Chef School Auction for Self Help Africa

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One of the highlights of our 2016 Shrewsbury Food Festival was the FBC Manby Bowdler’s Cookery School. Huge numbers descended on our pop-up workshops, curated by Shrewsbury’s own Chris Burt.

This year we're looking to up the ante, so we're rounding off our fifth festival in fine style with a big-hitting Cookery School finale and charity auction in aid of Self Help Africa

It's all going down at 4.00pm on Sunday 25th June - come along to see local legends James Sherwin & Chris Burt in action, as they take on the 'Wild Shropshire' cookery class and bring the auction to a close!

How to take part...

  • Check out our amazing listings & place your bid!
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  • Online bidding will close at 4.00pm on Sunday 25th June. The winning bids will be announced live at Shrewsbury Food Festival!
  • Winning bidders will also be notified by e-mail. Payment must be made directly to Self Help Africa by cash, cheque or bank transfer within 5 days of notification. 
All funds raised will support our Festival charity Self Help Africa (Charity No. 298830). Based in Shrewsbury, Self Help Africa work with smallholder farmers across nine countries in sub-Saharan Africa; their vision is of a rural Africa free from hunger and poverty. They help farmers to produce enough food to feed their families all year round, earn an income and become self-sufficient. 

To find out more visit or e-mail or tel: 01743 277170

Shrewsbury Food Festival takes place on 24th & 25th June in The Quarry Park. Details at

£ 65
4-course Tasting Menu for two by Chris Burt
£ 82
2 x tickets to 'Wild Shropshire' at Pitchford Hall
£ 71
Mercedes Benz driving experience
£ 101
Lunch with BBC Presenter Nick Knowles
When bidding on an auction item, if you enter more than the minimum increment for an item then your bid will be used for proxy bidding. This is how it works:
1. You enter the absolute maximum that you are willing to bid for an item.
2. jumblebee places a bid on your behalf, using the minimum amount required to make you the highest bidder, i.e. current bid price plus bid increment OR the reserve price, if there is one and it can be covered by your proxy bid.
3. jumblebee continues to bid on your behalf, whenever you are outbid by another member's bid, until your maximum bid is exceeded or the auction is won.
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For example:
The current bid on an auction item is £100. The minimum increment is £10. You enter a bid of £150 (your maximum bid).
Using your bid, but increasing only by the minimum increment, jumblebee sets the current bid to £110.
Another person bids £130 but they are immediately outbid by jumblebee bidding on your behalf and the current bid goes up to £140.
The auction finishes and you have won the auction item at a price of £140.