Stone Food & Drink Festival is back again this year with even more to put your teeth into.
The festival is running for its 14th year on the first weekend of October, with lots of events happening throughout Stone ahead of the big event.
The successful community occasion saw 18,000 people going through the gates last year, with 20,000 people visiting Stone throughout the action-packed week.
Foodies won’t go hungry on the weekend of the 5, 6 and 7 October. There will be plenty of local and independent food and drink businesses attending from across the country.
Westbridge Park will host this years festival on the Southern edge of the town, opening the gates at 12 noon on Friday 5 October.
The Festivals Chairman, Richard Stevens is excited to welcome visitors to the festival, “We’ve once again been humbled by the response to our call to action from Stone’s local businesses.
“It’s fantastic to see so many keen to get involved with the event and show their support, and it all helps create a very special vibe in town during festival week.
“We hope that lots of you come into town not only for the ‘big weekend’ but to support these great local restaurants, bars, pubs and shops throughout the week – Stone has so much to be proud of!”
What to expect
There will be plenty to tickle your tastebuds, with street food flavours from across the globe, including BBQ, Mexican, British, Caribbean, Indian and Thai.
Some of the local brewery’s including Titanic and Lymestone Brewery will be celebrating Stones brewery heritage by selling their famous ale’s which you can enjoy in the Westbridge Beer garden.
If that doesn’t take your fancy there will also be prosecco, fizz, beer, fine wine, gin and cocktails. There’s also barista coffee and specialist tea’s if you need perking up after all that day drinking.
There’s lots to get involved with this year. The talks and tastings tent are offering free taster sessions of healthy food recipes and smoothies as well as gin, prosecco, beer and wine tasting.
Willmott Dixon, the lead contractor of the new Stone Leisure Centre, has sponsored the Demonstration Kitchen this year. This will give you plenty of cooking inspiration with lots of free live cookery demonstrations from top local chefs throughout the three days. Visitors can also sign up for an extended culinary masterclasses programme if you fancy challenging you inner Gordon Ramsey.
You may want to consider starting your Christmas shopping early with plenty of food and drink exhibitors in the Gourmet Marquee selling goods like cheese, condiments, pastries, sausages, sweet treats, pastries, exotic ingredients, sauces, as well as kitchen and homewares.
Of course, it’s not a festival without live music. The Tinsley Garner Live Music Stage will be playing a range of music across the weekend from talented local artists.
Kids won’t be bored as there is plenty of family fun activities. Panic Circus Big Top will be there, with Professor Panic and his clowns putting on free shows and circus skill workshops. The little foodie’s zone will offer free ‘Kiddy Cook’ sessions as well face painting and craft activities. Young visitors can keep busy following the clues of the free foodie treasure trail. You can get these from the Discover Trails’ stall in the Gourmet Marquee.
How to get there
The Aston Marina are offering a £2 park and ride service dropping you 100 yards from the festival. Accompanied under 16’s going free. The ticket will give you £1 off full entry price at the gate as well as a discount voucher to use at the Aston Marina bar and eatery. Simply follow the yellow signs directing you to the park and ride.
You can book tickets online on the Stone Food & Drink Festival website. Tickets are £6.30 pp for one day or £15.00 for a three-day pass. You can also buy cash-only tickets on the gate for £7.00 pp. Enjoy Staffordshire Card will offer £1 off pp for a maximum of two people. On Friday you can pay £3.00pp on presentation of a valid NUS or bus card.
For more information and to book your tickets for the event, go to Stone Food & Drink Festival website.