Dorfold Food and Drink Festival Hailed a ‘Big Success’ Despite Downpours  

Families turned out in force to sample the delights of a new food festival in Nantwich over the weekend.

MasterChef winner Eddie Scoot entertained crowds in the cookery theatre where he made lamb biryani

Dorfold Food and Drink Festival was hailed a ‘big success’ after attracting more than 3000 visitors from across Cheshire and beyond to sample all that was on offer including celebrity cookery demonstrations, live music and family entertainment.

MasterChef winner Eddie Scoot entertained crowds in the cookery theatre where he made lamb biryani
There was a full programme of music throughout the weekend

MasterChef 2022 winner Eddie Scott and Great British Bake Off celebrity Makbul Patel and chefs from local restaurants cooked up their favourite dishes in the Live Cookery Theatre while a Street Food Arena offered dishes from around the globe including Greek, Italian, Lebanese, Cuban, Turkish and Thai.

A Cheerbrook Farm Shop stand did brisk trade
Cheerbrook pies were a popular choice

An Artisan Street Market was buzzing with producers selling everything from cakes, cookies, brownies and sweets to cheese, olives, pizzas, spirits and speciality coffees.

Speciality coffees were popular

There were choices not readily available in shops such as Scandinavian pies, Italian Focaccia bread, Indian spices and jams made with foraged fruits.

Scandinavian brioche pies

A family entertainment marquee featured a variety circus acts including a magician, juggler and escapologist. Roving entertainers including comedy chefs on stilts raised a smile.

Roving entertainers including French Chefs on Stilts raised a smile
Stalls included craft and fashion

The festival was brought to Nantwich by the Johnston family from Yorkshire who are behind the award-winning Leeds Food and Drink Festival.

Festival organiser Michael Johnston takes a break with his dog

Organiser Michael Johnston, 29, was on site with his family over the weekend to welcome visitors including townspeople who walked up to the site.

After a heatwave earlier in the week, the rain came but didn’t deter visitors armed with brollies.

Eating al fresco at Dorfold Food and Drink Festival was popular despite the wet weather

He said: “It was a gamble bringing a new festival to Nantwich but we are delighted at the response from visitors.

“Despite unsettled weather they came from all over the country and were very positive about all that was on offer.

“We thank everyone for making the weekend a such big success and look forward to returning to Nantwich next year.”

Dog-owners were welcomed in their droves

Anne Moran, visiting from Stoke-on-Trent with her grandchildren, said: “There was lots for young families like fun fair rides and circus acts. The ticket prices were really reasonable too and it all felt very relaxed which is what you need when you have little ones with you.”

Signposting visitors to all the attractions across Dorfold parkland

The Nicolls family said the festival underlined their recent move to Nantwich from Yorkshire. Dad Peter said: “The fact the town has so much going on was one of the reasons we moved here and the festival was a great day out.”

The Live Cookery Theatre attracted a full house for each show including this presentation by Cakes by Noah

Dorfold Food and Drink festival will return next summer.

Listen to organiser Michael Johnston who chatted to PJ about the festival.