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2018 Stone Food & Drink Festival a resounding success

2018 Stone Food & Drink Festival a resounding success

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.

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Time to introduce four more fantastic traders you’ll find in the shopping village at Westbridge Park over the ‘big weekend’!

We Love Man Food: chunky and funky pickles, chutneys, sauces, beer jellies and cocktail jams

Little Sutton Biltong Co: Artisan biltong (dried, cured meat originating from South Africa)

Nidhoggr Mead Co: Purveyors of premium mead

Nelson’s Distillery: Multi-award-winning producer of fine craft spirits.

Have you booked your tickets yet?

@welovemanfood @nelsonsdistillery @littlesuttonbiltongcompany @nidhoggrmeadco

Time to introduce four more fantastic traders you’ll find in the shopping village at Westbridge Park over the ‘big weekend’!

We Love Man Food: chunky and funky pickles, chutneys, sauces, beer jellies and cocktail jams

Little Sutton Biltong Co: Artisan biltong (dried, cured meat originating from South Africa)

Nidhoggr Mead Co: Purveyors of premium mead

Nelson’s Distillery: Multi-award-winning producer of fine craft spirits.

Have you booked your tickets yet?

@welovemanfood @nelsonsdistillery @littlesuttonbiltongcompany @nidhoggrmeadco
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*SPONSOR SHOUT OUT*

Today we’re showing appreciation for our Sustainability Partner, Brown Recycling.

Here’s a little bit more about them and, in the coming weeks, we’ll be telling you more about how they’re helping us manage the festival’s waste to minimise its impact on the environment:

“Brown Recycling is the leading independent provider of total waste management and recycling services to businesses across Staffordshire, Cheshire, and the Midlands.
 
“From trade and commercial waste collection, to recycling solutions including cardboard, plastic, scrap metal, and hazardous materials, our total waste management services meet the needs of businesses of all sizes. And we work to the highest levels of safety, compliance, and sustainability in every aspect of our operations.
 
“Our loyal and satisfied customers choose to work with us for our 99% on time service delivery and our zero waste to landfill commitment for waste processed at our three sites in Stoke-on-Trent.”

To find out how Brown Recycling could help your business, head to: https://www.brownrecycling.co.uk

Brown Recycling 

#enjoystaffordshire #stonefoodanddrinkfest #stonefooddrinkfest #foodfestivals2024 #staffordshirefoodandrink #foodfest2024 #westbridgepark #stokefoodie #staffsfoodanddrink #sponsor #community #recycling #environment #sustainability

*SPONSOR SHOUT OUT*

Today we’re showing appreciation for our Sustainability Partner, Brown Recycling.

Here’s a little bit more about them and, in the coming weeks, we’ll be telling you more about how they’re helping us manage the festival’s waste to minimise its impact on the environment:

“Brown Recycling is the leading independent provider of total waste management and recycling services to businesses across Staffordshire, Cheshire, and the Midlands.

“From trade and commercial waste collection, to recycling solutions including cardboard, plastic, scrap metal, and hazardous materials, our total waste management services meet the needs of businesses of all sizes. And we work to the highest levels of safety, compliance, and sustainability in every aspect of our operations.

“Our loyal and satisfied customers choose to work with us for our 99% on time service delivery and our zero waste to landfill commitment for waste processed at our three sites in Stoke-on-Trent.”

To find out how Brown Recycling could help your business, head to: https://www.brownrecycling.co.uk

Brown Recycling

#enjoystaffordshire #stonefoodanddrinkfest #stonefooddrinkfest #foodfestivals2024 #staffordshirefoodandrink #foodfest2024 #westbridgepark #stokefoodie #staffsfoodanddrink #sponsor #community #recycling #environment #sustainability
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Four more fantastic traders you’ll find in this year’s Shopping Village at Westbridge Park on 5, 6 & 7 July 2024…

Shaw Meats – Gluten Free Butcher whose range includes Salamis, Cured Meats, Game, Fresh Meats, Fresh Sausages, Burgers, Black Pudding, Haggis

Sixtowns Gin - Stoke's finest spirits.

Blueberry Hill Preserves - Hand-made preserves with a big dollop of northern soul of a different type - an amazing amount of flavour packed into every jar...

Flint & Flame - Exquisite German steel knives

@shawmeatsltd @sixtownsbar @blueberryhillpreserves @flintandflameuk 

#stonefooddrinkfest #stonefoodanddrinkfest #westbridgepark #enjoystaffordshire #FoodFestivalFun #foodanddrink #foodiesofinstagram #staffordshirefoodandrink #foodstalls #foodfest2024 #artisanfoodproducers #westmidlandsfood #westmidlands #artisanfood #foodfestivals2024 #foodadndrink #staffsfoodanddrink #staffsfood #stokefoodie #stokefood #foodies #foodlovers

Four more fantastic traders you’ll find in this year’s Shopping Village at Westbridge Park on 5, 6 & 7 July 2024…

Shaw Meats – Gluten Free Butcher whose range includes Salamis, Cured Meats, Game, Fresh Meats, Fresh Sausages, Burgers, Black Pudding, Haggis

Sixtowns Gin - Stoke`s finest spirits.

Blueberry Hill Preserves - Hand-made preserves with a big dollop of northern soul of a different type - an amazing amount of flavour packed into every jar...

Flint & Flame - Exquisite German steel knives

@shawmeatsltd @sixtownsbar @blueberryhillpreserves @flintandflameuk

#stonefooddrinkfest #stonefoodanddrinkfest #westbridgepark #enjoystaffordshire #FoodFestivalFun #foodanddrink #foodiesofinstagram #staffordshirefoodandrink #foodstalls #foodfest2024 #artisanfoodproducers #westmidlandsfood #westmidlands #artisanfood #foodfestivals2024 #foodadndrink #staffsfoodanddrink #staffsfood #stokefoodie #stokefood #foodies #foodlovers
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Stone Street Food is underway in the High Street. We’re here till 9pm - who’s joining us? 🍕🍔🌭🥙🌮🍩🥘🍛

Stone Street Food is underway in the High Street. We’re here till 9pm - who’s joining us? 🍕🍔🌭🥙🌮🍩🥘🍛 ...

It’s time to shout out another four of the fabulous traders who’ll be gracing the festival shopping village on 5, 6 & 7 July at Westbridge Park - three of which have a refreshing theme fitting for this mini heatwave ☀️

Natural Iced Lemonade – Delicious, fresh lemonade made on site…

Black Lodge Potions - Premium craft spirits, conjured in the Black Lodge!

Great British Cheese Co - Cheese is not just an ingredient but should be the main feature of the dish, board or plate!

Root2Ginger – Concentrated, alcohol free ginger drinks made using premium organic products including cold pressed Peruvian ginger root, raw cane sugar, lemon juice, fresh limes and spices.

@blacklodgepotions @greatbritishcheese @root2ginger 

#FoodFestivalFun #stonefoodanddrinkfest #staffordshirefoodandrink #foodfestivals2024 #westmidlands #foodanddrink #westbridgepark #enjoystaffordshire #artisanfood #artisanfoodproducers #foodstalls #foodiesofinstagram #stonefooddrinkfest #foodfest2024 #westmidlandsfood

It’s time to shout out another four of the fabulous traders who’ll be gracing the festival shopping village on 5, 6 & 7 July at Westbridge Park - three of which have a refreshing theme fitting for this mini heatwave ☀️

Natural Iced Lemonade – Delicious, fresh lemonade made on site…

Black Lodge Potions - Premium craft spirits, conjured in the Black Lodge!

Great British Cheese Co - Cheese is not just an ingredient but should be the main feature of the dish, board or plate!

Root2Ginger – Concentrated, alcohol free ginger drinks made using premium organic products including cold pressed Peruvian ginger root, raw cane sugar, lemon juice, fresh limes and spices.

@blacklodgepotions @greatbritishcheese @root2ginger

#FoodFestivalFun #stonefoodanddrinkfest #staffordshirefoodandrink #foodfestivals2024 #westmidlands #foodanddrink #westbridgepark #enjoystaffordshire #artisanfood #artisanfoodproducers #foodstalls #foodiesofinstagram #stonefooddrinkfest #foodfest2024 #westmidlandsfood
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Check out this year’s site map, kindly sponsored by Stonegate Wealth Management!

Based in the heart of Stone, Stonegate Wealth Management is a financial planning practice specialising in pensions, investments and trusts. It provides bespoke financial advice and solutions to help clients plan their future, manage their wealth and make their money work as hard as it possibly can - find out more at stonegatewealth.co.uk

Thanks for the support, guys! 🙌

#community #foodanddrink #stonefoodanddrinkfest #westmidlands #wearestaffs #foodfestivals2024 #staffordshirefoodandrink #enjoystaffordshire #FoodFestivalFun #westbridgepark #sponsor #community

Check out this year’s site map, kindly sponsored by Stonegate Wealth Management!

Based in the heart of Stone, Stonegate Wealth Management is a financial planning practice specialising in pensions, investments and trusts. It provides bespoke financial advice and solutions to help clients plan their future, manage their wealth and make their money work as hard as it possibly can - find out more at stonegatewealth.co.uk

Thanks for the support, guys! 🙌

#community #foodanddrink #stonefoodanddrinkfest #westmidlands #wearestaffs #foodfestivals2024 #staffordshirefoodandrink #enjoystaffordshire #FoodFestivalFun #westbridgepark #sponsor #community
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