Thousands attend St Albans Food and Drink Festival

PUBLISHED: 16:27 03 October 2017 | UPDATED: 16:27 03 October 2017

The Jolly Sailor pub van serves drinks to the food festival  visitors.

Picture: Craig Shepheard

The Jolly Sailor pub van serves drinks to the food festival visitors. Picture: Craig Shepheard

FM Expert Ltd 2017 (C)

Crowds braved the drizzle to attend St Albans Food and Drink Festival's six-hour long street party.

Visitors tried out the free cheese samples at the St Albans Food and Drink Festival 2017

Picture: Craig ShepheardVisitors tried out the free cheese samples at the St Albans Food and Drink Festival 2017 Picture: Craig Shepheard

More than 15,000 people filled the city centre for the ‘Feastival’, a highlight of the annual, ten-day event, and browsed over 75 stalls showcasing a variety of food and drink products, many from local suppliers.

The event featured a cookery theatre, a pop-up restaurant and a farm provided by Oaklands College. There was also live music, children’s workshops, a display of butchery skills, a cocktail and real ale bar on a village green and a champagne bus.

Visitors tried out the free cheese samples at the St Albans Food and Drink Festival 2017

Picture: Craig ShepheardVisitors tried out the free cheese samples at the St Albans Food and Drink Festival 2017 Picture: Craig Shepheard

The Food and Drink Festival, which celebrates its 10th birthday this year, runs until Saturday, October 7.

Cllr Beric Read, portfolio holder for business and the community at St Albans district council, said: ““The street party gets better and better every year and I am thrilled that we achieved record crowds despite the occasional spot of rain.

The cheese stall was popular at the St Albans Food and Drink Festival 2017

Picture: Craig ShepheardThe cheese stall was popular at the St Albans Food and Drink Festival 2017 Picture: Craig Shepheard

A young lady holding a drink at the St Albans Food and Drink Festival 2017

Picture: Craig ShepheardA young lady holding a drink at the St Albans Food and Drink Festival 2017 Picture: Craig Shepheard

A close up of bread being sold at the St Albans Food and Drink Festival 2017

Picture: Craig ShepheardA close up of bread being sold at the St Albans Food and Drink Festival 2017 Picture: Craig Shepheard

A queue for the Pudding Shop coffee van.

Picture: Craig ShepheardA queue for the Pudding Shop coffee van. Picture: Craig Shepheard

A cook stirs up a large paella during the St Albans Food and Drink Festival 2017

Picture: Craig ShepheardA cook stirs up a large paella during the St Albans Food and Drink Festival 2017 Picture: Craig Shepheard

A man serves a portion of paella during the St Albans Food and Drink Festival 2017

Picture: Craig ShepheardA man serves a portion of paella during the St Albans Food and Drink Festival 2017 Picture: Craig Shepheard

A stall holder pours out batter for a crepe during the St Albans Food and Drink Festival 2017

Picture: Craig ShepheardA stall holder pours out batter for a crepe during the St Albans Food and Drink Festival 2017 Picture: Craig Shepheard

A stall holder serves up some food during the St Albans Food and Drink Festival 2017

Picture: Craig ShepheardA stall holder serves up some food during the St Albans Food and Drink Festival 2017 Picture: Craig Shepheard

Phil Thompson (L) performing a cookery masterclass during the St Albans Food and Drink Festival


Picture: Craig ShepheardPhil Thompson (L) performing a cookery masterclass during the St Albans Food and Drink Festival Picture: Craig Shepheard

A market stall holder cooks his sausages for the food festival goers.

Picture: Craig ShepheardA market stall holder cooks his sausages for the food festival goers. Picture: Craig Shepheard

A young man is pleased with his purchase of a flame grilled burger.

Picture: Craig ShepheardA young man is pleased with his purchase of a flame grilled burger. Picture: Craig Shepheard

A young man buys a flame grilled burger.

Picture: Craig ShepheardA young man buys a flame grilled burger. Picture: Craig Shepheard

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