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.
With the Stone Food & Drink Festival now just 3 months away, food and drink fans are urged to keep the weekend of Friday 6th, Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th October clear in their calendar.
A full week of food and drink related events will take place in and around the charming North Staffordshire market town; with local pubs, restaurants and shops all getting into the festival spirit. From quizzes and themed meals to special offers and evenings of live entertainment, there will be plenty to enjoy; all culminating in the county’s biggest foodie gathering on Westbridge Park from Friday 6th – Sunday 8th October.
Visitors can browse over 100 stalls to browse in the gourmet marquee, while foodies looking to hone their skills during their visit will not be disappointed. Top local chefs will be sharing recipes and tips on the hour, every hour, in the demonstration kitchen. Those who fancy getting ‘hands on’ with food can take part in Cookery Masterclasses, which are bookable online in advance to avoid disappointment, while in the Talks and Tastings Tent exhibitors will wax lyrical about products ranging from wine and beer to cheese and butchery demonstrations; with some surprise topics yet to be announced.
Families will find plenty to keep the youngsters busy too - on festival Saturday and Sunday Professor Panic will put on free circus skills workshops and shows in the Big Top, while KiddyCook North Staffs will offer free kids’ cookery classes. A fun yet educational foodie treasure trail will run all weekend, with face painting and craft activities also on offer.
There is also great live music to enjoy while enjoying a pint from numerous Staffordshire brewers in attendance; whilst an elegant wine, champagne and cocktail bar offers something for everyone. And when it comes to eating over the ‘big weekend’ visitors will be spoilt for choice, with a host of street food stands offering flavours from around the world.
The 2017 Stone Food & Drink festival is planned to take place on Friday 6th, Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th October. For further details head to www.stonefooddrink.org.uk