MORE than 10,000 people visited the Droitwich Festival of local food, music and arts over the weekend which boasted 120 stalls and a host of other activities besides.
UK visitors came from a far afield as Cornwall and Yorkshire and there were even people there from America and Australia.
The event really championed local produce as 90 per cent of the 120 stalls there offered food and drink from within a 30-mile radius of Droitwich.
Proceedings also included a viking invasion, trips along the canal on the Pamela May, demonstrations from five Worcestershire chefs, the great junior bake off and live music and entertainment along with real ale and cider bars.
The winner of the Best Sausage competition went to Kate Daniels from the Little Black Pig in Crossway Green.
She said: “We’re a Droitwich family so I couldn’t be prouder than I am to be winner of the Droitwich Best Sausage.
“It’s all about tasty meat from healthy and happy animals.
“This award feels like a pat on the back from the people of Droitwich – I’d like to thank all our loyal customers who have made this possible.”
Kerry, from Oakley Cakes in Bromsgrove, said it was the first time she had ever exhibited and she had an absolutely brilliant day.
Paul, from Scrummy Stuff of Dunley, said he would definitely be back next year, or maybe even earlier, to have two stalls and to enter the sausage competition.
And Simon Berry from the Gardeners Arms added: “Congratulations on a very successful event – the turnover was up massively this year compared with last year, which in terms of a event, would be deemed as an outstanding achievement for the organisers.”
One Droitwich resident Liz Keefe said it was a fantastic event for the town and another, Dennis Pugh, added: “We enjoyed the food festival very much and it was fantastic to see so many people attending.”
Paul Davies from Stourbridge said: “There was a fabulous selection of Artisan food producers, we must have put on a stone over the weekend, with cheese, sausages, scotch eggs and pies.”
Droitwich Festival activities continue until next Sunday (July 6).
Visit www.droitwichspafestival.co.uk for more information.
Cherry-pickers! – Jim and Daisy Parsons trying some of David Comley’s cherries from Norbury’s. 2614020MHR4
Oh yay, oh yay – Helen Hirons of Farm Stays with Droitwich Town Crier Edgar Harwood. 2614020MHR3
Bangers and smash hits! – Award-winning sausage makers Ali Bowden and Kate Daniels from Little Black Pig with the Mayor of Droitwich, Coun Bob Brookes. 2614020MHR6
Alfred and Maureen Bott buying cider from Joseph Allard of the Barbourne Cider Company. 2614020MHR1
Having your soap and eating it! – Ruth and Ellie Ward of Bubblicious posing with their cake-themed soap. 2614020MHR2