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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.

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Don’t miss out! 

The sooner you book, the more you save with our ‘early bird’ ticket offer! 

Prices will go up again from 29th Feb 2024 so book online now and bag yourself a bargain ticket to this summer’s hottest foodie event…

(Accompanied under 16s go FREE - no ticket required!)

https://stonefooddrink.org.uk/tickets/

#enjoystaffordshire #stonefoodanddrinkfest #westmidlandsfood #foodiesofinstagram #staffordshirefoodandrink #stokefood #staffsfoodanddrink #FoodFestivalFun #stonefooddrinkfest #foodlover #streetfood #stokeontrent #westmidlands #stafford #staffordshire

Don’t miss out!

The sooner you book, the more you save with our ‘early bird’ ticket offer!

Prices will go up again from 29th Feb 2024 so book online now and bag yourself a bargain ticket to this summer’s hottest foodie event…

(Accompanied under 16s go FREE - no ticket required!)

https://stonefooddrink.org.uk/tickets/

#enjoystaffordshire #stonefoodanddrinkfest #westmidlandsfood #foodiesofinstagram #staffordshirefoodandrink #stokefood #staffsfoodanddrink #FoodFestivalFun #stonefooddrinkfest #foodlover #streetfood #stokeontrent #westmidlands #stafford #staffordshire
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Happy Pancake Day!

What will you be enjoying on your pancakes today? Our vote is classic sugar & lemon 🥞🍋

#westmidlandsfood #stokefood #stonefoodanddrinkfest #staffsfoodanddrink #stonefoodandrink #enjoystaffordshire #staffordshirefoodandrink #stokefoodie #foodies #foodlovers #foodiesofinstagram

Happy Pancake Day!

What will you be enjoying on your pancakes today? Our vote is classic sugar & lemon 🥞🍋

#westmidlandsfood #stokefood #stonefoodanddrinkfest #staffsfoodanddrink #stonefoodandrink #enjoystaffordshire #staffordshirefoodandrink #stokefoodie #foodies #foodlovers #foodiesofinstagram
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Great turnout already for our Volunteers’ Recruitment Evening at Bod Stone - we’ll be here for a couple of hours if you want to pop in and find out more!

Can’t make it but interested? Please email volunteers@stonefooddrink.org.uk 

Bod Stone

#westmidlandsfood #FoodFestivalFun #enjoystaffordshire #foodfest2024 #staffsfoodanddrink #staffordshirefoodandrink #stokefood #stonefooddrinkfest #wearestaffs #stonefoodanddrinkfest #stonefoodandrink

Great turnout already for our Volunteers’ Recruitment Evening at Bod Stone - we’ll be here for a couple of hours if you want to pop in and find out more!

Can’t make it but interested? Please email [email protected]

Bod Stone

#westmidlandsfood #FoodFestivalFun #enjoystaffordshire #foodfest2024 #staffsfoodanddrink #staffordshirefoodandrink #stokefood #stonefooddrinkfest #wearestaffs #stonefoodanddrinkfest #stonefoodandrink
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We are now taking applications for traders for the 2024 Stone Food & Drink Festival, which returns to Westbridge Park this year on Fri 5, Sat 6 & Sun 7 July.

Whether you’re a purveyor of fine produce, trade in artisan food & homeware or create sublime street food flavours we’d love to hear from you. 

Please email traders@stonefooddrink.org.uk 

#stokefoodie #foodfest2024 #FoodFestivalFun #staffsfoodanddrink #foodlover #staffordshirefoodandrink #westmidlandsfood #wearestaffs #stokefood #stonefooddrinkfest #enjoystaffordshire #staffordshirefoodanddrink #artisanfood #artisanfoods #artisanfoodproducers #streetfood #streetfoodtrucks #foodstalls #farmersmarket

We are now taking applications for traders for the 2024 Stone Food & Drink Festival, which returns to Westbridge Park this year on Fri 5, Sat 6 & Sun 7 July.

Whether you’re a purveyor of fine produce, trade in artisan food & homeware or create sublime street food flavours we’d love to hear from you.

Please email [email protected]

#stokefoodie #foodfest2024 #FoodFestivalFun #staffsfoodanddrink #foodlover #staffordshirefoodandrink #westmidlandsfood #wearestaffs #stokefood #stonefooddrinkfest #enjoystaffordshire #staffordshirefoodanddrink #artisanfood #artisanfoods #artisanfoodproducers #streetfood #streetfoodtrucks #foodstalls #farmersmarket
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With plans well underway for the 2024 Stone Food & Drink Festival (Fri 5, Sat 6 & Sun 7 July) and the exciting news that the event will be returning to Westbridge Park, we are now putting the finishing touches to this year’s Sponsorship Packages.

If your are interested in supporting this event right at the heart of the community, and putting your business in front of an audience of thousands, we have packages and opportunities available for all budgets. 

Please email sponsors@stonefooddrink.org.uk to register your interest. 

#ourbeautifulborough #wearestaffs #stonefoodandrink #staffsfoodanddrink #stonefoodanddrinkfest #stonefooddrinkfest #stokefood #foodlover #enjoystaffordshire #foodlovers #staffordshireresturant #westmidlandsfood #staffordshirefoodandrink #community

With plans well underway for the 2024 Stone Food & Drink Festival (Fri 5, Sat 6 & Sun 7 July) and the exciting news that the event will be returning to Westbridge Park, we are now putting the finishing touches to this year’s Sponsorship Packages.

If your are interested in supporting this event right at the heart of the community, and putting your business in front of an audience of thousands, we have packages and opportunities available for all budgets.

Please email [email protected] to register your interest.

#ourbeautifulborough #wearestaffs #stonefoodandrink #staffsfoodanddrink #stonefoodanddrinkfest #stonefooddrinkfest #stokefood #foodlover #enjoystaffordshire #foodlovers #staffordshireresturant #westmidlandsfood #staffordshirefoodandrink #community
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Your festival needs YOU! 

As a not for profit, Comminuty Interest Company the Stone Food & Drink Festival relies on a small army of volunteers to make the event a success.

Whether you can spare a few hours to help set up (or break down), the whole weekend or half a day there are ways you can help - from litter picking to working the gate, supporting traders, stewarding - and many, many more roles. 

To find out more why not join us at Bod in Stone High Street for a drink, a few nibbles and an informal chat about how you could get involved and help support this great event.

Please email volunteers@stonefooddrink.org.uk to confirm attendance.

Your festival needs YOU!

As a not for profit, Comminuty Interest Company the Stone Food & Drink Festival relies on a small army of volunteers to make the event a success.

Whether you can spare a few hours to help set up (or break down), the whole weekend or half a day there are ways you can help - from litter picking to working the gate, supporting traders, stewarding - and many, many more roles.

To find out more why not join us at Bod in Stone High Street for a drink, a few nibbles and an informal chat about how you could get involved and help support this great event.

Please email [email protected] to confirm attendance.
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Happy New Year!

A huge thanks to all our visitors, traders, sponsors, volunteers & supporters… See you on 5, 6 & 7 July 2024 at Westbridge Park?

P.S. 3 day tickets are still HALF PRICE online till midnight on Mon 1 Jan 2024! 

#foodlover #staffordshireresturant #FoodFestivalFun #westmidlandsfood #ourbeautifulborough #stokefood #wearestaffs #foodfest2024 #stonefoodandrink #stonefooddrinkfest #foodiesofinstagram #stonefoodanddrinkfest #staffsfoodanddrink #westmidsfood #foodlovers #foodies #enjoystaffordshire

Happy New Year!

A huge thanks to all our visitors, traders, sponsors, volunteers & supporters… See you on 5, 6 & 7 July 2024 at Westbridge Park?

P.S. 3 day tickets are still HALF PRICE online till midnight on Mon 1 Jan 2024!

#foodlover #staffordshireresturant #FoodFestivalFun #westmidlandsfood #ourbeautifulborough #stokefood #wearestaffs #foodfest2024 #stonefoodandrink #stonefooddrinkfest #foodiesofinstagram #stonefoodanddrinkfest #staffsfoodanddrink #westmidsfood #foodlovers #foodies #enjoystaffordshire
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