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Stone Food & Drink Festival at Westbridge Park

About

It all began over a pint…

Back in 2004 a group of locals was lamenting the decline of Stone’s beautiful Georgian High Street in one of the town’s many fine hostelries. “What we need is something like Ludlow – a food festival!” Little did the gentleman who uttered those words know that, within just a few years, his gem of an idea would have grown into Staffordshire’s biggest gastronomic gathering.

From humble beginnings in the High Street and the Crown Hotel ball room, the festival has blossomed into a real celebration of food & drink that visitors travel miles to attend; marking the first weekend of October every year as a red letter day in the foodie calendar.

It’s all about the town (and the food!)

A not-for-profit Community Interest Company (CIC) the aim of the festival remains, as it always has been, to help promote the town of Stone. It brings visitors – and their cash – into the area to give local businesses a boost while providing a fun-filled event for the community. Over the years, it has also become a platform for the promotion of Staffordshire as a foodie destination – showcasing the county’s finest culinary talent alongside the very best of its artisan produce.

Directors

Richard Stevens

Richard Stevens

Richard Stevens has been festival chairman from the start, growing the festival from its humble beginnings – with the sterling efforts of the festival team – to the major foodie event it is today. He’s passionate about great food, real ales and live music, and the festival’s role in attracting thousands of people to the town he loves.

Tim O’Malley

Tim O’Malley

Tim O’Malley is an accountant who brings his invaluable skills in this area to the table – and he’s a pretty nifty litter-picker, too. His dad was a drayman for Joules’s Brewery in Stone many moons ago, and Tim worked there himself in the summer holidays. Beer’s in the blood, Tim says, so the festival beer tent, featuring Staffordshire’s finest brewers, is a favourite of his. You can hear Tim’s dulcet tones over the tannoy all festival weekend, keeping visitors up to speed with what’s happening where.

Charlotte Eglington

Charlotte Eglington

Charlotte Eglington runs Squash PR. Since 2011 she’s worked with us to make sure everyone knows about the festival through marketing and social media, and manages communication with visitors. A hive of creativity, she was invited onto the Board of Directors in 2014 and in this role plays a big part in developing new events and attractions to keep the festival fresh and exciting. A mum of two children, she is passionate about little ones being involved in the festival experience.

Ange Arnold

Ange Arnold

Traders Co-ordinator & Director
An organisational super-woman who has been a volunteer for many years, Ange officially joined the team as Trader Co-ordinator in 2021. From securing bookings to organising site plans and general comms Ange ensures our traders festival journey is a smooth one, while running a watertight ship admin behind the scenes. With an eye for detail and a talent for trouble-shooting, Ange is an invaluable member of the team. She is a real grafter and, along with husband Tony and children Josh and Katie (who you’ll regularly see at events in their volunteers’ high vis) helps run the Stone Street Food and Sunday Series events in town, too. Her impact on the smooth running of the fest has been such that, within 12 months, she was invited to join the board of directors.

Cath Haigh

Cath Haigh

Sponsorship Co-ordinator
Ange’s sister Cath will be another familiar face if you’re a regular festival-goer, having volunteered on the gate at the event since the early days. With the festival relying heavily on sponsorship from local businesses, when we were looking for someone to formalise and drive forward the commercial side of the operation Cath, with her background in building corporate relationships within the hospitality sector, was the natural choice. Her dynamic and highly organised approach has seen the festival significantly increase its income from sponsorship in her first few months in the role – and forge strong relationships with exciting local businesses for the future.

Latest on Instagram

A BIG thank you to everyone who bought along food bank donations to the fest! 

Our lead sponsor Drac collected quite a haul from visitors over the ‘big weekend’ and this week Richie Sutherland, Managing Director of Drac Logistics and Alex Hayes, CEO of Drac Group – dropped them off at Stone Community Hub…

@stonecommhub  #communtiy #foodbank #stokefood #stonefood #staffsfood #charity #staffordshire #stonefoodfest #stonefooddrinkfest #stonefoodanddrinkfestival

A BIG thank you to everyone who bought along food bank donations to the fest!

Our lead sponsor Drac collected quite a haul from visitors over the ‘big weekend’ and this week Richie Sutherland, Managing Director of Drac Logistics and Alex Hayes, CEO of Drac Group – dropped them off at Stone Community Hub…

@stonecommhub #communtiy #foodbank #stokefood #stonefood #staffsfood #charity #staffordshire #stonefoodfest #stonefooddrinkfest #stonefoodanddrinkfestival
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Ready for a new challenge? 

Live music stage sponsor Joule’s Brewery are looking for likeminded folk who dream of taking on their own pub, individuals that are passionate about great beer, great pubs and great food. People who lead from the front, are great hosts, who aren’t afraid of pulling a pint and will dive in to embrace their local community!

Find out more today by emailing opportunities@joulesbrewery.co.uk 

@joulesbrewery #shropshire #staffordshire #jobopportunity #opportunity #pubs #barmanagers #ownapub #pubowner

Ready for a new challenge?

Live music stage sponsor Joule’s Brewery are looking for likeminded folk who dream of taking on their own pub, individuals that are passionate about great beer, great pubs and great food. People who lead from the front, are great hosts, who aren’t afraid of pulling a pint and will dive in to embrace their local community!

Find out more today by emailing [email protected]

@joulesbrewery #shropshire #staffordshire #jobopportunity #opportunity #pubs #barmanagers #ownapub #pubowner
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OVER & OUT!

Thanks for your support guys - until next year! 🍻

OVER & OUT!

Thanks for your support guys - until next year! 🍻
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🎶 Headliners The Kilns  have taken the Joule's Brewery Live Music stage - the sun is shining and the party has officially started! 🎶

@thekilnsband @joulesbrewery  #staffordshirefoodies #stonefoodanddrink #stonefoodfestival #stokefoodscene #stonefoodanddrinkfestival #stokeontrent #stoke #wearestaffordshire #enjoystaffs #staffordshirefood #sonestaffs #stonefoodfest #stafford #staffordshirefoodanddrink #foodstagram #foodfestivals #foodfest #stonefooddrink #staffordshirefoodie #foodfestival #staffordshire

🎶 Headliners The Kilns have taken the Joule`s Brewery Live Music stage - the sun is shining and the party has officially started! 🎶

@thekilnsband @joulesbrewery #staffordshirefoodies #stonefoodanddrink #stonefoodfestival #stokefoodscene #stonefoodanddrinkfestival #stokeontrent #stoke #wearestaffordshire #enjoystaffs #staffordshirefood #sonestaffs #stonefoodfest #stafford #staffordshirefoodanddrink #foodstagram #foodfestivals #foodfest #stonefooddrink #staffordshirefoodie #foodfestival #staffordshire
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Blue skies have made an appearance just as Bella Littlehales Music took to the Joule's Brewery Live Music Stage to entertain the crowds! ☀️

Blue skies have made an appearance just as Bella Littlehales Music took to the Joule`s Brewery Live Music Stage to entertain the crowds! ☀️ ...

Meanwhile, over in the Talks & Tastings Tent, kindly sponsored by The Clubhouse Stoke you can learn all about - and taste - Nelson’s Distillery & School Rum! 🍹 Session stats at 12.30 - and there’s plenty more great talks to follow this afternoon! 

#staffordshirefoodies #stonefoodanddrink #stonefoodfestival #stokefoodscene #stonefoodanddrinkfestival #stokeontrent #stoke #wearestaffordshire #enjoystaffs #staffordshirefood #sonestaffs #stonefoodfest #stafford #staffordshirefoodanddrink #foodstagram #foodfestivals #foodfest #stonefooddrink #staffordshirefoodie #foodfestival #staffordshire

Meanwhile, over in the Talks & Tastings Tent, kindly sponsored by The Clubhouse Stoke you can learn all about - and taste - Nelson’s Distillery & School Rum! 🍹 Session stats at 12.30 - and there’s plenty more great talks to follow this afternoon!

#staffordshirefoodies #stonefoodanddrink #stonefoodfestival #stokefoodscene #stonefoodanddrinkfestival #stokeontrent #stoke #wearestaffordshire #enjoystaffs #staffordshirefood #sonestaffs #stonefoodfest #stafford #staffordshirefoodanddrink #foodstagram #foodfestivals #foodfest #stonefooddrink #staffordshirefoodie #foodfestival #staffordshire
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