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Weekend Picks: Cheese and Ale Festival

Cheese and Ale Festival: Fri 21st - Sat 22nd May (Stafford town)

A demonstration involving chefs in the food tent Credit: Stafford Borough Council

Thousands of people are expected to descend on Stafford for the town’s third Cheese, Ale and More Festival.

Cheese makers, breweries and local food producers will fill the Market Square with a range of products and array of artisan food.

Festival goers will also be able to enjoy an alfresco bar throughout the weekend along with entertainment from music and street theatre.

And on the Saturday, members of the Staffordshire Chefs Forum will be getting the crowd's taste buds going with cookery demonstrations.

“The festival has had a phenomenal first two years, attracting tens of thousands of people to the town each time and this year it promises to be even bigger and better”.

– Cllr Frances Beatty, Cabinet Member for Planning and Regeneration

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Nadim Butt Credit: ITV News Central

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