2013 Festival Overview
The 2013 Nantwich Food and Drink Festival was a great success with over 35,000 people visiting Nantwich over the weekend. 150 high quality exhibitors attended, and while the weather was not always ideal especially on the Friday, a great time was had by all. Traders reported record sales and told us we were the Number One festival, and not just because we are a FREE festival run by volunteers.
Everyone loved the party atmosphere.
Once again, the Festival benefited from support, Mornflake continued as the main festival sponsor and many other sponsors, large and small, helped both financially and in kind. See our list of wonderful sponsor’s without whom we could not run the festival.
This year the Festival spread throughout the picturesque town of Nantwich with two large food halls, the Mornflake Food Hall (Bowling Green) and the Magenta Market Place (Church Lane) In addition the AGA Rangemaster Chef Demonstration Marquee and Reaseheath College Marquee were in the town Square. Other smaller venues were all over town.
The Man vs Burger challenge proved popular. Local butchers Clewlows and local baker Chatwins joined forces to produce huge burgers, each one weighing more than 5lb. On the day, 13 contestants lined up to aim to finish their burger in record time. With help from a DJ, Redshift Radio, Town Crier and festival volunteers, a huge crowd assembled to encourage and cheer the contestants. All in aid of Macmillans.
Ideas are already forming for 2014. Activities for children are always very popular. We had children’s cooking with Kidz Kitchen with lots of local schools joining in. A large marquee provided by the Residence Restaurant and Bar and organised by the festival included face painting, fruit kebab making, painting, puppet show, children’s zoo and many other entertainments. It attracted a constant stream. The area behind the White Horse Pub was designated a children’s entertainment area and various local businesses organised entertainment. In addition children’s entertainment was organised by local businesses.
Increasing numbers of town centre businesses joined in with the festival this year. Varied events ranged from cupcake decorating workshops, making pork pies, to beer festivals and even a truffle-eating contest. Nantwich Museum organised the ‘Nantwich Eats’ exhibition. Nantwich Players had open house and the ever popular Pudding Club at Nantwich Methodist Church had everyone visiting Hospital Street.
Restaurants, cafes and pubs promoted menus and everyone ate well!.
A large number of charities enthusiastically join the festival using the occasion to reach out to visitors. More music was organised, the music in the Bowling Green Marquee proved very popular with both visitors and exhibitors. For the first time, The Studio opened its doors during the festival; bands were employed to provide music during the daytime and to give an additional rest area for visitors.
The Festival will be back in 2014 on the 5th, 6th and 7th of September, and has all the makings of being the biggest and most ambitious festival to date, with a number of new and exciting ideas being introduced including late night shopping Friday with entertainment, music and surprises Please keep checking the website for more news as we know it!Read the Full 2013 Festival Report Here