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You Can Almost Smell The Mouth-Watering Aromas
There was something to tempt the taste-buds of each and every one of the thousands of people who flocked to the mouth-watering Lichfield Food Festival.

Lichfield Food Festival, Lichfield Cathedral
Some of the stalls at Cathedral Close


The free-entry event seemed to take over the historic cathedral city for the two days of the Bank Holiday weekend on Saturday 29 August and Sunday 30 August.

More than a hundred food and drink stalls were crammed into the main Three Spires Shopping Centre and along key city centre streets throughout the two days.

Lichfield Food Festival, Three Spires shopping centre
The food market at Three Spires shopping centre


The stalls, which formed part of Central England Co-operative's Festival Market, showcased exotic foods from around the world ranging from Jamaican delicacies and Indian spices to kangaroo burgers presumably originating from Australia.

Lichfield Food Festival, Kangaroo burgers
Kangaroo burgers on the menu


But there was also a range of other food delights, including award-winning chutneys, specialty meats, cheeses, jams, honey, honey, cakes, and so much more.

Heather's Harvest, chutney, Lichfield Food Festival
Award-winning chutney from Heather's Harvest


It's enough to make you hungry just listing the wares that were on offer, and there was plenty of opportunity over the weekend to sample many of the food items as you wandered along in true 'try before you buy' tradition.

Fortunately, if you needed help to find out the best liquid refreshment to wash all the food down, there were a number of local breweries and other drinks companies to choose from, including Quartz Brewing based at nearby Kings Bromley.

Shed Bar, Lichfield Cathedral, Lichfield Food Festival
One of the refreshment stations


And if that wasn't enough to 'wet the whistle' there was a celebration of local ales and ciders at Lichfield Arts' Best of Local Brewers event within the Guildhall.

The Green in front of Lichfield Cathedral was also attracting plenty of visitors, thanks in part to the very reasonably priced temporary tea room and the live cookery demonstrations in front of the cathedral itself.

Beez Neez honey, Lichfield Food Festival
Another of the many varied food stalls


Elsewhere, the Bird Street Food Event saw many of that street's popular restaurants opening food stalls in front of their properties from which to sell delicious, freshly cooked cuisine.

And, as well as Cathedral Close, there were also regular live cookery demonstrations inside the Lichfield Garrick theatre which showcased some of the top chefs from across the region, plus cookery and equipment demos in The Kitchen Shop in Market Street.

Lichfield Food Festival, Lichfield Cathedral
The banner advertising this year's Lichfield Food Festival


So, if this has whetted your appetite, please visit the website to find out more about this popular annual event, and to get the date of next year's festival in your diary.
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Why? More Varieties Of Food Than You Could Possibly Imagine
When: 29-30 August 2015
Phone: 01543 308778
Where: 19A The Close, Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 7LD
Cost: Free
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