Congleton Food Fair Review

We love Food Fairs and this is the third year running that we have been to the Congleton Food Fair. The fair took place last week and was completely buzzing and amazing. In fact I thought it had more variety when it came to the selection of food and drinks being sold compared to past years. I personally have never seen Congleton High Street as busy as it was during the fair. The high street was full of stalls and people from all walks of life in all shapes and sized were there, some came even in wheel chairs and with their dogs. In this post, I will be sharing some photos of what went on in case you missed the vibrant event.

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As you can see above, there were plenty of yummy food stuff on sale from cheese, sausages, ready made paste, macaroons as well as pastries. I spoke to a few vendors and they all came from different places, the furthers one was from Liverpool.

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The best part about the fair was the variety of street food being sold there from Indian, Chinese, Jamaican, Indonesian, European and more. I personally enjoyed watching families with small kids trying out different types of food, even spicy ones.

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The day was relatively dry but cloudy with occasional rain but that did not stop anyone, lots of people even came with their dogs and wheelchairs. The existing cafe and coffee shops on the high street were certainly buzzing as well. The fair itself was fantastic for Congleton town and local business. Yes it was congested, but nobody minded, the roads were slow especially in the afternoon but there were still plenty of parking available and everything seemed organised. Here’s a short video of some musicians who were entertaining us with their fantastic melody as we shopped.

More photos of entertainers, last year we saw a man on stilts wearing a clown costume, this year it was a baker, he was really friendly and immediately stopped when I asked for a photo. The other clarinet player, stopped talking with the lady just to play me a tune when he saw me with a camera.

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There were tables available although limited for people to sit down and grab a bite. Most people just didn’t mind walking around as they ate their food. There were lots of stalls selling fresh juices, ale as well as a bar selling prosecco.

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More stalls, some were covered while others had a beautifully designed set up. This was the crepe stall which had a long queue.

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More photos of the day, here’s the cheese man from Knutsford. I loved tasting the cheese.  I found stalls which provided samples for people to try did so much better as shoppers like me tried and bought things we would never have.

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More shops, these photos which are being featured are only showcasing a small selection of vendors, there were lots more on the day.

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Some quick tips:
*The fair starts at 10.30am until 4pm and you can easily spend a whole day there.  Personally I love heading there around 11am as its not as busy but everyone has set up and ready.  You also get more time to chat with the vendors and the queue to each stall is much shorter compared to the busier times which is around lunch time.
* Do park your car at a suitable place, there are a number of council car parks in town which is just a short walk away.
* Bring along a large shopping bag with you as most vendors just offer a paper bag or small bags.
* Remember to inform the food stall vendor if you are packing food to take home, as they will use a containers with a lid on it.

 

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