ONE of the UK’s biggest touring food festivals – run by a Warrington family – will be throwing its events again from the end of May.

Daniel Maycock had to cancel every date for the Great British Food Festival in 2020 – describing it as a ‘rubbish’ year for the events industry.

If everything stays to plan with the government’s Covid ‘roadmap’, the former Bridgewater High student’s family will be visiting 10 venues around the country.

This includes Arley Hall on September 25 and 26.

Daniel, who runs the company from Appleton, said: “I think we can all agree last year was rubbish, and the events industry was hit pretty hard – we had to cancel our whole year of events, and as a small company that was a real blow.

“I also felt really sorry for a lot of our stalls holders, who could no longer sell their products at markets and events, as well as all our suppliers – small, local companies that we use to bring in things like site power, toilets, and stewarding, were all really badly hit.

“But we are excited to be back, we hope people will want to come out and support events again.

“We are just really looking forward to seeing people again and feeling that atmosphere which only comes from live events.”

The line-up includes around 100 Best of British producers and street food vendors, celebrity chef demos, talks, kids’ cookery lessons, live music, a ‘Cake Off’ and ‘Men v Food’ competitions, a barbecue stage and a new ‘Grow your Own’ Stage.

Daniel’s event has achieved the ‘Good to Go’ Covid accreditation.

He added: “We are doing everything required and more to make the events Covid secure, we have the ‘Good to Go’ award and have implemented a number of changes for this year, such as advanced ticket sales only at our early events, timed slot entry, one-way systems, hand sanitiser stations around site and extra cleaning staff on site.

“We feel we have made the events really safe, best of all they are all outside in the fresh air, so people can relax and enjoy the surroundings with some great food and drink.”

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