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Picture special – Alcester Food Festival brings in 20,000 visitors to town

Updated: 11:58 am, Oct 20, 2015

ORGANISERS are hailing another successful Alcester Food Festival with estimates putting the crowds at more than 20,000 over the day.

Several stallholders sold out too as eager buyers thronged to snap up fresh locally grown produce, craft beers and ciders, honey, cheeses, butter and more while the hot food sellers did a roaring trade.

“Overall it was very successful,” said Frank Wood, who, after organising four food festivals is stepping down.

“We saw a one or two things that we’d like to improve on for next time but otherwise it was very good and kept going right until our 5 o’clock finish, in fact we were trying to get people out as it was still going strong.”

The festival featured more than 100 stallholders and Frank said he hoped the town’s cafes, pubs and other shops also benefited from the influx of visitors, many who travelled long distances to get there.

“The main reason we hold this is so that people can see that Alcester is an attractive place to visit and each time we try and improve the quality of what’s on offer with any surplus on the finances going to local charities,” said Frank.

The food festival started seven years ago, the brainchild of Peter Pritchard and Maurice Abney-Hastings and with Frank now stepping down Vaughan Blake will be taking over the running of the popular event.