Food and drink festivals around Stoke on Trent

Foodies of Staffordshire, unite!

At first I wanted to write just about the upcoming food festival in Newcastle-under-Lyme and beer festival in Stoke on Trent, but then I found out that there are plenty more food and drinks festivals happening in Staffordshire in near future, so I decided I will give you a short overview.

Stoke on Trent

Let’s start with Stoke on Trent. Stoke has its own food festival that comes to the city twice a year. I wrote about it here and here. Etruria Canal festival has some nice food stalls, too. Both are free.

There also was a whisky festival in June. According to their website, the next one is planned for Saturday 24th June 2017.

Finally, the 36th Stoke beer festival will take place on 20th – 22ndth October 2016 at Fenton Manor Sports Complex.

Cupcakes, Continental Market, Stoke on Trent
Cupcakes at the Continental Market in Stoke on Trent


On Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st of August there is a gin festival… on trains and train stations! There will be “two-train steam & diesel service operating along the railway with static bars open on both Cheddleton and Kinglsey & Froghall stations as well as on-board both service sets. Each bar will have their own specific selection of gins” (found here). There will be breakfast BBQ as well. Adults go for 14 GBP.


Food and Drink Festival takes place on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th August 2016. Free entry. It promises “to feature cookery demonstrations by chefs, food stalls throughout the city as part of the Lichfield Food Festival Market, a celebration of local brewers, demonstrations of top kitchen equipment brands, street food, entertainment, a bake off competition, children’s cupcake workshops and much more”.


Gusto Food & Drink Festival takes place on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th September. It promises local and regional produce, artisan stalls, beer tent, wine tasting and much more…

Newcastle under Lyme

Newcastle organises its first food festival this year. If you are interested, mark Friday 16th and Saturday 17th of September in your diary.


Beer festival, September 22nd to 24th. 60 ales, 20 ciders & perries plus new this year, International Bottle Bar. Entry fee of 3 GBP for general public.


Two weeks after the previously mentioned event there is Stone Food and Drink festival. It runs during three days – from 30th September to 2nd October. Tickets will be available soon.


So basically, there’s something to do, see and taste at nearly all upcoming weekends.

In addition to all these annual events there are regular food markets in Biddulph, Leek and probably more places I don’t know about.


Now to you. Did it make your mouth water? Are you planning to go to any of these events? Are there any more I didn’t include and are worth mentioning? Let me know in comments.




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