3 March, 2008 – Stockport's first food and drink festival scoops national award
Stockport beat off stiff competition from other town and city centres by scooping a prestigious national award at the annual Association of Town Centre Management (ATCM) Awards Ceremony in London last week.
The ceremony, which was attended by town and city centre management teams, key stakeholders and partners celebrated successes in town centre management (TCM) during 2007/2008.
Stockport Council was presented with the ‘Centre Experience’ award, which recognises inspirational projects or schemes that have done most to create an experience to remember.
The Council decided to enter the award following the overwhelming success of Stockport’s first Food & Drink Festival, held in October 2007.
The festival, which involved 65 venues and ran over 10 days, included events and offers at restaurants, cafés, pubs, delis, retailers, heritage attractions, parks and churches.
The 10 days of foodie fun began with a Producers’ Market in the historic Market Place and culminated with a Continental Gourmet Market in Mersey Square. In-between, there were brewery tours, fungal forays, a ghost walk, historic pub tours, tea dances, cake making and festival menus served in Stockport’s many eateries.
Stockport beat off competition from shortlisted entries from Maidstone, Kingston, St. Anne’s on Sea and Rochdale to run away with the top prize.
Councillor Sue Derbyshire, Executive Member for Regeneration, at Stockport Council, said: "This award acknowledges the achievements of the Council, its partners and Stockport’s food and drink sector in delivering a fantastic event which was enjoyed by everyone.
"Well done to all those who were in any way involved".
Source: Stockport Council press release