Oswestry Food and Drink Festival – What a great weekend
14th July 2014
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Well, Oswestry, what a great weekend that was.   I reckon it was the busiest festival we’ve had so far, and by far the best.  
 
As usual on the Saturday the exhibitors were still setting up when a steady tsunami of eager customers started pouring down the New Street, Cross Street and Bailey Street and by 11 O’clock it was heaving – and pretty much stayed that way all Saturday, with Sunday being a more promenady affair, with families out with children and dogs just having a great time.
 
I’m always chuffed by the quality of our local exhibitors and feel extremely proud that so many people (in the thousands) turned up over the weekend to sample the best we have to offer.  
 
And there was so much to offer, from ciders, wines and beers (Stonehouse Brewery hardly drew breath I think) local meat and cheeses - a  huge thank you to Radfords Fine Foods for their constant good humour and smiley faces as well as possibly the nicest Smoked Bacon Ciabatta (Radfords Smoked Bacon and Swifts artisan Ciabatta) i’ve been lucky to taste ever.
 
The lovely Nerys (now famous as the poster girl of the festival) and Rachael at Chirk Trout could hardly be seen all day for the crowds round their lovely fresh fish and pates and Llynclys Hall Farm Shop were exhuberantly abundant with locally grown fresh vegetables and fruit and farmhouse eggs and butter.
 
Lydia’s Cupcake Heaven  were , again, outstanding with their utterly beautiful cupcakes on their fabulous stall.
They and all our exhibitors did us proud this year.  
 
TNS in the Park on Saturday was a huge success  and I know that the Sunday Reggae in the Park was great – as people bought the delicious street food and headed off to the park to chill.(Gillhams and Coopers Gourmet Sausage Rolls seemed to be a prime favourite, as were the Crumperies' Crepes) .
 
A huge thank you goes to Dave Clough, Chris and the Dream Green Team at Oswestry Town Council for the backbreaking work involved in getting all the stalls up and down, with such good humour, and to P&S Electricals for making sure the power supplies ran smoothly.
 
This year, we had as usual, our smashing volunteers Kate Allan and Tony Cheetham – who always give their time so good naturedly  and generously.  We also had a host of new volunteers -  who very capably looked after the traffic management on New Street and ....., who co ran the festival stall and were busy promoting the exciting 2015 National Eisteddfod of Wales  which is coming to Meifod in 2015.
 
And the sun shone and it was all wonderful...................
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Isabelle W

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Charmed to my boots by Oswestry and the Welsh Marches. I happily do my best to support the fantastic independent shops and businesses in the area through The Best of Oswestry.

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