Well, yet another wonderful weekend at this year’s Oswestry Food and Drink Festival. The sun shone, the sights and smells of food wafted the air, the public came in their thousands and a jolly two days was had by all.
There is something really heartwarming when you see the streets of Oswestry buzzing with people, busy having a great time.
Saturday was heaving – I think some of the new exhibitors were somewhat overwhelmed by the sheer amount of people and buying going on – worried looks at stocks and home to make more seemed to be the message.
Sunday was much more relaxed, with strolling couples, families and yet again, a rather lovely parade of dogs and their humans through the day. Little Red Bird gave a great acoustic performance at lunchtime and the music was taken up by the Reggae in the Park, as people grabbed picnics and drinks and headed off for an afternoon of chillin’ dub.
We welcomed a few new exhibitors this year – the most local being Greenfeast – a new vegetarian and vegan popup café and caterer from Glyn Ceiriog and Hannah’s Gluten Free Goodies from Whittington with a mouthwatering array of wheat free cakes and biscuits.
From further afield ( but not that much) was Woodlands Ice Creams from Erbistock, with some really amazing ice cream – my favourite being the mango and lime; Mug Run Coffees from Rhyl, whose owner, Tim Parry is quite possibly one of the nicest people I’ve ever met and Just Add – who did a roaring trade through the day selling a brilliant concept – concentrated sauces that you added to cream or crème fraiche. We used the Madeira and Caramelised Onion Sauce to add to our rather lovely Treflach Farm Sausages for tea.
It was a pleasure to see our exhibitors who have been with us since the first festival – Chrissie from Temptations and her really really gorgeous cakes, Monkhide Wines, Chirk Trout and Radfords Fine Foods (with their rather delicious new range of pies). Coopers Gourmet Sausage Rolls had a belter of a weekend – selling over 1500 Gourmet Sausage Rolls!
A big thank you to our volunteers Tony, Julie Leoni and son Matty , and Peter for their stewarding skills, the Fabulous Fuschia Femmes (Jools and Kate) for wommaning the festival stand, Barry ‘Bazmatron’ for his brill vid and, as always, to Dave Clough, Chris and the Town Council Mean Green Team for the absolutely sterling work putting up and taking down all those stalls.
See you next year!
(picture - original picture from Hyperbole and a Half)
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