Congleton Food Festival and Nantwich Food and Drink Festival

Congleton Food and Drink Festival

The Congleton Food and Drink Festival attracts some 30,000 visitors for a fun filled day of appreciation for local and international tastes. That is more than the entire population of the town, which is located just 21 miles (34 kilometres) south of Manchester. Typically staged on the second Sunday in June, the festival is organised by Congleton Community Projects and is held at Congleton's centre around the Town Hall.

The free annual festival aims to promote local produce and producers around Congleton and across Cheshire who source ingredients locally, as well as producers who rear their own animals for produce. At the same time, it attracts food and drink vendors from Staffordshire, Derbyshire, Lancashire and other nearby counties. More than 100 traders from Cheshire and further afield share their delicious creations, from pastries and desserts to British favourites and international cuisine. Fresh produce and other ingredients are also available for sale at dozens of lively and welcoming stalls.

In addition to stalls with food and drink from around the world, the festival boasts street entertainment. A Tasty Traveller Passport Challenge offers young festivalgoers entertaining activities, from magic to music and street entertainment. Children are sent on a journey to sample new flavours from around the world in exchange for stamps. Completed passports earn prizes. Each year the festival adds something new to its programme, such as a Festival Fringe Art Market that was introduced for the event's 2016 edition.

For more information about the Congleton Food and Drink Festival, visit www.foodanddrinkfestival.net.

Nantwich Food and Drink Festival

One of a few food festivals in the United Kingdom that is based entirely within a town centre, the Nantwich Food and Drink Festival celebrates local produce and introduces cuisine from around the world to a local audience. The festival features two marquees with top food and drink producers from Cheshire as well as Great Britain and abroad. The family-friendly and volunteer-run event also includes close to 200 exhibitors from all over the world, including Italy, Mexico, Germany, India, Thailand, and the United States. In addition to food and drink staff, craft stalls and artisan producers from all across the UK are also showcased.

Organised in the historic market town of Nantwich, the festival is staged in September. The town is home to a variety of independent shops that offer local and international food and drink, as well as plenty of professional caterers, restaurants, coffee shops and bars that serve tasty and delicious dishes. With narrow streets and a lively atmosphere, the town centre provides an attraction in itself during the three-day festival. Nantwich has a large collection of historic buildings, helping to make it one of the prettiest town centres in Cheshire. Transforming the town into a food and drink lovers' utopia, the food festival is staged amidst Elizabethan, Georgian and Victorian architecture, including the fourteenth-century St Mary's Church.

The Nantwich Food and Drink Festival was first organised in 2006. Held during the first weekend of September, it attracts more than 40,000 visitors over three days. The free festival has most of its stalls housed in two gourmet food halls in the heart of the town centre. There are also live music stages, street entertainment and kids' activities, as well as cookery demonstrations and tastings with local and celebrity chefs. For more information about the Nantwich Food and Drink Festival, visit www.nantwichfoodfestival.co.uk.