Music on the Menu at Food Festival!
Visitors to the region’s biggest gastronomic event can also look forward to an exciting menu of musical entertainment over the weekend.
Celebrating its eleventh year, Mold Food & Drink Festival returns to the town on the 17th and 18th September and organisers are reporting that it will be the biggest they have staged to date.
Bands and musicians from across the area will be performing on the outdoor stage over the two days. The stage programme has been coordinated for the first time by volunteer Naomi Griffiths, 20, from Sychdyn and it features a host of new bands. Naomi said: “I’ve enjoyed getting involved with the Festival and being responsible for organising all the acts, it’s been a great experience.
I wanted to mix things up this year in terms of having different genres of music and, hopefully, people will enjoy the variety. I’ve got to know a lot of the local bands over the past few years and it’s been great to give many of them a chance to perform at such a high profile event as the Festival. I’m really excited to see all the performances and I’m sure there will be something to appeal to a broad audience.”
Amongst the bands playing at the Festival for the first time are Strictly Saxes, Yubaba, The Trigger Hounds and musician Jim Bazley. Strictly Saxes, a five piece band with four saxophones plus percussion, will be performing on Saturday with a collection of well-known jazz music, film classics and current tunes. Jonathan Wells from the band said: “We are really looking forward to performing and are excited to make our first appearance on stage at the food festival. We have a great playlist planned with a laidback vibe which should go down well with the early evening drinks.”
Some of the regular bands included in the line up are The Drive, 50 Hertz, The Cheesecutters, Babylon Leaf, Skariad and Backbeat. The Festival will open on both days to the rousing sounds of brass bands with Mold Brass Band playing on Saturday and Northop Brass Band on Sunday.
Finalists from the Mold’s Got Talent competition organised as part of this year’s Mold Carnival will also make an appearance on Saturday afternoon.
The Festival site has been maximised to accommodate a record number of food and drink exhibitors attending this year. Visitors will also be able to sample food on the go in the expanded street food area, watch inspirational celebrity chef cookery demonstrations in the cookery theatre and children can participate in free cookery workshops in the popular children’s cookery school and food science lab.
John Les Tomos, Festival chairman said: “The live music has become a big part of the Festival, it really adds to the feel-good factor. I think Naomi has done a great job in ensuring there is a fresh feel to the line-up of performers this year as well as retaining some of the popular bands that have played previously. Everything is in place for a fantastic weekend!”