The Kids Activity Programme has now been released!


This year’s festival is as family friendly as ever, with a packed schedule of free activities for foodies of all ages taking place in Congleton’s Town Centre.


While parents pick up top chef tips in the Mill Street Kitchen, kids can get creative next door in the Mill Street Kids Kitchen, trying some food sculpting with The Cheeky Chefs and picking up ideas for healthy snacks. Workshops will run at 11am, 11.45, 12.30, and in the afternoon at 2pm, 2.45 and 3.30, with a healthy treats baking demo running at 1.30pm.


The Tasty Traveller Passports will be back by popular demand, sending kids on a tasting journey of new and unusual flavours from around the world. Passports will be issued on the day at one of the three Festival Information Points, and participating stalls will give a stamp in exchange for sampling their wares – look out for the Tasty Traveller sign – and completed passports can be exchanged for a reward. Last year’s passports ran out early, so we’ve increased the number this year to give even more opportunities to take part. To help us cover the extra costs we will be charging 50p a Passport.


Circus Skills workshops courtesy of Clive Sensible will be running all day in the Place de Pique Nique (Community Gardens, Lawton Street), where kids can work off all that tasting with some plate spinning, juggling or stilt walking. There will be more activities including face painting at the Electric Picture House and the Pentecostal church in Cross Street, while roaming stilt walkers and Nick Barnes our local Magician will be supplying some on-street entertainment. Elsewhere The Plus Dane Group will have prizes up for grabs for their blindfold exotic fruit tasting, while Congleton Co-op Members Group will be encouraging healthy eating with their human fruit machine.


The icing on the cake will – literally – be a cupcake decoration competition courtesy of The Children’s Society, this year’s Food and Drink Festival nominated charity. The Children’s Society run programmes for vulnerable children in the UK, including children at risk on the streets, disabled children, young refugees, young carers or those within the youth justice system.


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