MORE than 15,000 people flocked to the Droitwich Food and Drink Festival over the weekend.
The event was officially opened by Great British Bake Off finalist Steven Carter-Bailey and MP Nigel Huddleston.
Mr Carter-Bailey delighted the crowds with demonstrations of two of his dishes.
There were more than 100 stalls on Saturday and, with a focus on local produce, 90 per cent of them were from companies within a 30-mile radius.
The live entertainment in the bandstand, the free children’s activities and Droitwich Tennis Club’s 45-minute sessions on the Lido Park’s new courts were also well received.
A smaller version of the festival took place on the Sunday.
Festival organiser Patrick Davis told the Standard he had received some fantastic feedback.
“Everyone loved the Saturday and a lot of people said they would like it to be repeated on the Sunday next year so we’ll be working towards a fully-blown two-day festival,” he said.
“Steven Carter-Bailey was great to have as well. He stayed for the whole day and before he started cooking he went round the stalls to get as much local produce as he could for his demonstrations.
“Justin Bowen from Wychbold Fudge said he did not think he would top last year’s when the Droitwich Salt Fudge was launched but he did.
“Everyone also liked the children’s activities and that they were free.”