Stone Food & Drink Festival 2023
Starts: 15th Jul 2023
Kibblestone Scout Camp
Eat, Drink, Shop, Learn & Enjoy at Staffordshire's original gastronomic gathering!
Cookery demos from top local talent - including Niall Keating & Lunar Head Chef Criag Lunn; talks, taskings, shopping, live music & family fun
Despite moving from its â€˜spiritualâ€™ home of Westbridge Park this year to nearby Kibblestone Scout Camp due to development work, the team behind Staffordshireâ€™s original gastronomic gathering is determined to put on a great show.
Taking place over the weekend of Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th July, the 2023 Stone Food & Drink Festival, sponsored by Drac Group, promises visitors an experience where theyâ€™ll â€˜Eat, Drink, Shop, Learn and Enjoyâ€™ with a mix of fabulous food stalls, great live cookery demonstrations, tastings, live music and family fun.
Celebrating Staffordshireâ€™s culinary talent
With one of its core aims being to celebrate Staffordshire as a foodie destination, this yearâ€™s Demonstration Kitchen features an impressive line-up of homegrown heroes. Heading up the bill is the youngest ever 2 Michelin Star chef and 2020 Great British Menu champion, Niall Keating who, born and bred in Staffordshire, will be joined on stage by the Head Chef from his flagship Lunar Wedgwood restaurant, Craig Lunn at 2pm on Saturday.
Other chefs taking the stage on Saturday include Adam Smith, who heads up the kitchen at the Dog & Doublet Inn at Sandon; Ben Manifold, Senior Sous Chef at No.26, Aston Marina; Jake Lowndes of Stoneâ€™s Michelin Guide-listed Little Seeds and BANT Registered Nutritionist Eva Humphries, otherwise known as the Wholefood Warrior. Sundayâ€™s line-up includes James Cracknell, Head Chef at The Moat House in Acton Trussell; Head Chef at Aston Marinaâ€™s No.26 Lee Lawson; Sous Chef Stuart Bruce from The Woodlands Restaurant at The Chase Golf & Country Clubu; Amarpal Harrar of iCookIndian and Oksana Harris from COOK! Ukraine.
Eat, Drink & Party!
In addition to Live Cookery Demonstrations, thereâ€™s a packed programme in the festivalâ€™s Talks & Tastings Tent and, when youâ€™ve worked up an appetite, youâ€™ll find a host of Street Food stalls proffering global flavours, as well as the Butcherâ€™s Block pop-up restaurant for those seeking a more refined dining experience. Drinks wise, a host of pop-up bars serving coffee, gin, cocktails and fizz alongside great local breweries and artisan cider producers will ensure you remain well-watered whatever your favourite tipple.
The Gourmet Marquee will once again feature a host of gastronomic delights â€“ from cheese and savoury snacks to exotic rubs and cooking sauces, enticing spirits and sweet treats. Meanwhile, a new Home & Garden Marquee will see a hand-picked selection of traders showcase luxury goods for the home and garden.
When youâ€™re done shopping, head to the Live Music Stage where a great line-up of local bands will entertain the crowds. Families with young kids, meanwhile, will also find plenty to keep them entertained â€“ the Little Foodiesâ€™ Zone includes a Childrenâ€™s Farm stand and Panic! Family Circus, both of which offer free activities over the weekend, with circus rides, face painting and slushie-building fun also on offer.
To make getting to the event as easy as possible, free shuttle buses, sponsored by Stonegate Wealth Management, will ferry visitors from several stops around Stone town centre to Kibblestone, while on-site parking and a nearby Park & Ride service are also on offer.
The 2023 Stone Food & Drink Festival will take place on Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th July. Tickets - Â£12pp/day (Â£10pp online before 30th June) or Â£20pp for a 2 day pass (Â£18pp online before 30th June) â€“ accompanied under-16s get in free.
Disabled Facilities: Ample, free on-site disabled parking & toilet facilities. Please note site is grass and slightly sloping.