Sponsors and Supporters

Stone Food and Drink Festival is a not-for-profit Community Interest Company and is run entirely by volunteers. We are therefore very grateful to all those organisations, companies, businesses and individuals who together make it possible for us to organise the Festival each year. It is impossible to list everyone who has been involved but particular thanks must be given to the following sponsors and supporters whose contributions have made a significant contribution to the event’s ongoing success…

Our main sponsor...

Joule's Brewery

Joule’s are proud to be returning to Stone with their latest project Crown Wharf, a brand new Taphouse opening in 2020. Joule’s story started many years ago. Joule’s Pale Ale famously originated from Stone where the beer had been brewed since the 16th century.  First, brewed by Augustinian Monks who were known to bless each barrel marking it with a red cross to identify its superior qualities, John Joule adopted this sign of the Red Cross for his ales and registered the mark in 1867 making it 6th oldest beer trademark in the world.

Today Joule’s, a small Brewery, mainly serves its own collection of 45 Brewery Taps as well as a small local group of loyal Freetrade customers and Partners.

To follow the projects progress visit @joulescrownwharf on Facebook.


Additonal sponsors...

Lexus Stoke

Sponsoring both the Demonstration Kitchen and Talks & Tastings Tent this year, Lexus Stoke is an award-winning dealership set in the heart of Trentham Lakes (ST4 4FD, Gordon Banks Drive), and are the global leaders in Self-Charging Hybrid technology. They offer a range of new and Lexus Select Approved Pre-Owned luxury vehicles, comprehensive aftercare, servicing and business sales.

The newly refurbished state-of-the-art showroom invites you into the world of Lexus, providing the best customer experience in Staffordshire, Shropshire, Cheshire and Crewe. #ExperienceAmazing at Lexus Stoke, currently ranked 4.8/5.0 on Google, Facebook, Auto Trader, and voted 9.4/10 by customers on the Lexus website. Enjoy an extended 24-hour test drive (subject to availability).

Aston Marina

Aston Marina generously provides the venue for the festival’s Park & Ride Service; helping to relieve pressure on parking in town and making it easy for visitors from further afield to get to Westbridge Park over the ‘big weekend’.

Located on the A51 Lichfield Road just outside town, the marina is a renowned ‘waterside foodie haven’ – offering great modern-British cuisine in a relaxed, friendly environment in its No.26 bar & restaurant; and exclusive-use venue hire for weddings, Christenings, parties, funerals, corporate events, charity fundraisers and more in its purpose-built venue The Boat House. The marina also offers 200 berths available for long term and temporary moorings.

To discover more or book a table at No.26 visit www.astonmarina.co.uk or call 01785 819702

Brown Recycling Ltd

Staffordshire’s largest skip hire and recycling centre, Brown Recycling Ltd, collect the festival waste and sort it completely free of charge to support our community-centred event. Each year since Brown’s involvement, some 98% of the festival’s waste was put into the recycling chain.

With the festival producing roughly 4 tonnes of waste each year, we are keen to ensure that as little of this as possible goes into landfill and are hugely grateful to Brown Recycling Ltd for their support in helping us reach this goal.

For more information of Brown Recycling Ltd services, which include skip hire and waste management alongside recycling and scrap metal handling, visit www.brownrecycling.co.uk  or call 0800 998 1069.

JTF Mega Discount Warehouse

Gold Package Sponsor JTF offers a huge range of products in-store and online, from Home & Garden, DIY, Food & Drink, Furniture, Toys, Pet, Toiletries, Cleaning and so much more.
No matter what the project, occasion or event, they have it covered – just head to the Stoke Mega Discount Warehouse just off King Street, Fenton. https://www.jtf.com/

Dave Fox Cars

Dave Fox Cars sponsors the town centre map you’ll find in the centre spread of the printed festival programme; pinpointing all the venues that are hosting events throughout festival week.

Specialists in the sale of quality used sports, performance, prestige and luxury cars, you’ll always find a broad selection of impressive motors on the forecourt of the Stone and Meaford salerooms.

To discover more, head to www.davefoxcars.co.uk, call 01785 815557 or head to the Newcastle Road showroom.

Stone Van Hire

Has kindly offered the use of one of its vans as the festival’s welfare van.

With a vast amount of knowledge and experience in dealing with both corporate clients and the general public, the company offers hassle-free van, plant and motorhoe hire from its base in Tittensor.

To find out more head to www.stonevanhire.co.uk or call 01785 815 241

Our local heroes…

There are a number of local businesses that support the festival by offering help free of charge. Their support may or may not reflect the nature of their business, but they all go above and beyond to help make this great community event a success. We’d like to say a huge thank-you to….

Dave Williams

Stone’s very own music man Dave knows has his finger on the pulse of the local live music scene. His involvement has seen live music become an increasingly important part of the Stone Food & Drink Festival experience, with acts hand-picked to offer variety from talented acoustic artists to covers and party bands offering something for everyone. He also works behind the scenes all weekend sorting out amplifiers and speakers, carrying out sound checks and making sure everything works smoothly. Whenever there’s a live music event in Stone you’ll find Dave closely involved – whether organising or performing as part of acoustic duo Tequila Rose, as a member of party band The Formula or with his new glam rock outfit, Hairy Eyeball!

Emma Joustra

Local artist Emma captures the essence of Stone in her charming artwork – she’s also the talent behind the map in our festival programme, which she updates each year to keep it fresh and relevant. Catch Emma on her stand over the ‘big weekend’ selling prints, cards, tea towels, coasters and a whole lot more all featuring her fab paintings that celebrate what makes our town so special.

Lymestone Brewery

Brad and Viv at Stone’s very own Lymestone Brewery are huge supporters of the festival. Not only do they run a host of fantastic events – including the famous Chilli Off Competition – at the Mount Street brewery and The Borehole in the run-up to the ‘big weekend’, but they run a bustling bar and offer Talks & Tastings sessions throughout the fest. And their involvement goes way beyond this – having provided storage space and hosted the volunteers’ thank you party at the brewery, they really are a part of the team!

R Mountford Ironmonger

They don’t make shops like Mountfords’ anymore – a Stone institution since 1934, it’s an Aladdin’s cave of hardware & DIY essentials, all great value with old-fashioned personal service and expert advice on tap. We’re hugely grateful for their support in providing all the little essentials that we need during set up – from screws and nails to zip ties and a whole lot more besides, they literally help stick the event together by ensuring we have the right tools for the job!


A Little Bit of Stone is a veritable goldmine of local news – if it’s happening in Stone, the ALBOS team will be reporting it via its popular website and social media forums. Husband and wife duo Jon and Lisa Cook volunteer their time outside of work to run this fantastic local service, and we’d like to thank them for supporting the festival and helping to ‘spread the word’ about the events happening in and around town during festival week.

Canal Cruising

Based at Stone’s historic Crown Wharf, Canal Cruising offer Canal Boat hire to take in the beautiful waterways of the Trent & Mersey Canal network. They are avid supporters of the food & drink festival; offering their workshop and skills to make or repair anything and everything from disabled ramps to signage or fencing – if it’s broken, they can fix it! Over festival weekend they host open days at the wharf giving visitors a chance to experience Stone’s canal town heritage first-hand.
To discover more about Canal Cruising holidays, visit https://www.canalcruising.co.uk/

The Times & Echo Group

The local publishers behind titles that include The Cheadle and Tean Times; The Uttoxeter Echo; and The Blythe and Forsbrook Times as well as glossies the Stone Life, Eccleshall Life and Leek Life, they produce the festival programme free of charge. Not only do they work with us to create editorial content will be printing 40,000 copies for door to door deliveries across the area and distribution in local pubs and venues.
We are hugely grateful to Paul, Jane and the whole team for their hard work supporting the festival each year. To find out more head to http://www.timesechoandlife.co.uk/

Staffordshire University Business School

Since 2015, Tourism & Events Management students from Staffordshire University’s Business School have conducted a visitor survey on behalf of the festival, expertly guided by their lecturers. In addition to carrying out survey questionnaires over the ‘big weekend’, students then analyse and present professional reports on their findings to help the festival team gauge visitor experience and make key decisions about future developments.

Elsewhere, students volunteer at the festival in various roles as part of the Business School’s commitment to giving students real business experience; clocking up valuable work experience hours toward their courses whilst helping swell the ranks of our brilliant volunteers. It’s a pleasure to be work with the University team and we enjoy the youth and enthusiasm that the students’ involvement brings to the event.

For more information on Staffordshire Business School and its range of courses, head to http://www.staffs.ac.uk/courses/subjects/business-and-marketing

Local business partners…

As a not-for-profit organisation, the festival aims to bring cash into the local area and support local businesses. This includes High Street pubs, shops and restaurants – but also extends to a network of specialists that we engage to carry out work on behalf of the event throughout the year. Many of these are firm festival supporters and also volunteer time in the run-up to or over the ‘big weekend’, too. They include…
Goss Films – For creating our fabulously fun promotional videos
Panda Press – For professional print & design services
Olly Shenton Design – For creativity in producing the designs for the festival marketing and on-site materials
R.A.Knight & Co – For masterminding and sponsoring the Tapas Trail
Rob Smith – For running the Park & Ride service in support of local scout and guide groups
Stafford and Stone District Canoe Club – For all their help and support in being such good ‘neighbours’!
Stone Boat Building Co Ltd – For their help & support throughout the year
Stone Outward Division Guides – For providing ‘welcome’ stewards at gate and handing out ‘goodie bags’
The Stone Local – Thanks to Donna for her year-round help and support
Stafford Web – For designing, building and hosting our website
Squash PR – For working with us to promote the festival and generally ‘spread the word’

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