Stone Food and Drink Festival returns to 'spiritual home' - full chef and music line-up

A popular, family-friendly Staffordshire food and drink festival - serving up a mix of shopping, cookery demonstrations and live music - returns this weekend. Organisers of the 2024 Stone Food & Drink Festival are promising foodies a packed programme of activities and entertainment.

Now in its 19th year, the event returns to Westbridge Park on July 5, 6 and 7. Sponsored by Stone-based Drac Group, the festival will offer a range of street food while licensed bars and pop-ups will be selling everything from real ale and ciders to fizz and cocktails.

The shopping village will bustle with traders from across the country selling a wide range of produce from cheese and cured meats to delicious cakes and bakes, artisan distilled spirits and hand-picked kitchen and homeware. This year, visitors will once again be treated to live cookery demonstrations on the hour, every hour from top local chefs.

The line-up this year includes Feasted’s Cris Cohen, who recently cooked up a storm on TV with Andi Oliver, Jake Lowndes who heads up Little Seeds - Stone’s only Michelin Guide-listed restaurant, and Staffordshire born-and-bred MasterChef 2024 quarter finalist Steve Deakin.

Other chefs on the bill include Allan Jones from A la Carte at Home; James Cracknell from The Moat House – soon to feature on the new Channel 5 documentary ‘The Motorway Hotel’; Victor Wiga Wagaa from Wiga Wagaa sauces; Stuart Bruce from The Woodland restaurant at Chase Golf & Country Club; Ben Manifold and Lee Lawson from No.26, Aston Marina; Adam Smith from the Dog & Doublet; Andrew Watts from The Tawny and Stone-based Ukrainian chef, Oksana Harris.

The Talks & Tastings Tent, meanwhile, will see passionate producers showcase their wares with topics covering everything from pickling tips through to tastings of real ales, gins and fine wines. Live music will once again be a big part of the event, which is well known for its party atmosphere.

The line-up this year, sponsored by Joule’s Brewery, includes Kenyon Walker; Fool’s Life; students from Stone’s Rooftop Studios; Ellie & the Giants; Rock Choir; Legends of Sound; Bella; Sack & Craic and The Kilns.

Families with children will also find plenty to keep them entertained, thanks to free circus skills workshops and performances, a ‘Children’s Farm’ where kids can learn about farming and where their food comes from thanks to the team from PLAY@ Lower Drayton Farm, plus pay-as-you-go face painting and fairground rides.

Festival director Richard Stevens said: "Following our enforced move while development work was underway at the park last year, we can’t wait to return to Westbridge Park, which is our spiritual home! The event has always been about the town and bringing visitors in to support local businesses, so to once again be within strolling distance of the High Street is fantastic.

"We’ve got a great programme in store with plenty to see and do so why not come down and join us for a foodie party in the park?" Tickets to Westbridge Park are £12 per person, per day (accompanied under 16s free).

The ticket price is inclusive and offers access to all cookery demonstrations, talks, tastings and live music performances. For more information visit

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