The newest addition to the Stone Food & Drink Festival, the “Tapas Trail” was a huge success, and the winners of the event’s two competitive elements have now been announced.
Stafford Borough’s twin town Tarragona provided local accountant Bob Knight with the inspiration for the event. He has enjoyed it’s counterpart in Spain numerous times, and believed the trail would be a great addition to the Stone Food & Drink Festival programme, he approached the board and worked closely with them to bring the event to reality, kindly sponsoring it in its inaugural year.
Each of the 10 restaurants taking part in the trail served a different tapas style dish & accompanying drink every evening between Monday 26 Sept – Sat 1st Oct for just £3.50pp. The trail included The Star Inn; The Crown of India; The Crown and Anchor; The Mill Restaurant; Aston Marina; Granvilles; Little Seeds; The Royal Exchange; Let’s See and Langtry’s.
After sampling the tapas, diners filled out a score card for each of the venues, and sent in their completed cards to enter a prize draw to win a meal for two. The top scoring venue overall is awarded a Tapas Trail certificate.
This year, the winning restaurant is The Crown of India on Market Square, which served up tapas-style ‘Chicken Tika Masala with fresh green chilli and a hint of ginger’. The lucky winner of prize draw, who will enjoy a meal for two at The Crown of India, is Mrs Julie Pointon of Stone.
Festival Chairman, Richard Stevens, says: “The Tapas Trail was a real hit – we had a good number of entries and the scores showed that the standard was high across all the participating restaurants. It was a close run competition for the top spot – but The Crown of India pipped the rest to the post. It’s a great way of getting people out into town during festival week and getting them into different restaurants to sample what they can offer. We have been hugely impressed by the restaurants’ efforts and creativity – it was great to see how they came up with their own twist on tapas. We will definitely be running the Tapas Trail again next year and will be making a few alterations to the format with a view to making the event even more successful. We would like to thank Bob Knight for his support and enthusiasm in helping drive this new event forwards.”
The 2017 Stone Food & Drink Festival will take place on Friday 6, Saturday 7 & Sunday 8 October – for more details and to sign up for e-newsletter updates, visit www.stonefooddrink.org.uk