Foodies gather for Alcester festival

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FOOD lovers travelled thousands of miles to enjoy the autumn version of the Alcester and Forest of Arden Food Festival earlier this month.

Last year’s autumn food festival had to be cancelled over safety concerns when stormy weather was predicted but last weekend saw brilliant sunshine all day long which encouraged more visitors to the food festival as it celebrated its ninth year on the streets of Alcester.

Some visitors had come a long way to savour the tempting treats on offer in fact tourists from Taiwan and New South Wales were among them.

“We were contacted by a tour company from London on Friday who brought a coach load of Taiwanese visitors to Alcester having heard that the food festival was one of the best in the country,” said Alison Brown, one of the volunteer organisers of the Alcester Food Festival.

The Australian visitors from New South Wales have connections with Alcester and planned their trip to the UK to coincide with the festival.

Upwards of 15,000 people enjoyed May’s version of the event and a similar turnout has been announced for those who took time out to let the world drift by and just enjoy the oodles of noodles and street food at 148 stalls on a beautiful autumnal day in October.