Only a few short weeks to go until the Nantwich Food Festival 2019, all plans are in place, all equipment organised, and safety is top of the priority list.
Local company Alpha Omega provides 24 hour Festival security, including when the Festival organisers go home each evening.
Security of children is so very important; we all know how quickly children can slip away from parents or carers. For 2019 the Festival organisers are providing
free wristbands for children, showing their parent’s contact details. These are available from Park and Ride buses, the Festival Office in the Town Centre, Nantwich Town Council stall and the Kids Marquee.
Laura Salmon organises both security and children’s activities, so is delighted that Alpha Omega are part-funding the Kids Marquee. Laura says " We have a great line-up in there, think gingerbread decorating sponsored by Chatwins Bakery, seed sowing, snack making, face painting, glitter tattoos and much more. Most activities are free, and monitored by volunteers, though donations are welcomed, and will go to Nantwich Food Bank.
Laura continues “We also have a cupcake decorating competition; each child that enters will receive 4 Miss Marmalade’s cupcakes and basic decorations. Contestants can bring additional decorations, and will need to decorate their cupcakes on the theme of 'What I did on my summer holiday’. The lucky winner will receive a voucher for a Freak Shake for 2 at Miss Marmalades.”
A new innovation for 2019 in response to visitor feedback, requesting more vegetarian and vegan food, is the Vegetarian Society Cookery School - the home of veggie cooking.
The Society will host the Love Lane Demonstration Theatre during Festival Friday, when their expert chefs Sam and Maz will delight us with some innovative meat-free recipes. If you want to know more about vegetarian and vegan cooking, don’t miss the Vegetarian Society in the Love Lane Demonstration Theatre.
Other Festival plans include the BBQ competition, with a wonderful prize of a Broil King barbecue; Cheerbrook Farm Shop is providing all of the meat for this competition free of charge as part of their Festival sponsorship.
Clewlows butchers are donating a great prize of an Ipad for the winner of the separate burger making competition; young foodies aged between 8 and 12 are eligible to enter, just see the Festival website for details.
The Nantwich Food Awards, sponsored by Applewood Independent, are popular with locals and the trophies are cherished by the winners; voting closes on September 2nd, so do vote now if you haven’t already done so.
Returning to safety issues, Simon Walter of Rhino Safety keeps a close eye on things; Simon ensures risk assessments are in place and that volunteers receive appropriate training before the Festival kicks off. The Festival isn't approved to open until all safety inspections are satisfactory on Festival Friday morning.
Simon tells us “I have worked with the Festival team for some years now, ensuring safety barriers are in place and marquees don’t get too over-crowded. Some streets also need to be closed to ensure visitor safety, and there is lots more work behind the scenes. This means that visitors can have a great time, and go home safe and well at the end of the day.
Accidents can happen at anytime, anywhere; we plan to prevent them, but also have a great team of First Aiders from Staffs Solutions Group onsite throughout the Festival, immediately available to deal with any health problems or injuries.
The Festival always needs more volunteers, so if you are interested in volunteering this year, do contact us via the Festival website. Volunteers help to ensure a safe Festival environment and come from all walks of life, so do get in touch.”
For details of how to contact the Festival and see all the Nantwich Food Festival plans, visit www.nantwichfoodfestival.co.uk