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Weekend Picks: Food & Craft Market

Food & Craft Market: Sat 20th Aug (Penkridge Market, Stafford)

Pickles - Ben Rabbits Credit: Penkridge Market

Penkridge Market will be holding a Fine Food & Craft Market this weekend where visitors will be able to sample and buy local produce from cheeses, breads and olives, to homemade cakes, pies and preserves.

There will also be local farms, selling meat and poultry, as well as a fresh fish counter.

It’s not just food that will be at the market, shoppers will be able to purchase handmade jewellery, vintage gifts and homeware from craft stall holders.

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Weekend Picks: Motor Show

Classic Motor Show: Sun 31st July (Stafford Castle, Stafford)

Ray Herritts with his Austin Standard 10. The motor will feature alongside other classic cars this weekend. Credit: Stafford Borough Council

Thousands of visitors are expected at Stafford Castle this Sunday for the classic motor show.

Now in its twelfth year there’ll be awards for the ‘Best Vehicles in Class’. Competition categories include: Pre 1920; 1920s & 30s, 1940s & 50s, 1960s & 70s, Future Classics, Best Vintage Tractor; Best Classic Commercial, Best Military Classic and Best Vintage Motorcycle.

Organisers of the car show are also inviting owners of veteran, vintage, classic and collectors’ cars to book their vehicles into the show.

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Warning after battery charger starts house fire

Stock photo of a charger Credit: PA

Firefighters are warning people to be vigilant after attending a house fire in Stafford that was started by a battery charger.

The incident happened on Mallard Avenue last night. It's thought charger overheated in the garage connecting to the kitchen of the detached 4 bedroom property when the owner left the property.

I cannot stress strongly enough how important it is to regularly test smoke detectors, and would recommend testing them at least on a weekly basis. Working smoke alarms should be fitted on every floor of your home. It takes a matter of seconds to do a test but could save your life and your family’s lives.

– Dez Stoddart, station manager
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Weekend Picks: Food Festival

Great British Food Festival: Sat 9th - Sun 10th July (Shugborough Estate, Stafford)

The touring Great British Food Festival stops off at Shugborough Estate this weekend.

Over 100 food producers and street food vendors will be at the event Credit: Great British Food Festival

The festival showcases cuisines from all over the UK from spicy Indian delights, Thai street food to the more traditional steak and chips.

Over 100 food producers and street food vendors will be serving pickles, preserves, jams, cheese, pate and lots of other tasty treats.

There’ll also be chef demonstrations, foodie talks, man vs food competitions and live music.

We look forward to everyone coming together to enjoy a fun foodie day out at Shugborough… And if you haven’t had enough of voting our Great British Cheese Off wants your choice for the events best Cheese!”

– Verity Sharples, Event manager

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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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