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Cash boost for Stone Food and Drink Festival

By Charlotte Callear | Dining out | Published:

Stone Food and Drink Festival's demonstration kitchen has received sponsorship.

Stone Food & Drink Festival directors Richard Stevens and Mick Powell with Scott Everitt, Senior Building Manager at Willmott Dixon

Willmott Dixon, the lead contractor for the development of the new Stone Leisure Centre, has shown its support with a cash injection for one of the festival's most popular attractions where up to twelve top local chefs perform free, live cookery demonstrations over the weekend of October 5 to 7.

Securing business sponsors is vital to the festival which, as a not-for-profit, Community Interest Company (CIC), is run by a team of volunteers.

Simon Liversage, Director at Willmott Dixon, said: “As the main contractor for the new Stone Leisure Centre, Willmott Dixon is happy to be supporting the Stone Food and Drink Festival.

"As Westbridge Park is home to our site team until the leisure centre is completed, this event is the perfect opportunity for us to further integrate with the local community. Community engagement and leaving a legacy in the areas in which we work are important to us and we look forward to meeting local residents and visitors at the event.”

Stone Food & Drink Festival Chairman, Richard Stevens, says: “We are delighted that Willmott Dixon has come on board as a sponsor for the festival and are hugely grateful for their support. Sponsorship allows us, as a not-for-profit company, to keep adding fresh and exciting attractions to the event year on year. Every penny is ploughed back into the festival, so this kind of support helps to cover some of the exceptionally high logistical costs of putting on an event on this scale and helps future proof the event.”

For full details and to see the full running order for the Willmott Dixon Demonstration Kitchen, head to www.stonefooddrink.org.uk

Charlotte Callear

By Charlotte Callear
@CCallear_Star

Reporter based at the Express & Star's Wolverhampton head office

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