Lichfield Food Festival 2016 sponsors

Festival market
Festival market

Organisers announce sponsors of Lichfield Food Festival, which is on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 August.

The Lichfield Food Festival Committee is busy preparing this summer’s tasty festival, and is delighted to announce its sponsors.

The two headline sponsors of the end of summer event, are Central England Co-operative and Tempest Ford.

This is the fourth Lichfield Food Festival that Central England Co-operative has sponsored and supported.

Martyn Cheatle, Chief Executive of Central England Co-operative, said: “We are pleased to be involved in such a major event in Lichfield’s social calendar – one that attracts thousands and thousands of visitors from across the region and allows us to be part of something that is a celebration of local producers and suppliers. It also allows us to celebrate the fact that this is where our Business Support Centre is based and our community ethos emanates from across our trading area.”

This is the first year Tempest Ford has sponsored the event, and they are doing it in style having transformed a Ford car with Lichfield Food Festival vinyl stickers.

Brian Carruthers, Managing Director of Tempest Ford, said: “We are delighted to support Lichfield Food Festival as main sponsors. This festival has proved increasingly popular over the past few years and has enormous potential for the future in terms of bringing large numbers of visitors to our beautiful city to enjoy the food on offer and to visit Lichfield’s historic attractions.”

More businesses and organisations are also sponsoring Lichfield Food Festival 2016, including: MCL Create, Tippers, Taste of Staffordshire, Lichfield Chamber of Trade & Commerce, The Smile Centre, Pom's Kitchen & Deli and The Best of Lichfield.

Morag Pringle, Lichfield BID Manager who is heading up Lichfield Food Festival Committee and helping to fund the event, said: “We’re ever so grateful to all our sponsors for their support. We couldn’t do it without them, and we’re thrilled that so many local businesses and organisations have got involved this year. It means we can present a fantastic event that’s bigger and better than previous festivals. Thank you so much to all our sponsors - it’s great to have you on board.”

Ali Imdad
Ali Imdad
Howard Middleton
Howard Middleton

The popular free-entry Lichfield Food Festival will showcase top chefs from across the region, a huge array of specialist food and drink, entertainment, a baking competition, KitchenAid demonstrations, a brewers event and more.

This year, the festival will also welcome the two familiar faces of Howard Middleton and Ali Imdad, former Great British Bake Off contestants, who will be presenting free baking demonstrations.

Cocker-hoop Creative is part of Lichfield Food Festival Committee, and is organising the Food Festival Market. This will see the city centre streets lined once more with food and drink stalls from specialist producers, including a wide range of street food.

Jon Arrowsmith, Director of Cocker-hoop Creative, said: “This year’s market is set to be our biggest yet, with 150 stalls and counting. We’ve got a great selection of traders, bringing a diverse mix of food and drink.

“We’re looking forward to a selection of Caribbean, Middle Eastern, Mexican, Polish, Malaysian and Chinese street food. We’ve also got a pizzeria, and pop-up coffee and alcohol bars, as well as producers selling olives, chutneys, artisan bread, cheese, homemade tarts, cakes, fudge and so much more.

“We’re also busy putting together plans for the live cookery demonstrations at Lichfield Cathedral that will be headlined by Great British Bake Off stars, as well as chefs and bakers from across the region.

“These activities wouldn’t be possible without the support of our sponsors, so on behalf of all the team at the food festival, thank you again.”

Lichfield Food Festival is organised in partnership by Lichfield BID, Cocker-hoop Creative, The Kitchen Shop, Lichfield Cathedral, Three Spires Shopping Centre, Lichfield Garrick, Cakeydora and Lichfield Arts. It is also supported by Lichfield District Council.