Dorfold Hall Food and Drink festival

A new “Dorfold Hall Food and Drink Festival” is planned for July, organisers have announced.

They say the festival will “showcase a variety of internationally inspired, locally produced food and drink”.

It is being organised by the creators of The North Leeds Food Festival, now in its sixth year, and will be held on Nantwich Showground – where Nantwich Show was staged for 75 years until this year.

Organisers say the new festival will take place on July 23-24.

It’s designed to be a celebration of international cuisine, local producers, live music, family entertainment and independent businesses.

They say street food traders from Cheshire and Yorkshire will be serving up international dishes, including Greek, Lebanese, Dutch, Thai and Malaysian, among others.

The festival will also feature an Artisan Market hosting 60+ independent local businesses and producers, they added.

A variety of sweet and savoury goods will be on offer, including cakes, brownies, cannoli, fudge, spices, cheese, meat and much more.

Arts, crafts and creatives will also be joining the market, with handmade soaps, candles, and jewelry.

Hannah Dewhirst, festival coordinator, said: “We’re thrilled to be coming to Nantwich for the first time in 2022 – the Showground is a beautiful site, and the perfect location to celebrate local produce and independent businesses.

“We have a packed weekend in store, and can’t wait for July!”

The programme of attractions includes artists and musicians on stage playing soul, blues, pop, jazz and rock, alongside family entertainment, magicians and street performances.

There will also be children’s arts and crafts activities, as well as a funfair and inflatable land.

Organisers say the Cookery Theatre will be hosting an “incredible display of talent from local professional chefs with demonstrations taking place all weekend”.

And they add that the event will support various charities over the weekend, having already raised more than £45,000 for the Mind Charity at previous festivals.

Nantwich Show 2020 - Dorfold Park site - licence bid


  1. These shows only work well if the products they sell can be bought every month like at our farmers markets, pointless task if you wish to enjoy products they have to be delivered to your home each time from a distance.

  2. Well it should be no surprise to anyone that the Nantwich showgroud would need to find a replacement after Nantwich show relocated to Reasheath College.
    I personally would not see this event as direct competition for the food festival in September due to the large gap in the respective dates.

    It will be interesting to see how well supported it will be , but I hope it and the Food festival later in the year are both a great success

  3. John Phillips says:

    Well they say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. But my understanding is the Nantwich Food festival in September will be free to enter whereas the one at Dorfold hall it will cost a family of four £20 .
    But good to see that Nantwich is proving such a good attraction for events .

  4. Alan Hughes Jones says:

    That will cause concern for the Nantwich Food Festival in Sept. The July event looks like a copy of the Nantwich Food Festival.
    I wonder if Dorfold will be making an entrance fee?

    • When the Nantwich Food Show first started it was held on Mill Island and it was fee paying, but then by holding it in the town it made it bigger but not necessarily better. I prefer to pay for an event as you definitely enjoyed the day more with far less bustle

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