Time running out to grab a piece of the cheese

Cheese-and-Ale(1)Businesses wanting to take a stand at an inaugural festival in Stafford will need to be quick.

Less than a handful of stands now remain for exhibitors for the town’s first ever Cheese and Ale Festival in May.

Residents and visitors will be licking their lips with the chance of sampling the food and drink from around 16 producers and suppliers from in and outside of Staffordshire.

It is a joint initiative by Stafford Borough Council and the Town Centre Partnership (TCP) and will include a wide range of cheese and ales to taste, along with demonstrations.

The event will be held in two large marquees in the town’s Market Square. One marquee will have a number of stalls where businesses can sell their products. The other will be used to hold a series of talks and cookery demonstrations.

The festival is sponsored by Taste of Staffordshire and is expected to be a great opportunity for producers and breweries to show off their products in the heart of Stafford. If successful organisers hope it will become a permanent fixture on the town event’s calendar.

Councillor Frances Beatty, Cabinet Member for Planning and Regeneration at the borough council said it was a showpiece for artisan businesses and would attract more local people and visitors in to Stafford.

“It is good to hear so many businesses are keen to showcase their work in the heart of Stafford and I hope people have already put the date in their diary for this great new initiative. And if you do want to take part and have a stand at the event then please get in touch quickly.”

The TCP and borough council already team up to put on the successful annual Arts Festival – which will be celebrating its fourth year this September.

The Cheese and Ale Festival takes place on Saturday 17 May and any business who would like to be a part of the day should contact Lisa Clemson lclemson@staffordbc.gov.uk or on 01785 619470.