Saturday’s downpour did little to dampen spirits at Staffordshire’s biggest gastronomic gathering last weekend, as crowds gathered on Westbridge Park for the 2018 Stone Food & Drink Festival.
Marking its 14th year the event, which took place on 5th, 6th & 7th October, drew crowds of some 17,000 over the three days. Highlights included live cookery demonstrations from top local chefs in the Willmott Dixon Demonstration Kitchen; Talks & Tastings sessions with passionate producers; Culinary Masterclasses, family fun and great live music. Visitors also got to fulfil their shopaholic tendencies with over 100 stalls in attendance selling everything from artisan cheese, pies, breads and sweet treats through to kitchen ware and global street food.
The beer, gin, wine and prosecco bars proved as popular as ever, with the event having a real ‘party’ feel that saw the space in front of the Tinsley Garner live music stage transformed into a dance floor several times over the weekend.
Festival Chairman, Richard Stevens says:
“Once again, what a weekend we’ve had! Friday was the busiest to date, but the deluge on Saturday morning always meant that we weren’t going to beat last year’s record attendance. Once the sun came out on Saturday afternoon, however, the atmosphere was fantastic. Sunday’s blue skies made the rather chilly temperatures bearable and the site was bustling. We’ve got some very happy traders – several of whom sold out of stock early on Saturday and Sunday – and we can’t wait to do it all again next year!”
All profits from the event, which is a not-for-profit CIC (Community Interest Company) run entirely by volunteers, will be ploughed strait back into next year’s festival. The 2019 Stone Food & Drink festival will take place on 4th, 5th & 6th October.