Thousands expected at St Albans Feastival

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News release: 20 September 2019

Thousands of people are expected to enjoy the signature dish of the St Albans Food and Drink Festival – a six-hour-long street party.

Feastival 2018
The City Centre will be taken over on Sunday 29 September for the free-to-attend family event called The St Albans Feastival.

Among the attractions will be more than 90 stalls to showcase products such as craft beers, flavoured gins, cheeses and artisan breads with many from local producers.

There will also be a cookery theatre featuring demonstrations of culinary skills by some of the District’s finest chefs, the Brooklyn Brewery Bus, pop-up restaurants, a tastings tent and Oaklands College Farm.

Live music will be provided by some of the District’s most talented musicians while there will be plenty of children’s activities including seed planting and a teddy bears picnic area.

The action, centred on St Peter’s Street and Market Place, begins at noon and goes on until 6pm. 

Now in its 12th year, the Food and Drink Festival is organised by St Albans City and District Council with the help of a steering group.

Councillor Mandy McNeil, the Council’s Portfolio Holder for Business, Culture and Tourism, said: “The St Albans Feastival is one of the biggest City centre events of the year, a truly fantastic occasion that is most definitely not to be missed.

“I’m always amazed at just how good the District’s food and drink businesses are, the quality, creativity and diversity are outstanding. It’s of great importance to the local economy as a whole, providing jobs, attracting visitors and the St Albans Feastival is a marvellous showcase for them. 

“It’s a vibrant occasion for people of all ages and backgrounds who want to experience new tastes, learn new kitchen skills or just have some fun. 

“There’s something for everyone, many of the activities are free, our local musical superstars are on stage – it’s just a great afternoon out for the whole family.” 

The Food and Drink Festival, which promotes all aspects of the District’s booming food and drink industry, runs from Monday 23 September to Sunday 6 October.

Among the other highlights are Gin & Jazz, an evening of music as well as food and drink tastings in George Street on Friday 4 October.

On Saturday 28 September, the 9am Verulamium Park Run will be joined by Athena Ladies Running Club who will be handing out jelly babies and other surprises.

Legendary real ale expert Roger Protz will be hosting a beer tasting event at Lussmanns Restaurant on Sunday 30 September at a ticket-only event.

A vegan street market will be staged on St Peter’s Street on Sunday 6 October, bringing the Festival to a close.

More information about the Feastival and a full list of Festival events including details about tickets and prices can be found here:

Cllr McNeil said: “The Festival is a marvellous event that goes from strength to strength and I urge people to take a look at what’s on offer and sample of it.”

Picture: Scene from last year.

Councillor contact: Mandy McNeil, Portfolio Holder for Business, Culture and; 07854-198999.

Media contact: John McJannet, Principal Communications Officer: 01727 819533