CHEESE and ale will be on the menu in Stafford as the town gears up for a raft of events this year.
Organisers are on the look-out for more businesses to take part in the event, the first of its kind in Stafford town centre, on May 17.
Stafford Borough Council and the Town Centre Partnership are joining forces to stage the festival, which will include the chance to taste a wide range of cheese and ales, as well as demonstrations.
One marquee will have a number of stalls for businesses to sell their products, while the other will host talks and demonstrations.
If successful organisers hope it will become a permanent fixture on the town’s event’s calendar.
Councillor Frances Beatty, cabinet member for planning and regeneration at the borough council, said: “We have a beautiful historic town and lots to be proud of and I think this exciting new initiative will enhance the number of events we have going on in Stafford throughout the year.”
Elsewhere, throughout the year farmers markets are being held in Market Square on the second Saturday of every month, selling meat, preserves and vegetables sourced within a 30 mile radius.
Would-be flippers can show off their skills in the Stafford Pancake Race at 11am in Market Square on Tuesday March 4. Teams of four are invited to take part in the relay.
The 30th anniversary of the Stafford Half Marathon is then marked on Sunday March 16. The event, which has sold out, will begin at 10am in Stafford Street and includes a one mile family fun run in Market Square at 10.10am. Entrants can sign up on the day or visit staffordbc.gov.uk/funrun.
May 10 brings the Mayor’s civic Saturday celebrating the 400th anniversary of the first Mayor of Stafford.
People will be on their bikes on August 1 for the Staffordshire Cycling Festival in the town centre, and from August 18 to 22 the Guildhall Shopping Centre will host a children’s fun week.
Music, drama, art and poetry will fill the town on September 6 for the Stafford Arts Festival, while on September 14 the Battle of Britain Commemoration will be in St Mary’s Church and at both war memorials. This will be followed by the Remembrance Sunday open air service and parade on November 9 in Victoria Square. The Act of Remembrance will take place on Tuesday November 11 at Market Square.
Christmas celebrations in the town centre will begin on November 22 with the Christmas lights switch on and Santa parade. A Victorian market in Market Square the following Saturday, will be followed with a festive farmers market on December 13.