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Cocktail king at Stone Food and Drink Festival

Ali mixing up a mouthwatering cocktail

The UK Bartender of the Year and one of the UK’s most innovative cocktail makers will be causing a stir during this year’s Stone Food and Drink Festival. Paul Gilmore from The Wheatsheaf, and Whitebridge Wines, have both enticed Ali Reynolds back to Staffordshire to showcase his abilities. Ali, who can be found on Instagram as @alicampari, a former student of Staffordshire’s ...

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‘Oatcakes and Milkshakes’ cafe opening in Stone

Footstep Oatcakes and Milkshakes

Freshly-made oatcakes, milkshakes and ice creams – what a combination! And they’ll all be served up at a new cafe opening in Stone soon. ‘Oatcakes and Milkshakes’ will be opening in the former Footstep shoe shop in Stafford Street. As well as freshly-made oatcakes on the premises, the cafe will also house a milkshake bar and ice cream parlour. There will ...

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Foodie fun for the whole family at Stone Food & Drink Festival!

Kiddy Cook_courtesy of Martin Robinson

The 2015 Stone Food & Drink Festival is set to offer even more for families this year with some great new attractions at Westbridge Park, including a circus big top with puppet shows, workshops and more. Alongside old favourites like the demonstration kitchen, the Talks & Tastings Tent and stalls from 100 artisan producers, there are some exciting new additions to the ...

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Aston Marina and Lymestone Brewery have ‘Great Taste’!

Aston Marina's award-winning chefs: Earnie Totton, Andy Stewart, Tom Harrison, Jack Newport and Andy Pickstock

Dishes created by the chefs behind Aston Marina’s renowned bistro, and five bottled beers from Lymestone Brewery, have been awarded stars in the 2015 Guild of Fine Foods’ Great Taste Awards – the benchmark for the finest food and drink in the land. The Marina’s salmon, prawn and dill fishcake and chocolate tiffin both underwent blind taste testing under a judging ...

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Food festival’s economic boost for Stone revealed

Photo by Phil Mitchell

Stone Food and Drink Festival generated over half-a-million pounds of economic activity in the town at last year’s event. A survey of visitors to the 2014 festival by Staffordshire University estimates that it generated a total net spend of around £567,000. This was money spent directly at the festival – at the farmers’ market and at Westbridge Park – but also in Stone ...

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Tickets available now for the Midsummer Real Ale Trail

Stone Food & Drink Festival commmittee members and Lymestone Brewery's Viv and Ian Bradford (L-R) Adam Jones, Viv Bradford, Ian Bradford, Rob Ball and Antony Lucas

One long night, six great pubs – the Midsummer Real Ale Trail is almost upon us! Following the popularity of last year’s trail to celebrate the summer solstice, the team behind the Stone Food and Drink Festival has organised another evening of beer-themed festivities, taking in the sights and sounds of watering holes around Stone’s outlying villages, with chauffeured transport ...

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Kris uses his loaf!


ALBOS’s Kris Grainger is aiming to encourage novice bakers to get creative in the kitchen, with a series of informative classes beginning shortly. Under the moniker Breadheads and Doughnuts, over the coming weeks, Kris will be leading a series of fun baking classes, suitable for everyone regardless of ability and experience. The first class takes place on Friday 1st May ...

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