Posted On: October 28, 2009
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Food lovers from across the region were treated to a fabulous feast of fun at Tatton Park last weekend, joining in what was the best ever North West Food Lovers Festival to date.

With the numbers of both visitors and exhibitors up on last year, this year’s festival has been a major success. Over 12,800 visitors passed through the gates to see, taste and buy produce from over 100 exhibitors.

Visitors enjoyed demonstrations from 10 regional celebrity chefs, cooking over 50 mouth watering dishes. The sights, smells and atmosphere made the day “simply unforgettable!” as one food lover put it.

Event Organiser, Stephen Wundke said: “This year’s festival has been remarkable, we smashed our visitor targets, and by the end of last week, we were still receiving calls from producers who wanted to exhibit at show, which just proves it’s now more popular than ever.

“Every visitor I spoke to said how enjoyable the festival was and how hugely impressed they were by the diversity of food and produce on offer. All of the exhibitors were extremely pleased with the festival, and judging by the bursting shopping bags the visitors were leaving with, the event was hugely profitable for them too.

“I am delighted for our supporters Visit Chester & Cheshire, The North West Development Agency and Tatton Park as their belief in this event has been clearly vindicated.”

Sarah Gayton, a stand owner of Taste of The Moorlands comments on her experience of the festival: “I couldn’t get my samples out quick enough! They were flying off the stand and everyone said how delicious my cakes and biscuits were.

“I sold hundreds of them and to many people who had not heard of my business before. Out of all the shows I attend, the North West Food Lovers Festival is without a doubt the very best. Not only are the visitors so complimentary of my food, they bought the whole lot to prove it!”

Mark Hampshire, owner of The Cheshire Channel, who exhibited at the show adds: “The three days we spent at the festival was amazing, at one point we had so many people at our stand, we were talking to whole groups of people rather than one or two, which we expected. We really did meet the best of Cheshire and our video of the show will be going live on our channel as well as the festival website very soon.”

Organisation is already underway for next year and the team is aiming to increase the visitor numbers again next year. The festival is already looking for a headline sponsor for this growing regional event and urges businesses that are interested to contact the team for more details.

Words by Charlotte Talbot
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