The annual Food and Drink Festival at Nantwich takes place in early September, and it has been steadily gaining popularity and publicity. Last year’s Festival was a roaring success, with an estimated crowd of well over 30,000 visitors generating about £2 million for Nantwich tradespeople. The Festival had been taken over by new organisers and moved from Mill Island to the town centre, with free admission for guests.
This year’s Festival is set for the weekend of September 6th through 8th, and even though funding is a bit iffy, the planners intend to go for another record turnout. One of the main sponsors , Cheshire East Council, reached the end of its three-year sponsorship deal, but others such as the Nantwich Town Council and Mornflake are helping to take up the slack, and it is hoped that more donors will come forward with more funding.
Deborah Robb, head of the not-for-profit organisation, said that even though Cheshire East isn’t able to help with funding, they’ve helped in other important aspects such as allowing Festival marquees in the town centre car parks that would normally bring in parking fees. She added that Festival organisers are very keen to attract more funding, and it’s to the advantage of the whole area to make the event a real community effort.
In 2012 a general survey indicated that almost every visitor to the Festival (97% of those responding) had a great time, and more than three fourths said they’d definitely come back again. Those who do return can expect at least much enjoyment; the idea is to eat, drink and be merry, and there will be ample opportunities to do so.
Nantwich Civic Hall will be turned into the Gourmet Food Hall, with more than 50 stalls offering the best of food and drink both from local sources and from across the UK and Europe. There will be music, dancing and theatre presented by local performers, shops offering samples and demonstrations plus top quality merchandise discounted for festival-goers. It’s a town-wide all-weekend party, and the more the merrier.