to participate in.

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For the three days of the Festival, there will be a specially-created photo backdrops to use for you to take a photograph of your beloved pooch to post on your social media using #Cheltfoodfestmydog. At the end of the show, a winner will be chosen from all the entries posted.

The winning dog’s photo will win three months’ supply of Butternut Box dog food, second prize is a half hour 1:1 behavior consultation or ‘have a go agility’ with the Cheltenham Animal Shelter’s dog behaviourist Rosie. Third prize is a voucher to treat yourself to a two course Sunday lunch for two people at the dog friendly Wychwood Inn in West Oxfordshire.



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On Saturday, June 25, the Animal Shelter will be holding a 20-minute trick training session with Becca and her dog Finn showing some tricks you are able to teach your dog at home. This runs from 11am until 11.20am.

On Sunday 26, with registration starting at 10.15 am, there will be a Fun Dog Show. There are five categories with 15 dogs per class. The £2 registration fee will go to support the amazing work the Cheltenham Animal Shelter does.

Is your dog a Fabulous Fella, a Lovely Lady, a Top Rescue, a Cute Puppy or a Golden Oldie? The winners from each category will be awarded a goodie bag from the Cheltenham Animal Shelter together with 1st, 2nd and 3rd place rosettes from Dragon Vets.

Winners from each category will enter the ‘Best in Show’ to win the Dragon Vet’s trophy and a voucher to use towards dinner at the fabulous Restaurant GL50 in Cheltenham.

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The events are being supported by Butternut Box dog food, who create specially formulated food to suit your dog’s likes and dislikes. Based on experience with his own dog, Dave started cooking Rudie grain free food using human quality ingredients, with no nasties, taste tested by humans.

Since 2015, Dave and his friend Kevin have been running Butternut Box: “Butternut Box are very much looking forward to being involved in the photography competition at the Cheltenham Food Festival and are really excited to meet the four-legged attendees of the festival. We ‘re more than happy to present the winner with three months of delicious, fresh, healthy Butternut Box meals – cooked like you would at home and delivered in perfect portions. See you all in June!’

The Fun Dog Show is being judged by Ollie Wilkinson, partner at Dragon Vet’s, who run practices around Gloucestershire: “Dragon Vet Center are honored to be involved with this year’s Cheltenham Food and Drink Festival. We will judge the Fun Dog Show with complete objectivity and independence, and should a white faced, 14 year old Hungarian Vizsla called Tassie win ‘Best in Show’ it will be a complete coincidence!”

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