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Stockport 3-day Food & Drink Festival 2021

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03 Sep 2021 - 05 Sep 2021
Daily from 10am to 4pm

Stockport town centre

Visit Stockport town centre’s 3-day Food & Drink Festival 3rd to 5th September 2021 

Stockport’s first Food & Drink festival in 2019 attracted huge crowds and we’re expecting this year’s to be bigger and better than ever. Over 30 food and drink stalls will be popping up across the town centre to tempt the most discerning of taste buds with food and drink from all around the world. There’ll be fun and entertainment for all the family so you won’t want to miss out. 

You’ll find 2 outdoor kitchens in Mersey Square and in the Market Place where celebrity chefs Aldo Zilli, Jean Christophe Novelli will be performing live as they rustle up some favourite recipes that will have your mouth watering.

Follow the adventures of  food and science with the BBC’s Stefan Gates will be performing live as they rustle up some favourite recipes that will have your mouth watering.

Stockport’s own newest chef de patron Marc Mole from the soon-to-be-open Bistro Marc at Winters will be on stage along with Britain’s Got Talent Mixologist supreme Neil Garner from Cherry Jam who will be entertaining the crowds with his cocktail making skills. 

Despite the pandemic, Stockport’s hospitality offering is growing as more and more independents choose to open their businesses here. Throughout the festival, you’ll have a chance to meet some of own highly skilled local chefs demonstrating their skills.

For the children, the ever-popular Mr Bloom will be performing at Stockport’s iconic Plaza on Sunday morning – seats are free! – a booking fee will apply – https://stockportplaza.co.uk/whats-on/mr-bloom/

There will be pop-up entertainment at the Peel Centre, activities including a free beach, entertainment and a children’s Fruit Trail in Merseyway. In the Market Place, the gentle giants, Robinsons Shire Horses, will be popping into their local – The Baker’s Vaults and the Red Bull. Come along and say hello to these beautiful horses. 

3 days packed full of free entertainment. 

We’re expecting huge crowds and entertainment for everyone so don’t miss out! 

  • 2 outdoor kitchens on stage in Mersey Square and Market Place
  • Live demonstrations from guest chefs Stefan Gates, Jean Christophe Novelli, Aldi Zilli 
  • Live streaming on digital screens in Merseyway and Suffragette Square
  • Worldwide cuisine at over 70 food and drink stalls across the town centre
  • Mr Bloom at Stockport Plaza
  • Pop-up entertainment at Peel Centre
  • Children’s Fruit Trail in Merseyway
  • Robinsons Shire Horses
  • Workshops from The Landing in Suffragette Square 

A variety of stalls in Merseyway selling world-wide treats including:

Macaroons, Chocolate Strawberries, Cookie dough, Cookies, Brownies, Waffles, Marshmallows, Nougat & Toffees, Gelatto sorbets fruit smoothies and shakes. Toasties, Cheese, Paella, Greek meat skewers and Greek treats, Crepes and Chinese dishes. 
Large Bar Trailer – Draft Beers, Cask Ales & Specialist Spirits; Chilli products, cheese in wax, Plants chilli, tomato & herb, Pork scratchings; Texan style smoked BBQ pulled pork on Nachos with smoked cheese sauce, ‘The Big Red’ pulled pork burger, loaded dirty fries, Smoked jumbo Welsh Dragon sausage, sauteed leeks and cheese sauce; Meats, Noodles, Rice; Olives, Dried Fruit, Baklava, Turkish Delights; Crepes, Galettes, Chi Chi, Waffles, Salami.

Saturday 4th September:Cookery Theatre in the Market Place:

10am          Andrew George
11am           Stefan Gates
12 noon      Marc Mole
1pm             Stefan Gates
2pm             Jean Christophe Novelli
3pm             Stefan Gates

Sunday 5th September:
10.30           Stefan Gates
11.30            Marc Mole
12.30            Stefan Gates
1.30              Aldo Zilli
2.30             Stefan Gates

Cookery Theatre in Mersey Square:

Saturday 4th September:
10.30          Mike Harrison
11.30           Jean Christophe Novelli
12.30          Neil Garner
1.30             Sushma Solanki
2.30            Marc Mole
3.30            Jean Christophe Novelli

Sunday 5th September:
10.30          Sushma Solanki
11.30           Aldo Zilli
12.30          Simon Wood
1.30            Marc Mole
2.30            Neil Garner
3.30           Aldo Zilli

Workshops from The Landing in Suffragette Square

The team from Stockport’s award-winning restaurant, Where The Light Gets In, are hosting a series of workshops on Saturday and Sunday.

Funded from the government’s Welcome Back Fund, the team from Where The Light Gets In’s urban kitchen garden The Landing, will be running a series of activities throughout the weekend including a plants and pollinator’s workshop and lessons in foraging. The Plastic Shed will be holding lessons on how to make perfect plant pots using reclaimed pots; and there’s a chance to buy some of the delicious produce from The Landing too! 
Saturday 4th: 1-2pm 

Plants for Pollinators workshop – learning about what plants help our pollinators thrive, and why it’s important to persevere them + building a plant pot from reclaimed plastic with Plastic Shed. Plants & pots to take away. 

Nick Harlow, head grower at Where The Light Gets In & Manchester Urban Diggers The Landing, will introduce you to basic growing of pollinating plants, within a limited urban environment. This workshop includes an in-depth teaching of how to select and sow seeds that will help pollinators thrive. This workshop will focus on autumnal and winter plants, ensuring pollen all-year round!

During the workshop, with the help from Plastic Shed, you will plant a range of native flowers, and build a pot. You will make the pot out of reclaimed vinyl plastic, for you to take home. The Plastic Shed is a Stockport based social enterprise bringing people together turn plastic waste into new, useful things!

Printing with Plants  – Where The Light Gets In’s artist in residence Kat Wood will run this photographic workshop, taking inspiration from Anna Atkins, the first ever female photographer and botanist. During the workshop we will learn how to create 18th century cyanotypes using plant cuttings and preserved flowers from The Landing. This workshop is suitable for both adults and supervised children. Please wear clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty!

Each workshop is limited to just 8 people so don’t delay, book today! Email communication@wtlgi.co to reserve your place!

Sunday 5th – 12-2pm: 

Litter picking and foraging trail –
foraging trail with Where The Light Gets In. Learning about what wild produce Stockport has to offer, whilst learning how to forage responsibly by litter picking through out. 

Sunday 5th – 2-4pm:

Wet felt Wool Bowl – felt bowl making workshop hosted by Joanne Wood, a hill farmer and shepherd based in Chinley, Derbyshire.
Wool is natural, renewable and biodegradable, it offers a number of environmental advantages and has proved itself to be measurably better than synthetic alternatives; yet sheep farmers get very little for it. The cost of shearing can often be more than the value of the fleece.
This workshop aims to promote the Campaign For Wool and Fair Price For Farmers and to encourage creating direct relationships between farmers and makers, sharing skills and utilising waste by-products of the agricultural industry. 

Each workshop is limited to just 8 people so don’t delay, book today! Email communication@wtlgi.co to reserve your place!

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