STROUD was a 'busy' and 'happy place' on the weekend as families and friends flocked to the annual festival of food and drink.

The Stroud Festival of Food and Drink took place from Friday to Sunday with many enjoying the event which coincided with the warm weather.

Families and friends gathered at the town centre to enjoy the annual event which was jam-packed with cookery demonstrations, food talks, live music, children's entertainment, food trucks and bars.

Visitors celebrated the best local food producers in the area under blue skies and sunshine.

There was a range of food and drink in London Road, Fawkes Place and Lansdown and a dedicated area for children's activities in Bank Gardens.

Stroud News and Journal: May 18 2024

Copyright Photographer Simon Pizzey 
Stroud Festival of Food and Drink

Fawkes PlaceNew mayor of Stroud, Tony Davey, said: "It was great to see the town transformed this weekend for the Stroud Festival of Food and Drink.

"The change in weather certainly brought people out in good numbers, enjoying both the visiting businesses and those who are established within the town.

"Not only do events like these bring in extra footfall at the time, they are an important element of our tourism calendar, serving to give people a taste of what the town and the surrounds have to offer and return again - whether they are local or live farther afield.

"This is essential for our local economy.

"Further, the provision of free presentations during the festival means there is something for everyone to enjoy, including the buzz of a busy and happy place.

"My thanks go to the organisers, staff and volunteers who put in time to make this happen, and the Neighbourhood Policing Team who were also working hard to keep everyone safe and supported during the busiest of times."

All images by photographer Simon Pizzey.