Tickets for Staffordshire Wildlife Trust’s Food and Beer Festival on Saturday June 8 are now on sale for just £2.50 from the charity’s Wolseley Centre HQ, in Wolseley Bridge. Last year the event attracted around 2,000 visitors, who quenched their thirst with a huge choice of ales from local brewers including Slaters Ales, of Stafford, Alton-based Peakstones Rock Brewing Company, Blythe Brewery, of Lichfield, and White Shield, of Burton on Trent.
Purveyors of fine foods will also be selling their wares, including breads, pastries, pickles, chutneys and savoury eggs. Hot food is also available. Entertainment will be on tap too, with live music from a host of local bands who will perform everything from jazz to indie rock.
Wolseley Centre manager Alison Rhodes said:
“The Food and Beer Festival is always a really popular event, and is a chance to sit back and enjoy the best of our local ales and produce, as well as raising money for the county’s wildlife and wild places. People like to sit out on the grass or alternatively there is seating in a large marquee.”
In addition to encouraging visitors to sample some of Staffordshire’s finest gastronomic goodies, this year Festival-goers will be able to support the Trust’s ‘Jubeelee’ campaign to help the county’s bees by adopting a fluffy bumblebee for just £5. Families will also be able to learn about one of the best habitats for bees – flower-filled meadows – and make a bee model or mask.
Visitors can also enjoy a stroll around the Trust’s beautiful grounds, which include three lakes, nature trails and a gift shop selling toys, books, wildlife goods and homewares. Nearby, there is a craft complex, garden centre, Indian restaurant and family public house.
The festival runs on June 8 from 11am – 11pm at the Wolseley Centre – food stalls will be open until 5pm. Admission on Saturday is £4 on the day or £2.50 for an advance ticket, available from the Wolseley Centre and Westport Lake Visitor Centre. Under 16s go free.