8th Dec, 2016

Alcester Food Festival brings in the crowds

Stratford Editorial 22nd Oct, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

ORGANISERS are hailing another successful Alcester Food Festival after some 20,000 hungry visitors flocked into town.

Several stallholders sold out as eager buyers thronged to snap up fresh locally grown produce, craft beers and ciders, honey, cheeses, butter and more while hot food sellers did a roaring trade.

“Overall it was very successful,” said Frank Wood, who, after organising four food festivals, is stepping down.

“We saw a one or two things that we’d like to improve on for next time but otherwise it was very good and kept going right until our 5 o’clock finish, in fact we were trying to get people out as it was still going strong.”

The festival featured more than 100 stallholders and Frank said he hoped the town’s caf├ęs, pubs and other shops also benefited from the influx of visitors, many of whom travelled long distances to get there.

“The main reason we hold this is so that people can see that Alcester is an attractive place to visit and each time we try and improve the quality of what’s on offer with any surplus on the finances going to local charities,” said Frank.

The food festival started seven years ago having been the brainchild of Peter Pritchard and Maurice Abney-Hastings.

And with Frank now stepping down, Vaughan Blake will be taking over the running of the popular event.