ALCESTER Food Festival has been hailed as the best one ever after crowds flocked to the event last Saturday.
There they enjoyed the delights of scores of exhibitors, who started to sell out from 2pm such was the demand for produce.
Delighted organiser Alison Brown admitted she has had been concerned the Royal Wedding might keep the crowds away, but she couldn’t have been more wrong.
“It was absolutely fantastic, the best one yet,” she said.
“I think we had a record number of visitors, despite the attraction of the Royal Wedding, and I honestly do not think we could have fitted more people in.”
However Royalists were catered for too, with screens showing the wedding of the year in many of the local pubs and at the Baptist Church.
Meanwhile out on the streets the stallholders were doing a roaring trade.
SA Sauces had sold out of stock by 2pm and were quickly followed by many others.
The new addition of Japanese Street Food also proved a hit with festival-goers enjoying the taste from the East.
Visitors came from far and wide too, with one traveller from Australia dropping in while one visitor from Slovakia came specifically for the festival.
The success of Saturday’s event was in marked contrast to last autumn’s food festival which had to be cancelled when Storm Brian threatened winds of 60mph.
“That was very disappointing, especially as we’d put all the work into it, but safety comes first,” said Alison.
“This one was exactly the opposite and couldn’t have been done without the dedication and enthusiasm of our fantastic team of volunteers.”