Letter from Nantwich update

Team pulls out all the stops


WITH just six months to complete the task, Nantwich Food and Drink Festival Ltd - a new body set up to run the festival - is getting down to the job of providing a FREE event for the town. But unlike in previous years, where the main location was Mill Island and there were a few other activities in The Square, etc, the majority of the town centre will be the venue.

   Mill Island - which was badly damaged by the event in 2090 - won't get a look in.

   During the weekend of September 24 to 26 (Friday to Sunday), a 50-stall gourmet food venue will be staged in the Civic Hall. The monthly Farmers' Market will be in The Square just by filling its regular slot. Pubs, cafes, shops and restaurants will be holding tasting sessions and demonstrations. [For more details see What's On - General on this website.]

   Nantwich Food and Drink Festival Ltd, under the chairmanship of Nantwich Town Councillor Graham Fenton (left), comprises former committee members, Nantwich Town Councillors (including the ubiquitous Cllr Keith Cafferty), and members of Nantwich Agricultural Society - fresh from another successful Nantwich and South Cheshire Show.

   The Chairman said: "Our aim is to make Nantwich a paradise for foodies and bring thousands of people into town over a long weekend when things generally quieten down for tourism.

   "The big difference about this year's event is that it is free. We don't want cost to be an issue preventing local people from enjoying a fabulous festival and all the associated activities on their doorstep."

   The festival will be sponsored by Cheshire East Council and Mornflake (the porridge oats people). However, Cheshire East Council are said to be phasing out support over three years but let's hope - national spending cuts apart - they can be persuaded to change their mind.

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