HUDDERSFIELD’S annual Food and Drink Festival is going to be bigger than ever.
Council officials were delighted with the success of the Huddersfield Carnival in St George’s Square – and hope the festival next month proves just as popular.
Thousands flocked to the carnival at the weekend and on the back of that success, Kirklees Council has announced that the square’s next big event, the Food and Drink Festival, has been extended.
Stalls and marquees will fill the main square itself between August 12 and 15 and will also be extended towards and along Railway Street.
In all there are 38 marquees and 61 stalls booked in for the festival – a big increase on previous years.
In 2007 there were 28 marquees and 42 stalls, while in 2008 there were 43 individual stalls along New Street and The Piazza, as the square was being renovated.
Last year the festival returned to the square, but in limited form as work was still under way.
A council spokesman said: “The festival’s reputation is really high. The team gets calls every day from more people interested in taking stalls”.
Clr Peter McBride, cabinet member for regeneration said: “It was great to hold one of Huddersfield’s signature events in St George’s Square and see thousands of people enjoy the entertainment and celebrations.
“The next big event to be held in the square will be Huddersfield Food and Drink Festival when we’ll welcome thousands more people into the town centre.
“Having seen how successful events in the square are, Huddersfield Town Centre Partnership have decided to extend the Food and Drink Festival – so that they can invite more stallholders and put on an even bigger event to celebrate the festival’s 10th anniversary.
“So far they’ve increased the number of stalls by 46% and have over 60 different stallholders booked to attend.”
Later on in the year, the square will host the start of the Race for Life 10k run and the popular Zombie Walk, both in October, and the Festival of Light in December.