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Mold Food Festival could look for bigger premises

MOLD Food Festival has already booked 11 times more exhibitors for next year’s festival than this time last year – and is on the look out for bigger premises.

Chairman John Les Tomos has announced 22 exhibitors have already signed up for next year’s festival on September 22-23, which he promises will be bigger than ever.

“This time last year we only had two exhibitors signed up, but now we have 22!” he said.

“We had 111 exhibitors at this year’s festival and I had to turn 23 away because we didn’t have room. Now I have the challenge of doing something about it.

“Maybe we’ll use a different site in Mold because the car park isn’t big enough. I’ll see what the possibilities are.

“It’s a big challenge but a nice challenge. We need to expand it, but control it.”

An exit poll done over the weekend showed 90% of visitors to the festival had come to Mold specifically for the event, and that 70% of those people had also gone on to shop in the town centre.

This year was the sixth festival in the town and attracted more than 12,500 visitors who came to enjoy live music, demonstrations from celebrity chef Jean-Christophe Novelli and Deeside catering students, childrens’ activities, honey bees in action, and more than 100 food and drink exhibitors.

Visitor numbers were 1,500 up on last year.

Exhibitors from across North Wales sold their cheese, fresh meats, beers, fruit and vegetables, honey, ice creams, homemade cakes and specially-produced Welsh liqueurs.

The weather was warm and dry and organisers say they are already looking forward to next year.

Visit www.moldfoodfestival.co.uk to sign up to next year’s event.