Friday, 20th October saw movers and shakers of the Staffordshire culinary scene attend a glittering ceremony at Lichfield Cathedral to mark the NFU Mutual Taste of Staffordshire Good Food Awards 2017.
There’s lots going on in and around Stone for the whole of food festival week – whether you need a place to stay for the weekend or are planning a longer break there’s a good choice of hotels & B&Bs, in the area for you to choose from – plus, as a canal town, there are canal boats for hire and several options for moorings. Click here for our guide to local accommodation.
Baby changing facilities are provided on the main food festival site at Westbridge Park.
There are no cash points on the main Westbridge Park festival site. Several cash points are located in Stone High Street, where you’ll also find the Festival Farmers’ Market on Friday and Saturday, but we recommend you plan ahead and bring a ready supply of cash in advance to avoid inconvenience (some stallholders accept credit and debit cards, Contactless payments under £30 are now accepted on the gate; as are a number of stalls, food outlets and bars).
Children are welcome at the Stone Food & Drink Festival!
Accompanied under 16s get free entry to the main Westbridge Park site and there’s plenty to keep them entertained on Saturday & Sunday– from circus skills workshops to free kids’ cookery classes.
Groups and coach parties are welcome at the festival – especially on Friday which tends to be a little quieter than the weekend days. Please contact us in advance to discuss group ticket discounts and for information on parking.
Many individual exhibitors have their own credit card payment facilities, but a significant number do not. Tickets on the entrance gate are available to be pruchased with a Credit Card but only using Contactless, Apple Pay or Android Pay up to £30. The Beer Tent and many bars are only cash, so we recommend you also bring a ready supply of cash with you to Westbridge Park.
Stone is bustling during food festival week – if you don’t really like crowds, we recommend you plan your visit for Friday afternoon; when the main festival at Westbridge Park are quieter than on Saturday and Sunday.
At peak times there can be queues to get into the festival – by buying your tickets in advance online or from the festival office you can avoid these and benefit from a special ‘fast track’ entry lane.
The Stone Food & Drink Festival always takes place over the first weekend in October. The dates are:
There are also a host of other events going on in and around town all festival week – for full details check out the festival programme.
We welcome disabled visitors to the festival and make every effort to accommodate their needs, with the majority of the site being accessible by wheelchair.
Please do be aware, however, that the large number of visitors can make navigating the main marquees during peak times difficult for less mobile visitors.
Disabled toilet facilities are provided. This year, due to the development owork going on at Westbridge Park we don't have access to the disabled parking spaces on the Leisure Centre car park. Hiowever, we can confirm that all the buses operating from thr Aston Marina Park & Ride are accessible for wheelchairs and there are also spaces for Blue Badge holders at the pay & display car parks on the corner of Stafford Street and Crown Street
To comply with advice regarding Food Hygene Regulations, we regret that dogs (except guide dogs) are NOT allowed on the main Westbridge Park site during the Stone Food and Drink Festival. On Friday and Saturday the High Street also gets very busy with the Farmers’ Market, so we recommend that people leave their dogs at home to avoid undue stress.
Holders of valid Enjoy Staffordshire cards will benefit from an exclusive offer on the gate on production of card.
2017 offer: £1 off per person, at the gate, on production of a valid Enjoy Staffordshire Card. Maximum of two people per card.
To obtain your Enjoy card apply on line here.
If you are a new trader interested in exhibiting at the 2017 Stone Food & Drink Festival, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with details of your company, products and address and contact information. No applications will be accepted over the festival phone.
Nb. Applications for new Exhibitors are now closed for the 2017 Festival.
First Aid practitioners are on site at all times during the main festival at Westbridge Park. The First Aid point is located near to the Demonstration Kitchen marquee.
The main festival site at Westbridge Park is open:
Last admission any day 1hr before close; visitors will be asked to clear the site by 7pm on Friday and 6pm Saturday & Sunday
Stone Farmers’ Market is in the High Street from 9am – approximately 5pm on Saturday of food festival week; but please note as many traders sell out early an early start is advised!
Award-winning restaurant, bar & events venue Aston Marina is once again generously hosting the festival Park & Ride service.
Aston Marina is located on the southern outskirts of town on the A51 - follow the yellow road signs from all the major roads into Stone.
Return shuttle bus ticket - £2 per person (please note, last bus back to Park & Ride will leave at 6.15pm on Sunday 8th Oct 2017.
The Stone Food & Drink Festival is a not-for-profit Community Interest Company (CIC). It is run by a team of volunteers with the aim of promoting Stone as a destination and Staffordshire produce. All profits from the event are ploughed back into the festival, helping to ensure that it grows year on year with new additions to the programme.
While we cherry-pick exhibitors for the quality of their products, should you have an issue with the quality of an item purchased please, in the first instance, please raise it with the stallholder. If you don’t have their contact details please get in touch and we will pass them on so you are able to resolve the issue. We wish the festival to remain of an exceptional quality across the board so if you have a major problem with product quality that you think we should be aware of please let us know in writing via email@example.com or the postal address on our contact page stating the nature of the problem and the stallholder(s) involved.
Stone Food and Drink Festival is a not-for-profit Community Interest Company and is run entirely by volunteers. We are thererfore very grateful to all those organisations, companies, businesses and individuals who together make it possible for us to organise the Festival each year .For more details visit this page /sponsors.htm
Prices for entry to main festival site at Westbridge Park:
*Accompanied under-16s get free entry
Tickets can be bought on the gate on the day of arrival and can be pruchased with Cash or using Contactless, Apple Pay or Android Pay for tickets under £30, or ordered in advance via this website for special discounts. Advance ticket holders will also benefit from fast track entry to avoid queues.
Male, female and disabled portable toilets are to be found in several locations on the main Westbridge Park festival site. Stone town centre public toilets are located adjacent to the Crown Street car park.
Stone is a beautiful market town situated midway between Stafford and Stoke on Trent, close to the A34 and alongside the Trent & Mersey Canal and the River Trent. The town is easily accessed from all parts of the country by road and rail.
Stone Railway Station is a five minute walk from the town centre. Stone is on the direct Crewe to London Euston service operated by London Midland trains and connections to other parts of the rail network can be accessed by changing at Stafford and Stoke-on-Trent.
Reliable and regular bus services operate between Stoke, Stafford and Stone.
Firstbus operates a twenty minute service, the 10, between Hanley via Newcastle and Stafford calling at Stone. Click here for the Firstbus 101 timetable.
Bennetts Travel operate several local services including a service to and from Longton.
By car to Stone
ST15 8QU to the Park & Ride service.
Sat Nav ref: ST15 8QW will take you to Westbridge Park
From the north on M6, leave at Junction 15. Continue straight ahead at first roundabout onto the A500 towards Stoke on Trent. In 1 mile take the next slip road to join the A34. At roundabout at bottom of slip road take third exit to continue south on A34. After five miles, follow signs to the Park and Ride car park at Aston Marina.
From the south on M6, leave at Junction 14. Take third exit on roundabout towards Stafford and Stone. At second roundabout turn left onto A34 continue for four miles to Stone. Follow signs to the Park and Ride car park.
If you're not travelling by motorway, from the east, Stone is easily accessed from the A50 at Meir (near Stoke on Trent ) along the A520. From Lichfield and Rugeley, take the A51 and on approaching Stone follow the signs to the Park and Ride car park at Aston Marina.
The Trent and Mersey Canal runs through the town and there is ample towpath mooring. Further information can be found on the following websites.
The Inland Waterways Association site
The Canal and River Trust
www.canalcruising.co.uk for boat hire and services at Crown Street Wharf
www.stoneboatbuilding.co.uk for boat chandlery supplies
There are a number of exhibitors specialising in vegetarian foods both in the Westbridge Park Gourmet Marquee and in the High Street Farmers’ Market. Vegetarian options are also on offer in the sit down dining venues on site.
The Stone Food & Drink Festival relies 100% on a volunteer workforce! From gate staff to stewards, help with setting up to litter pickers – and everything in between – we need a small army every year to ensure the festival goes without a hitch. If you’re interested in becoming one of our hard-working volunteers and having great fun with a team of like-minded individuals, email us on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07564 378 916.