Congleton’s 9th Food and Drink Festival took place on Sunday 11th June when the Town Centre was be filled with more than 100 stalls, both local and national, offering a mouth-watering range of artisan foods and drink. Alongside this was a tempting selection of street foods from every corner of the globe.


The Town Hall ‘What’s Cooking?’, kindly sponsored by local company John Morley UK, hosted an all day programme of demonstrations and competitions and we expanded the Kid’s Kitchen with interactive cooking workshops throughout the whole day.


The menu has been put together by a partnership of Congleton Community Projects, South Cheshire College, Cheshire Learning Partnership and Eaton Bank Academy .




11.00 – 11.30      The Breast of Duck – Richard Postles

Richard is a first year Professional Cookery student at South Cheshire College and finalist at Taste of Cheshire Awards at Chester Food, Drink & Lifestyle Festival and he cooked for us that winning dish: Roast local duck breast, plum gel, red wine jus, olive oil potato puree. Yummeeeee!!


 11.45 – 12.15      The Congleton Kitchen – Frank Hilldrup

Frank has recently opened his Bistro Bar and kitchen shop in Bank Street off Lawton Street and demonstrated one of his signature dishes for your delight.


12.30 – 1.00        Decadent Desserts – Jack Edge

Jack is a first year Professional Cookery student at South Cheshire College taking on this Festival challenge by sharing with you the process of how to make a fantastic, show-stopping, Hot Chocolate Fondant – naughty but very nice!!


 1.15 – 1.45          Cooking from Scratch – Emma Nightingale

Emma is the Food Technology teacher at the Cheshire Learning partnership based in Riverside, Congleton. The Cooking from Scratch scheme offers workshops to anyone who wants to learn to cook: promoting healthy eating and improved lifestyle.


2.00 – 2.30          Final of the Congleton Food Festival Young Chef of the Year 2017

This is a new, exciting competition set up between South Cheshire College students and Eaton Bank Academy. Contestants produced a meal and dessert for under £10. The first heat took place on their home ground, the second heat took place at the College and the final cook-off was staged live in Congleton Town Hall as part of the What’s Cooking? programme.


2.45 – 3.45          Upstairs, Downstairs; The Valuations – TV personality Adam Partridge

This is  brand new to the Festival. Adam kindly offered to value interesting or quirky kitchen or dining room paraphernalia. I


All Day Servings


10.30 – 4.30

Fun in the Kids’ Kitchen

South Cheshire College Canapes

John MorleyLtd Muesli mixing

Town Hall Café and Bar

Cotton Club

Learning partnership how to basics


Side Dishes



Congleton Food and Drink Festival is organised by Congleton Community Projects and is a small team of experienced volunteers working on an entirely not for profit basis. For the outstanding quality of the stalls on offer and friendly festival atmosphere, it is comparable with many larger and more well-known commercial events.


Live music, street entertainment, Festival Fringe with contemporary craft stalls organised by the Electric Picture House and all manner of kids’ activities kept the party going with a swing.


Described by Cheshire Life as ‘Cheshire’s premier food event’, Congleton Food and Drink Festival is a celebration of high quality artisan foods produced locally and from around the world.


 Our postcards are out now. They can be found in local shops, venues and

The Tourist Information Centre.

Many thanks to Jessica Lea for this year’s great design

Pick one up and pass on to your friends.

Our new postcard

Our new postcard for 2017


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 ‘Children’s Choice Award’ – kids got a Tasty Traveller Passport and must visit designated stalls to learn about the produce and have free tastings or fun activities.

They then recorded the ones they like the best.

Last year the winning stall was Rushey Hey  Farm, well done to them.

This years winning stall will be announced shortly.


Click here for more information on the Children’s Choice Award




Extended Festival Fringe



This  ever popular Festival Fringe Art Market was hosted by the Electric Picture House. There were Art Stalls in Cross Street and Mill Street, a specially curated exhibition in the gallery, a pop up shop, music, and open studios.




Cpngleton Apple Juice

The Green Scene


Congleton had a very thriving green scene with very active Sustainability Group, Food4free group, Allotment Association, Cycling Campaign and Cycling Club. We have 9 schools with Green Flags in Congleton & District Eco cluster. We are also winners of Gold Status in Britain in Bloom

Our beautiful park and local beauty spot Astbury Mere also fly the green flag.

Learn about the new home for Congleton Apple Juice and the Congleton Community Co-op.



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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

Watch the day as it unfolded here:

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