This year’s festival is well worth a visit! With plenty on offer you’ll find the hours soon whittle away tasting free samples and watching cooking demonstrations.
The main events of the festival takes place at Westbridge Park and is packed with an abundance of cheese, wine, beer, cakes, the usual hot food stalls like burgers and baps but also a few more unusual stalls like paella, The National Trust, Caribbean food and a pop-up restaurant and piano bar.
The festival was founded in 2004 with the first taking place the following year, in 2005 and it continues to attract plenty of local businesses like Titanic Beer, Foley’s Oatcakes, The Lewis Partnership and of course Taste of Staffordshire. But the festival also sees many businesses from further afield taking part.
You’ll also see live music, talks, tastings and live cookery demonstrations on the hour, every hour throughout the three-day festival.
With Christmas approaching you’re also bound to find a few presents amongst the tables of goodies and leave with a few treats in hand for yourself.
Don’t forget to visit our stand, say hi and treat yourself to a £1.50 goodie bag filled with sweets, crisps, chocolate, Staffordshire Newsletter, Staffordshire Life and The Sentinel as well as discount vouchers all worth £10!
Take a look at our video of Friday's events below:
Stone food facts
Did you know that Hovis bread was actually invented by a Stone man named Richard ‘Stoney' Smith (1836-1900).
The world's biggest gooseberry was grown there in 1842 by John Flower. It weighed 37 pennyweights and seven grains which remained an record unbroken for just over a hundred years.
Today sees the start of Stone Food and Drink Festival’s main events at Westbridge Park – but there is plenty to see and taste in the rest of the town too.
All day: The Mystery Ale Trail, taking place at The Pheasant, The Talbot, Langtry's, The Royal Exchange, The Red Lion, The Swan, The Star and The Three Crowns.
9am: The two-day festival farmers’ market started in Stone High Street this morning and will continue tomorrow, again from 9am.
12pm: The main festival grand opening in Westbridge Park.
12pm - 6pm: Piano Bar open at The Pop up in the Park.
12pm - 4.30pm: Deli counter open at The Pop up in the Park.
12pm – 3.30pm: Lavish Lunches served at the Pop up in the Park.
1pm: Murphy’s Marbles live at the outdoor music stage at Titanic Beer Tent 1pm: Oatcake baking at Oat Cuisine.
2pm: Cookery demonstrations begin in the Demonstration Marquee. Chefs begin on the hour, every hour, starting with Mike Hughes and David Delauney (Stafford College in conjunction with Stafford Borough Council).
2.30pm: Events in the Talks and Tastings Tent begin with Cocktail Secrets.
3pm: Allan Jones and Dominic Faulk (Head Chefs – The Terrace Restaurant, Keele Hall and The Comus Restaurant, Keele University) in the Demonstration Marquee.
3pm: Murphy’s Marbles live at the outdoor music stage at Titanic Beer Tent 3pm: Oatcake baking at Oat Cuisine.
3.30pm: Wine can match Indian Food at the Talks and Tastings Tent.
3.30 – 5.30pm: The Todfather takes centre stage in the Titanic Beer Tent as tribute act The Paul Weller Experience plays two 45 minute sets.
4pm: Pete Rowley (Foodie and Food Writer for the Uttoxeter Voice) in the Demonstration Marquee.
4.30pm: The Hop Effect at the Talks and Tastings Tent.
5pm: Mike Hughes and David Delauney (Stafford College in conjunction with Stafford Borough Council) in the Demonstration Marquee.
5.30pm: Gin O’Clock! at the Talks and Tastings Tent.
6pm: Murphy’s Marbles live at the outdoor music stage at Titanic Beer Tent 6pm – 7pm: Free Pint Quiz at the Swan Inn.
6pm: Food and drink quiz at Langtry’s.
9pm: The Jake Henry Band at Granvilles.