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...

Tinsley GarnerTinsley Garner

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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 CarsDave Fox Cars

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Our local heroes…

Aston Marina

One of our long-term local heroes, 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

Another of our ‘local heroes’ – 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.

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

Our supporters…

A Little Bit of Stone website Thanks to the team for their fantastic support and encouragement
Aston Marina For their many acts of kindness and generosity and for allowing us to use their fields for the Park and Ride car park
Canal Cruising Co Thanks to Karen and Pete for their support in so many ways throughout the year
Lymestone Brewery For helping us thank our brilliant volunteers, and numerous other kindnesses
Mountfords the Ironmongers Thanks to Dave, Val and Andy for their year round generosity and support
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 3rd Stone Brownies
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’
Times, Echo and Life Publications Thanks to Jane, Sophie, Debbie and Paul for all their help in producing the official programme.
The Stone Local Thanks to Donna for her year round help and support
Stafford Web For designing, building and hosting our dynamic website
Staffordshire University For conducting our visitor survey and providing fantastic student volunteers
Squash PR For working with us to promote the festival and generally ‘spread the word’.

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