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Wolverhampton's food and drink festival to return after success - with video and pictures

By Jessica Labhart | Wolverhampton | Wolverhampton entertainment | Published:

The first ever food and drink festival in Wolverhampton went down such a treat that it will go ahead next year after raking in hundreds of thousands of pounds for the city.

Nearly 20,000 people turned out for the event – double the amount of people expected – and now dates have already been confirmed for July 7 and 8 next year.

Families revelled in the sunshine off Wulfruna Street, with a wide range of food and drink available alongside live music, an open-air cinema, Champagne and Prosecco bar and traditional fairground games across both days over the weekend.

See this stunning video of the event:

Wolverhampton Food Festival

Organiser William Power of Street Banquet and director of E11EVEN GROUP, said: “It was a great event. We almost doubled our anticipated attendance and I am absolutely over the moon with its success.

“The way the city embraced the festival is astonishing and I would like to personally thank City of Wolverhampton Council for all of their support.

“It shows the ambition of the council for the city and to attract people to the city. No one I have worked with before in their first festival year has ever got close to these numbers.

“The Wolverhampton businesses seized the opportunity to work with national street food vendors; the best street food was available - and will be again next year. Put the date in your diaries now.”

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Councillor John Reynolds, cabinet member for city economy, said: “I am delighted the flagship event of our Visit the City of Wolverhampton programme has been so successful.

“It is another example of Wolverhampton putting itself on the map and it also illustrates why we were recently named as one of the top three UK cities to raise a family.”

Around 1,000 of the 18,500 visitors chose to pay on the gate at the festival, which resulted in £1,000 going to the chosen charities of Mayor of Wolverhampton, Councillor Elias Mattu, and the other half to event costs.

Mayor Mattu said: “I’m tremendously proud of holding our first festival of food and drink which has bought so many new visitors to the city and given residents an opportunity to have a fabulous family day out.

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“I’d like to thank the promoter for his kind donation and for everyone involved in making the weekend an occasion to remember.”

The food and drink festival was part of the City of Wolverhampton’s ‘Visit the City’ programme, which runs until Sunday, July 16. For further details head to http://bit.ly/2rST7TL.

Jessica Labhart

By Jessica Labhart
@JLabhart_star

Reporter for the Express & Star, primarily covering Wolverhampton.

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