GALLERY: Crowds tuck in at Ellesmere Food and Drink Festival

Thousands of people turned out to enjoy delicious food and sample thirst-quenching ales at a town’s culinary spectacular.

GALLERY: Crowds tuck in at Ellesmere Food and Drink Festival

She is such a sweetie – Kellie Curley, from Baby Cakes, Ellesmere, with some treats outside Ellesmere Market Hall

More than 60 food producers set out their stalls at the 10th Ellesmere Food and Drink Festival, offering up a raft of tasty delights.

As well as staples of cheese, meat, ales and wine, there was also a range of different cuisine on offer including French, Indian, African, Thai and much more.

The event was held in the town hall and market hall on Saturday and yesterday.

Organiser Lincoln McMullan, who is also a member of Ellesmere Chamber of Trade and Commerce, said he had been delighted with the turnout.

He said: “It’s been really marvellous and brought a lot of people into the town to enjoy good food and drink which is great to see. Last year we welcomed about 6,000 throughout the weekend and this year we’re hoping to use Father’s Day to our advantage and we hope people will come out and enjoy what we have on offer.”

Reflecting on the past decade, Mr McMullan said it had been a joy to see the show’s popularity grow year on year.

“We were the first in the area to hold a food festival. We’ve had Oswestry, Wem and Shrewsbury follow in our footsteps and that’s great to see because it means businesses have more places to sell their goods during the year,” he said.

New stalls this year included Flavours of Africa, HelloFresh, the Flying Burrito Brothers and Pizza Cones.

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