Youngsters will be inspired at the Stone Food & Drink Festival

The 2012 Stone Food and Drink Festival, which takes place from the 5th-7th October, will have more than ever to keep young visitors entertained.

As well as the usual rides the festival has in place, this year will see the addition of the ‘Little Foodies’ marquee, which will be at the main site of the festival at Westbridge Park, and has a host of activities for little ones on the Saturday and the Sunday of the festival.

Kate, who works for Kiddy Cook in North Staffordshire and runs parties and cookery classes for youngsters in and around the Stoke area, will be there hosting a series of sessions across the weekend. Those children who participate will have an introduction to the 5 basic tastes; salty, sour, sweet, bitter and umami.

This will be done using basic ingredients such as salt, sugar, tonic water and citric acid, and will be followed by several experiments that will help them to understand the role that senses play in distinguishing between flavours. This will also help the kids to truly discover their own individual taste buds.

Following this fascinating introduction to the science of food, the kids will get the chance to work as a group to cook a delicious, healthy tomato soup from scratch – before tasting the fruits of their labours with bread and some butter they have just churned by hand. To round each session off, a carbon dioxide rocket will be launched to show them what makes the bread that they’ve just eaten rise!

In between Kiddy Cook sessions there will still be plenty to keep youngsters entertained; Melanie from Melody Time will host sessions packed with songs, rhymes and musical games, a face painter will help transform little ones into their favourite animal, there will be fairground rides to enjoy, a coconut shy and a ten pin bowling alley.

Following its success at last year’s festival, Treasure Trails Staffordshire will once again set a cryptic trail of food-themed clues to guide families around the Westbridge Park site, with the chance to win a great prize once all the clues have been solved.

Festival Chairman Richard Stevens says: “The Stone Food and Drink Festival is all about giving the community a great event to enjoy; and we’re committed to ensuring all our visitors have plenty to keep them occupied whether they’re 5 or 95!

We were delighted with the response to the treasure trail last year and the fairground rides are always popular, so it seemed a natural progression as the festival continues to grow to offer even more for our youngest visitors, and hopefully help inspire a passion for food and cooking in the next generation.

We full anticipate both the Kiddy Cook and Melody Time sessions to be very popular, so will be running a number of sessions on both Saturday and Sunday and parents will be able to sign up their children for a slot on arrival.”

Another thing that makes the Stone Food and Drink Festival so great for families is that accompanied under-16s get free entry to the main site at Westbridge Park.

Adults, meanwhile, will pay £6pp for a single day ticket or £15pp for a three-day pass, with tickets available to purchase on the gate. Those who wish to avoid the queues on festival day, however, are advised to visit www.stonefooddrink.org.uk  to purchase tickets in advance; allowing them to use a special ‘fast track’ lane.