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Businesses celebrate at Nantwich Food Awards

3rd November 2017

The Nantwich Food Awards were staged last week at the town’s Civic Hall, with a Gala celebration of local businesses that have delivered outstanding products and services to customers.

Local food and drink lovers voted online in their thousands in recent months to select the best eateries, speciality producers and customer service champions.

The awards recognise businesses that promote the South Cheshire region, and follows the annual Food Festival that brings over 40,000 visitors to Nantwich every September.

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.

Family FunZone unveiled for Nantwich Food Festival
4th August 2017

The Nantwich Food Festival is gearing up to offer families and children a fabulous experience with Hall Smith Whittingham’s Family FunZone marquee set to delight all ages.

Additional sponsorship by the Cheshire legal firm has enabled festival committee members to create an exciting programme of activities for the anticipated 40,000 visitors.

The new marquee will be located near HSW’s Nantwich office by Market Street, hosting a range of exhibits and entertainment under cover, and on the firm’s nearby lawns.

Home comforts at Nantwich Food Festival
22nd July 2017

TV chef and Sunday Times columnist Candice Brown will bring her unique style to this year’s Nantwich Food Festival when she cooks up some home comfort classics with a twist.

The headline chef was the 2016 winner of BBC series The Great British Bake-Off.

A lover of everything vintage, the style icon has developed a huge following that loves her vibrant range of lipsticks and her wickedly infectious laugh.

Countdown to Nantwich Food festival is on!
13th July 2017

Local, national and international companies are once again supporting Nantwich Food Festival that is preparing for another record-breaking weekend later this summer.

The countdown to September’s festival started in earnest this week when key sponsors joined festival directors and Nantwich Mayor, Cllr Penny Butterill, for a formal photograph in the town centre.

Legal firm becomes marquee sponsor
20th June 2017

Nantwich boasts a diverse range of businesses, and this is reflected in the incredible support enjoyed by the Nantwich Food Festival. This year, we are delighted to welcome Hall Smith Whittingham Solicitors as one of the marquee sponsors.

Sponsorship of the Dysart Marquee at the Nantwich Food Festival gives everyone at HSW the opportunity to engage with thousands of visitors who flock to our picturesque market town. Like the other sponsors, event organisers and volunteers, they will offer a welcoming smile to everyone who arrives to enjoy the special atmosphere generated by the festival.

Voting opens for popular Nantwich Food Awards
12th June 2017

Categories for this year’s Food Awards linked to the prestigious Nantwich Food Festival have been revealed, and online voting is now open.

The awards give the public an opportunity to vote for their favourite local eateries, retailers and producers that champion the diverse range of food offered in Nantwich and the surrounding Cheshire area.

Nigel Brown will party in the festival kitchen!
27th April 2017

Nantwich Food Festival has seen some flamboyant chefs over the years, but this September visitors to the event’s much-loved food theatre will enjoy a party in the kitchen!

Celebrated chef Nigel Brown will entertain food fans during a packed weekend, with a range of tasty recipes that he hopes will encourage people to start cooking themselves.

Popular Mornflake Food Hall to return to Nantwich Food Festival
24th April 2017

Mornflake has announced it will be a sponsor and exhibitor at the 2017 Nantwich Food Festival, where it will open the Mornflake Food Hall on the Bowling Green car park.

This will be the 10th year Mornflake has been a major sponsor of the Nantwich Food Festival.

Hosting the UK Chilli Cook-Off Championships
9th April 2017

The UK Chilli Cook-off Association is searching for teams or individuals to compete in the 2017 UK Chilli Cook-off Championships at the Nantwich Food Festival on Saturday 2nd September 2017!

All you have to do is cook a gallon of fantastic chilli from scratch, using uncooked ingredients in a four hour period.  Your chilli will then be judged by a panel of experts!  The chilli with the highest score wins a cash prize and qualification for the UK final at the fantastic Upton Cheyney Chilli Festival on Sunday, September 10th 2017, with a top prize of £1000 on offer to the UK grand final winner!

Huge cheer for Cheshire’s finest
7th April 2017

The Nantwich Food Festival is delighted that Cheerbrook will support this September’s event as one of the marquee sponsors based in the heart of historic Nantwich town centre.

The much-valued backing provided by prominent Cheshire businesses means that the festival grows each year and offers the local community something to be truly proud of.

TV Chef on Menu for Nantwich Food Festival
29th March 2017

Nantwich Food Festival once again welcomes a top TV chef to its food theatre this September as the popular Cheshire event gears up for another record-breaking weekend.

This year’s headline chef is Candice Brown, the 2016 winner of BBC series The Great British Bake-Off. A lover of everything vintage, the stylish chef will delight fans with her passion for sumptuous, decadent food.

Mr Dabber Town Trail Winners
21st August 2016


The Mr Dabber Town Trail was a great success at the Food Festival. Visitors keenly followed the trail throughout the town centre to finish in Pepper St,  All businesses that participated in the trail kindly donated prizes ranging from a basket of wine from Rodney Densem Wines to a family tool kit from GFC Hardware. There were 12 prizes in total; winners ranged in age from 4 to adult, and all were delighted to have won a prize. The organisers of the Nantwich Food Festival appreciate the support received from these businesses:
Family FunZone
30th August 2016

A brand NEW area for this year is the Family FunZone that we are sure you will love.
Check out numbers 10 & 11 on the festival map; just look out for the big London bus! (Area 11 is not open on Friday).

It’s a great mix of chill-out refreshment zone for adults to linger with delicious food and drinks: think canapés and Pimms, Italian coffee and strawberries & cream.


Ready, steady, cook!
30th August 2016

Over 40,000 visitors are expected to flock to the Nantwich Food Festival this weekend with organisers promising the biggest and best event yet.

This year’s festival will feature 200 exhibitors, delicious food tastings, wonderful street entertainment and celebrity chef demonstrations – all FREE to see.

Food Festival set to break records
29th August 2016

The Nantwich Food Festival is set to smash records yet again with over 200 exhibitors and stall holders signed up for the September event.
The annual food spectacular is now based entirely in the town centre, giving easy access to exhibitions, food demonstrations and entertainment to an estimated 40,000 visitors.
Space at this year’s festival has proved incredibly popular, and organisers have announced that companies will be travelling from as far away as Scotland and Ireland to exhibit.

St Mary’s joins festival spirit
10th August 2016

SponsorsNantwich Food Festival committee members teamed up with local sponsors this week for a daring photo shoot at St Mary’s church.

Sponsors from a wide range of Cheshire businesses have once again backed the popular food festival that now brings over 40,000 visitors to Nantwich in early September.

Local photographer Paul Compton climbed up onto St Mary’s Church roof to take an artistic image of the group assembled below in the shape of a “F”

Food Festival wins big name support
10th August 2016

Mornflake SponsorMORNFLAKE is celebrating another year as major sponsor of the Nantwich Food Festival.

The breakfast company will have a high profile at the event taking place over the weekend, September 2-4, when it unveils the Mornflake Gourmet Food Hall on the Bowling Green car-park. More than 30,000 foodies visited the Food Hall last year as one of the many attractions over the weekend.

Bongo’s Rock & Roll Chilli Pickles
9th August 2016

Bongos4Nantwich’s reputation for boutique shops bursting with hand-crafted local products made by artisan entrepreneurs continues to grow. It’s a deserved crown, especially when you consider the incredible array of food and drink on offer. Such unique fayre is personified by Bongo’s Rock & Roll Chilli Pickles, one of the exhibitors at this September’s Nantwich Food Festival.

Bongo’s name itself is enough to intrigue most browsers, but add a riotous splash of packaging colour and a showbiz couple at the helm and you have all the ingredients to set taste buds racing.

Nantwich Food Festival needs you!
19th juLY 2016

The annual event is run Nantwich Food Festival volunteers in 2015 (small, 2)The Nantwich Food Festival takes place in early September, and the festival committee is calling for volunteers to help manage events during the busy weekend.

The Nantwich Food Festival takes place in early September, and the festival committee is calling for volunteers to help manage events during the busy weekend. The annual entirely by volunteers, and anyone interested in helping out this year is invited to attend a Volunteer Open Evening at Aroma Café Bar in Nantwich on Thursday 28th July, starting at 6pm.

Vote for your favourite food and drink outlets.
14th june 2016

Preparations for September’s popular Nantwich Food Festival are well under way, and the nominations for this year’s Food Awards have been revealed.

The annual awards are a chance for the public to vote for their favourite local outlets that champion delicious produce from Nantwich and the surrounding Cheshire area.


The showpiece presentation evening that recognises the excellence of local businesses is now in its sixth year.

Food Festival Director Roger Mills is delighted how the awards have developed. He said: “The awards salute the establishments which help to create a positive vibe about Nantwich. These businesses showcase our beautiful town and support the local economy by drawing visitors from a wide area.”

The six categories are: restaurant (including hotel restaurant), pub with food, cafe or coffee shop, beer champion, food and drink retailer (based in Nantwich town centre), and food and drink retailer in the wider Nantwich area.

The prestigious awards acknowledge local suppliers that contribute to the incredible array of independent artisan food and drinks available around Nantwich. Many of the nominees will also have stalls at this year’s Food Festival in September.

Six lucky members of the public can also enjoy a prize. Anyone who votes for the winner of each category will be entered into a draw to win a £40 voucher to spend at that outlet.

Voting for this year’s awards closes on 10th September, with a gala awards night scheduled to take place at Nantwich Town Football Club on Sunday 2nd October.

Former mayor joins Nantwich Food Festival as chairman.
5th May 2016

A former mayor has joined the Nantwich Food Festival board of directors as preparations hot up to stage this year’s event.

Christine Farrall, Nantwich mayor from 2014-15, joins existing directors John Coulter and Roger Mills.


She has also been appointed chairman of the festival, replacing Deborah Robb who has worked tirelessly to raise the profile of the annual event. Graham Fenton also steps down as finance director this year, having made an invaluable contribution over a number of years.

Christine said: “I feel very honoured to have been asked to chair the food festival. However, to follow Deborah will be very difficult indeed. But the organisation is run very professionally by a team of able volunteers, so I am in safe hands.”

Last year, the three-day celebration of food and drink generated in excess of £2m for the Nantwich and wider South Cheshire economy.

This year’s event, which takes place from September 2-4, has already received more than 170 confirmed bookings, many from local food producers including Mornflake and Cheerbrook Farm Shop.

Christine added: “I’m a local girl who is passionate about our town prospering as a shopping and tourist centre. I come from three generations of shopkeepers, so I know first-hand just how hard independent retailers have to work, just to keep afloat.”

The Friday of the festival has been designated as a ‘family day’ this year. There will be children’s activities, live music, family-friendly entertainment and a series of cooking demonstrations.

As revealed in the Chronicle earlier this year, the day will also host Great British Bake-Off 2015 winner Nadiya Hussain who will showcase a range of dishes.

Saturday will showcase talented, local chefs. And on the Sunday, Jean-Christophe Novelli will wow crowds with his culinary expertise, giving tips on how to cook delicious healthy dishes which are simple to recreate.

It’s Going To Be Baking In Nantwich This September.
4th April 2016

With the celebrity chefs we have lined up to appear at this year’s Nantwich Food Festival in September, you can expect to see some hot, sizzling cooking demonstrations at what promises to be the best festival yet!

Dates for the diary – 2nd, 3rd and 4th September 2016. The Nantwich Food Festival is one of the largest events of its kind in Europe and this year it will be featuring a famous chef who everyone who knows anything about food will recognise!

Jean Christophe Novelli

No international food festival would be complete without some French cooking and one of the best people to demonstrate this is Michelin award winning chef, Jean Christophe Novelli.

The celebrity chef first came to national attention in the hit show Hell’s Kitchen more than a decade ago and despite his no nonsense treatment of the contestants, he still left a lasting impression on viewers.

He is keen to promote healthy cooking and you can expect his demonstrations to continue with the theme of using less of the kind of ingredients which can have an impact on health.

Jean Christophe comments: “I am delighted to be attending the Nantwich food festival this year. I look forward to meeting the local people and businesses. My demonstrations will be packed with top tips on how to cook delicious healthy dishes which are simple to recreate. I am excited to show how you can cut out salt, sugar and saturated fats without compromising on flavour.”

Jean Christophe Novelli will be headlining on Sunday.

All Eyes On Nantwich… Nantwich is one of the most picturesque towns in North West England and each year it provides the perfect venue for an event that attracts 40,000 visitors and over 200 exhibitors making it a major attraction for the region in September.

Every year offers something for all the family so you don’t necessarily need to be a foodie to enjoy a great weekend of entertainment.

One of the great things about this food festival is the fact it takes place in the town itself, so you not only get to experience three full days of entertainment and cooking demonstrations but also the beautiful historic town which has a history stretching back to Roman times.

For anyone who has yet to visit the town, this year’s Nantwich Food Festival should offer the perfect excuse to explore and have a look around an array of independent shops and cafes.

And it’s free to enter… They say you don’t get anything for free these days but the Nantwich Food Festival costs nothing to enter so why not bring the whole family along to enjoy some fine late summer entertainment, food and drink this year?

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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 volunteers@nantwichfoodfestival.co.uk 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.

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The Nantwich Food Festival team is now working hard behind the scenes designing and building the 2018 show! We have had some great feedback over the years and we are striving to make this the best event ever.

The show grows every year and it brings more people into our town. The Festival team want to make sure that as it continues to evolve, it still remains true to the original objectives of a fun, free event for the whole family that celebrates food and drink of all kinds.

It is very much a community event so we need even more feedback; from you. What would you love to see at the Food Festival? Which aspects do you really enjoy? Are there any areas that you think we need to consider to make it even better?

We want to hear from visitors, local retailers, exhibitors, experienced food event visitors; in fact any constructive comments would be fantastic to receive. Let's work together to make it amazing for everyone.

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