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Top Foody Awards for Stone Businesses

Stone Businesses scooped some of the top awards at two prestigious awards ceremonies last month. Friday, 20th October saw movers and shakers of the Staffordshire culinary scene attend a glittering ceremony at Lichfield Cathedral to mark the NFU Mutual Taste of Staffordshire Good Food Awards 2017. Stone Food & Drink Festival Chairman Richard Stevens was awarded a special Recognition within ...

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Food and Drink Festival under threat from park development

Westbridge Park

Last week we reported about the positive impact that the Stone Food and Drink festival has on the town (read here) but news from the festival organisers today paints a worrying picture for the event in 2017 and beyond. With the approval by Stafford Borough Council on the re-development of Westbridge Park, which the local town council had rejected, the ...

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First Sandon Spring Fair taking place in April

Sandon Spring Fair

The organisers of Stone Food and Drink Festival have teamed up with Sandon Hall to stage a great new event in Staffordshire’s calendar – the first Sandon Spring Fair. The event, which takes place on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th April 2016, was inspired by the hall’s summer craft fair that attracted over 1,000 visitors last year. This year, Sandon ...

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Food festival’s economic boost for Stone revealed

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

Real Ale Trail

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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Couple clock up 8,000 miles for food festival

As the Stone Food & Drink Festival marked its 10th birthday, there were probably plenty of visitors who could lay claim to having attended each and every event in its 10-year history. However, it’s unlikely that anyone has clocked up 8,000 miles in the course of travelling to the event over the past decade – like Aberdeen-based Graeme and Karen ...

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10th anniversary food festival up and running!

The Stone Food and Drink Festival got under way today (3rd October) with the cutting of a special 10th anniversary cake. Supplied by Stone’s High Street bakery Stone Baked, the cake was cut by Festival chairman Richard Stevens, town mayor Jill Piggott and Tina Clare from the bakery. Westbridge Park was bustling, with hundreds of people enjoying the sunshine and the ...

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