Celebrating 10 years of Staffordshire’s biggest gastronomic gathering

2014 sees Staffordshire’s original food festival celebrate its 10th year of bringing together the very best in local produce and cooking talent to delight visitors from far and wide. Now a real red letter day in the ‘foodie’ calendar, the Taste of Staffordshire supported event attracts in excess of 20,000 visitors to the charming North Staffordshire market town with a packed week-long schedule of food and drink events hosted by local pubs and businesses in addition to the ‘main event’ on the town’s Westbridge Park on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Festival Friday and Saturday see the town centre bustle with crowds visiting the High Street Farmers’ Market - where you’ll find the very best local goodies from fresh fruit and veg to meat, poultry, game, preserves - and much more.  At noon on Friday the main festival at Westbridge Park opens its gates; offering visitors the chance to discover Staffordshire’s very own food heroes in the Taste of Staffordshire area, browse stalls from some of the UK’s finest artisan producers in the Gourmet Food Marquee, enjoy informative presentations in the Talks and Tastings Tent and watch top local chefs in action in the Demonstration Kitchen. Little ones, meanwhile, will be kept entertained with a funfair and free children’s cookery classes.

If all this activity whets your appetite, there’s ready to eat food on offer to suit every taste – from filled Staffordshire Oatcakes and locally made pies through to hog roasts, gourmet burgers, exotic street food and even fine dining in the festival’s very own pop up restaurant. For beer lovers, Staffordshire brewers are out in force and the Beer Tent has a true party atmosphere with great live music – and, for those in search of a more sophisticated atmosphere, an elegant Piano bar serves wine and champagne by the glass or bottle alongside a delectable selection of cocktails.

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