THE DROITWICH Festival of local food, music and arts, which attracted more than 10,000 visitors to the Spa in one weekend, has been shortlisted for a prestigious accolade.
The event, which really championed local produce as 90 per cent of the 120 stalls there offered food and drink from within a 30-mile radius of Droitwich, is down to the last three in the Best Festivals and Events category of the 2014 Visit Worcestershire Awards.
Other activities during the weekend included a viking invasion by re-enactors, canal barge trips, a sausage competition, the Great Junior Bake-Off, live music and bars selling real ale and cider.
Festival organiser Patrick Smith said: “I’m absolutely thrilled about it.
“To be nominated is fantastic as there are so many great events across Worcestershire.
“I feel we have already achieved so much – we’re really chuffed.
“We will now see how we get on in the final.”
The Visit Worcestershire Awards are held as part of the Annual Tourism Conference to recognise the remarkable achievements of local businesses.
The winners will be revealed on October 22 at the Mercure Hotel Kidderminster.
Mike Ashton, the chief executive of Visit Worcestershire, said: “Tourism is the third largest industry in the county, accounting for 25,000 jobs and £538million of expenditure.
“Worcestershire has some excellent businesses in the tourism industry, which we should be proud of, and the 2014 Visit Worcestershire Awards for Excellence is the perfect opportunity to celebrate their many achievements.”
Visit www.droitwichspafestival.co.uk for more on the festival.