On Sunday 12th June 2016 was Congleton’s 8th Food and Drink Festival and all went well on this special day. Despite the odd shower, people still flocked to the town to visit over 100 dedicated food and drink produce stalls. They enjoyed the live music, street entertainment and a great range of global street food.
What’s Cooking? in the Town Hall
Martin Webster our specialist host, was our Maitre D’ for the day’s menu:
11.00 – 11.30am Morely’s Moreishly
11.45 – 12.15pm Open Junior Omelette Challenge
12.15 Presentation to the winner of the junior omelette challenge
12.30 – 1.00pm – Chicken Surprise
1.00 – 1.50pm Kids’ Kitchen Making Baking and Decorating
2.00 – 2.30 Summer Delight pudding to tickle your tastebuds
2.45 – 3.15 Omelette Challenge
3.15 Presentation of the coveted Omelette Challenge trophy
3.30 – 4.00pm Passion for Pastry
New for this year
Not forgetting some of our old favourites
What’s Cooking in the Town Hall?
Mmm -Moreish medley of food and drink delights; all kicked off at 10.30 there was a full programme of demos, including hands on activities in the Kid’s Kitchen, plus the return of the Omelette Challenge throughout the day. All sponsored by John Morley Ltd.
This year we had a new exciting activity for children – it was be their chance to vote for the ‘Children’s Choice Award’ as they visited the many and varied stalls they recorded which ones they liked the best. The winning stall will receive a certificate very shorthy.
Fun in the kitchen for children. Many childern came and tried making their own breakfast and enjoyed many more fun things to do like making flapjacks, decorating cup cakes and modelling all sorts of creations with fondant icing.
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Extended Festival Fringe
We had many visitors at the ever popular Festival Fringe Art Market, hosted by the Electric Picture House. There were be Art Stalls, exhibitions, a pop up shop, music, open studios and much more, all happening in Cross Street and Mill Street.
Festival food and Fun
This year we hosted a wide range of stalls selling top quality and award winning produce and a fabulous range of global street food, some regulars and many new visitors to the Festival – all bringing interesting and delicious produce to try. Check the stallholders page for a list of this year’s participants.
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There was, as always the best in street entertainment, music and plenty to do, fun for all the family. The well loved local jazz band Beartown Stompers and brilliant gypsy folk music from Skutch Manos
The Green Scene
Visitors found out about a everything Eco friendly, Food4free, local allotment news, Eco Trusts etc. ‘Do you know the Apple?’
Learn about the new home for Congleton Apple Juice and the Congleton Community Co-op.
On yer bike
Staying on a green theme, some people cycled to this years festival “on YOUR bike” and made use of the safe bike parking at the bottom of Moody Street. Organised by the Congleton Cycling Campaign.
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Local film maker, Paul Millican, made a video of our Festival in 2012. Paul is now a professional video maker so we were very glad to have had him on board back then when he worked with us as a volunteer
For information on the Festival and other future events contact us on 01260 270908 or