PICTURE SPECIAL - Droitwich Spa Food and Drink Festival draws in the crowds - The Droitwich Standard
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12th Aug, 2022

PICTURE SPECIAL - Droitwich Spa Food and Drink Festival draws in the crowds

THIS YEAR’S Droitwich Food and Drink Festival has been hailed a success after hundreds turned out during the Saturday and Sunday.

Droitwich Mayor George Duffy enjoys cider and chips with friends. Picture by Marcus Mingins 2622004MMR4 copyright Bullivant Media

Visitors to the Lido Park had the chance to browse more than 100 stalls selling everything from cakes to pies, pickles to bread and everything else in between.

Enjoying a slice of pizza. Picture by Marcus Mingins 2622004MMR6 Bullivant Media

Expert chefs created signature dishes using the freshest of ingredients in the Love Food Roadshow kitchen theatre and Churchfields shared the story of Droitwich Spa Salt and how they brought the region’s production back to life.

Harry Calvert brings his Ginger Beard’s Preserves to Droitwich. Picture by Marcus Mingins 2622004MMR2 copyright Bullivant Media

There were also activities for children, including inflatables, face painting, bumper cars and chariot racing, and live music from Sing and Tonic, Knight and Hodgetts, Jazz Alchemy, The Stourport Brass Band and much-loved cover band Come Together who played hits from the 1960s to the present day.

Sing and Tonic add their voices to the festival. Picture by Marcus Mingins 2622004MMR7 copyright Bullivant Media

The festival was opened by Droitwich’s MP Nigel Huddleston, Wychavon Chairman Coun Alex Sinton and Mayor of Droitwich Coun George Duffy.

Jody Bate enjoys a pot of tea. Picture by Marcus Mingins 2622004MMR1 copyright Bullivant Media

Wychavon District Council provided a grant to support the event. Support has also been provided by Worcestershire County Council and local businesses including Ballards LLP, Brown and Fincher Ltd, Liberty Leisure, Nicol and Co, Ormerod Rutter and Sanders Fitness.

Crowds flock to the festival. Picture by Marcus Mingins 2622004MMR5 copyright Bullivant Media

Coun Duffy said: “I thought the festival was a spectacular use of the Lido Park – I have never seen so much of Droitwich all in one place.

Volunteer Christine Nutter and the hamper prizes. Picture by Marcus Mingins 2622004MMR8 copyright Bullivant Media

“The way it was organised meant there were two big social spaces which meant it did not get too crowded for people.

Family, friends and food. Picture by Marcus Mingins 2622004MMR10 copyright Bullivant Media

“It was also good that 90 per cent of the businesses which had stalls came from within 30 miles of Droitwich.

Having a rest. Picture by Marcus Mingins 2622004MMR3 copyright Bullivant Media

“I spoke to producers from Malvern, Cheltenham, Worcester and Birmingham and afterwards the feedback we received was excellent.”

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