A look ahead to the Nantwich Food and Drink Festival - September 6-8th 2013

PUBLISHED: 00:26 05 September 2013

Nantwich town crier John Parsons takes on the Mount Vesuvius pasta-eating challenge staged by Romazzino Italian Restaurant

Nantwich town crier John Parsons takes on the Mount Vesuvius pasta-eating challenge staged by Romazzino Italian Restaurant

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Over 30,000 lovers of good food and drink will be heading to the town over the weekend of September 6th -8th

Nantwich butcher Charles Clewlow (centre) had visitors queuing up Pepper Street for his burgers last yearNantwich butcher Charles Clewlow (centre) had visitors queuing up Pepper Street for his burgers last year

Bad news if you live in Nantwich and you’re on a diet. For the town is fast becoming a foodie capital.

Hot on the heels of the International Cheese Show – part of Nantwich Show – comes Nantwich Food and Drink Festival. Run by a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to pushing the town even further up the culinary league tables, the festival last year attracted more than 30,000 people to Nantwich.

This year’s festival is held over the weekend of September 6-8 and visitors can enjoy gastronomic delights on sites and in shops right across the town.

This year’s crowd-puller will include a massive food emporium on the Church Lane car-park, filled with delicacies and drinks from around the globe.

Another huge marquee, the Mornflake Food Hall, will be sited on the former bowling green, where a food court will also offer traditional and unusual take-away foods such as ostrich and zebra burgers as well as fajitas, samosas, noodles and goulash.

Also new this year will be a family marquee offering a packed programme of family entertainment and activities at Residence restaurant on Mill Street.

After its successful launch last year, the town square will be the venue for a seated Food Theatre where chefs from top restaurants will show off their skills on a specially-installed stage provided by Aga Rangemaster.

Entry to all the marquees is free of charge.

Crewe-based oat and breakfast cereal producer Mornflake is now the major sponsor of the festival.

‘A great slice of funding used to come from Cheshire East Council but that cash support has now dried up, making Mornflake’s sponsorship an absolute lifeline this year,’ says festival chairman Deborah Robb. ‘The festival helped to generate some £2m income for the town centre in 2012 and thanks to Mornflake, Nantwich can look forward to another fantastic weekend. Everyone on the festival committee, and I know many town traders, are deeply grateful for this generous support which has allowed the festival to go-ahead.’

Festival-goers will be encouraged to vote in a competition to find to best cup of coffee to be had in Nantwich, a town with at least 25 places to get a decent coffee.

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