Gallery: Ellesmere Food & Drink Festival

Food and drink had people flocking to Ellesmere at the weekend.

The town’s annual Food Festival saw producers set out their stalls in several venues across the town.

Hundreds of people spent the day sampling the wide variety of food and drink, enjoying some summer sunshine and buying goodies for the weekend barbeques and football parties.

Two of the main venues, the market hall and town hall, were packed out with traders and visitors.

One of the stallholders in the market was local butcher, Rodney Stokes.

He said he was proud to be from Ellesmere having seen the success of the event.

“It makes me very proud to see that Ellesmere can host such a good event, with so much good quality food and produce,” he said. “Many of the stallholders are local and it is good to see that the area has so much to offer.”

Mr Stokes, who retired from his butchers shop only to come out of retirement 14 years ago to specialise in pork and other pies, said he had done a roaring trade.

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“On Saturday I sold not only the pies I had made for Saturday but also those I made for Sunday,” he said.

“It meant that instead of sitting down to watch the football on Saturday night I had to spend the night making more.”

Tori Ward from Jamie Ward’s meat product stall said they too had had an excellent day.

“Our sausages completely sold out with people buying them for their summer barbeques,” she said.

“This year we were showcasing the shop that we have opened in Holt which meant we had many more products on offer.”

Visitors could sample a wide range of drinks at the festival, from beers and ciders to spirits and coffee. Staff on the Stonehouse brewery stall said that women as well as men had been enjoying particularly the lighter, summer beers. Ellesmere resident, Rob McBride praised the organisers of the festival.

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“It is a great event for Ellesmere,” he said.

“The town was full throughout the weekend and that can only be good for the shops and the economy of Ellesmere.

“There has been such a good atmosphere in the town, a really sociable weekend, with pubs and cafes also enjoying an influx of people and some putting on music for their customers.”

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