THE crowds flocked in their thousands to Alcester Food Festival on Saturday.
The park and ride service took 3,000 visitors in and Warners hotel at Studley Castle ran a shuttle service for guests, all mingling with local townsfolk and those who drove as close as they could get before walking.
“I say this every festival but I truly believe that we had more people visit us than ever before,” said organiser Alison Brown who headed a hard working team of loyal volunteers to make it all happen.
“And people had come to buy as well as browse, which is great, and we had our first stall sell out by 2.30pm.”
The festival has become such a success that it has a list of traders clamouring to get involved, and Alison said they were choosing from an embarrassment of riches.
“The amount of enquiries we get is phenomenal but the quality of the stalls is now so high that we want so many to come back, even though we have three to four times as many traders wanting to get involved,” she said.
A particular highlight was seeing their efforts to be more environmentally friendly start to pay off.
“We still ended the day with a lot of debris, but people were clearing up after themselves and there was more recycling and use of reusable glasses and packaging,” said Alison.
She added some inconsiderate parking had caused some delays to the park and ride but paid tribute to the team of volunteers who who kept it all running smoothly and did the big clear up afterwards.
All money raised from the festival goes to local charities including Alcester in Bloom, Alcester Scouts, Litter Free Alcester and Able – Alcester Bunting and Lighting Executive.