Former Mayor steps up to festival table

A familiar local face has joined the Nantwich Food Festival board of directors as preparations hot up to stage this year’s popular Cheshire showpiece in early September.

Former Nantwich Town Council Mayor, Christine Farrall, joins existing directors John Coulter and Roger Mills. The successful team coordinates a hard working and passionate community of volunteers who make the festival truly unique.

Last year, the three-day celebration of food and drink generated in excess of £2m for the Nantwich and wider South Cheshire economy.

Christine has also been appointed Chair of the festival, replacing Deborah Robb who has worked tirelessly to successfully raise the profile of the annual event. Graham Fenton also steps down as Finance Director this year, having made an invaluable contribution over a number of years.

Christine said: “I feel very honoured to have been asked to chair the Food Festival.  However, to follow Deborah will be very difficult indeed. But the organisation is run very professionally by a team of able volunteers, so I am in safe hands!”

This year’s event has already received over 170 confirmed bookings, many from local food producers, including Mornflake and Cheerbrooks who have pledged their support.

Having served on the town council for nearly a decade, the contribution to the local economy is something that delights Christine.

She said: “I am a local girl who is passionate about our town prospering as a shopping and tourist centre. I come from three generations of shopkeepers, so I know first-hand just how hard independent retailers have to work, just to keep afloat.”

Friday 2nd September has been designated as a Family Day. There will be exciting children’s activities, live music, family-friendly entertainment and a series of cooking demonstrations.

3 - Nantwich Food Festival, Friday entertainment

The day will also host Great British Bake-Off winner (2015) Nadiya Hussain who will showcase a range of dishes from her latest publications, Nadiya’s Kitchen and Bake me a Story. The popular chef also recently baked the cake to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday.

Saturday 3rd will be showcasing talented, local chefs. On Sunday 4th, Jean-Christophe Novelli will wow crowds with his culinary expertise, giving tips on how to cook delicious healthy dishes which are simple to recreate. With AA rosettes and Michelin stars, he is quite rightly dubbed the nation’s “favourite” French chef.

Over the weekend visitors to Nantwich town centre will enjoy tantalising aromas and witness the dazzling skills of traders and performers from all over the world.

The historic streets will be awash with colour and activity, making it one of the best in-town food festivals in the country.

The Nantwich Food Festival is staged across the town centre from 11am Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th September. Visit www.nantwichfoodfestival.co.uk for further details, or about getting involved as a volunteer.

2 - Nantwich Food Festival exhibitor

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