Get set for Nantwich Food Festival
27th August 2017

One of the region’s favourite events takes place this weekend when the Nantwich Food Festival kicks off with organisers promising a spectacular feast of entertainment for all the family.

Once again backed by big-name sponsors such as Mornflake, Bentley Motors, County Insurance, Hall Smith Whittingham, Cheerbrook, Aga, Engenie and Nantwich Town Council, it’s a celebration to make Cheshire proud.

Headline chef Candice Brown will bring her unique “Bake-Off” style to the festival with a series of cooking demonstrations from her recently launched book, Comfort: Delicious Bakes and Family Treats.

Clover Hudson will compare a host of other chefs in the Aga-Bentley Food Theatre, including home economist Claire Bassano and Luca Rizzotto from Romazzino restaurant in Nantwich.

Shane Guildford from South Cheshire College’s award-winning academy restaurant will also take to the hob to serve up some culinary delights.

Returning by popular demand is the high-energy show by CBeebies favourite Katy Ashworth, sure to get children involved with her captivating and magical storytelling.

This year there’s even more on offer, with Hall Smith Whittingham’s Family FunZone marquee staging dance and circus workshops, music from RedShift Radio, traditional games, crazy bubbles, face-painting fun and much more.

A BBQ grill-off sponsored by Cheerbrook Farm Shop will test amateur chefs on the coals, while a vegetable-themed cake competition will judge the most creative cooks.

The Chilli cook-off is sure to raise the temperature and could see the Nantwich heat winner jet off to the USA for the World Championships!

The Nantwich Food Festival grows in popularity and reach every year, and the market town streets will be packed with over 40,000 visitors over the late-summer weekend.

Well over 200 exhibitors from Cheshire and across the country bring fresh produce and unusual new recipes to the festival’s marquees.

Visitors can enjoy tasters, purchase their favourite food and drink products, and enjoy delicious cuisines in the bustling food courts that are located across the centre of Nantwich.

The Mr Dabber Town Trail also returns, with great prizes to be won. Visitors can collect entry forms at the Festival Office on the main square.

Entry to the Nantwich Food Festival marquees and food displays is free, with a varied programme of events, music and entertainment spread across three exciting days.

The festival takes place from Friday 1 to Sunday 3 September.

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Calling all lovely volunteers and people interested in helping us in 2018. On the 22nd March we are holding a friendly, drop-in open evening at the Bowling Green Pub, Monks Green, CW5 5DN from 19:30 onward.

You will be able to talk to other volunteers and find out which roles are available. We need people who can help us all year round and over the Festival weekend; maybe you only have a couple of hours to spare but we still need you. Nibbles and drinks will be available and lots of friendly faces to talk to.

Please come along. We all look forward to meeting you and making new friends. If you have any questions before please email and if you think you might be able to come along on the night it would be great if you can comment below. This will give us an idea for catering. With many thanks.
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Sunday afternoon saw many of the volunteers and committee members of the Nantwich Food Festival gather together at the Olive Grove conference centre. They revisited the 2017 event and as a team discussed how they could learn from it and make the 2018 show even better for visitors, exhibitors and town centre businesses alike.

Director of the event John Coulter said "It was fantastic to see so many great people join us with some wonderful ideas and support for the Food Festival. There were some fantastic discussions and we can't wait to release details of these as the events are confirmed over the next few months"

Recently the management team was pleased to welcome Councillor Andrew Martin to the committee. Former Mayor Andrew is passionate about Nantwich and sharing the word about everying the town has to offer. "It is great to be part of something that brings the whole community together and attracts over 40,000 visitors to our streets. I am looking forward to seeing how the 2018 event will build upon the great work of previous years"

Andrew is pictured here with Nantwich Food Festival Chairman Christine Farrell and John Coulter.

If you want to be kept up to date with all the latest news and entertainments booked for the show, please like the Food Festival page and follow our updates.
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