Stone has a well-earned reputation as the ‘foodie capital’ of North Staffordshire – thanks to a vibrant scene of independent bars, restaurants, independent shops, its monthly Farmers’ Market and the annual Stone Food & Drink Festival, which draws some 20,000 visitors into the town over the first weekend of October every year.
The Farmers’ Market was originally part of the first ever Stone Food & Drink Festival, back in 2005, when a group of like-minded locals banded together to create an event that would help breathe life back into Stone High Street. So popular was that Farmers’ Market that the Borough Council approached the festival team about making it a monthly event; with the council managing stall holder applications and the volunteer team from the festival handling marketing and logistics. This successful recipe has seen Stone Farmers’ Market grow into Staffordshire’s biggest and best Farmers’ Market.
Renowned for the quality and range of stallholders, the great range of local eateries, shops selling everything from food and clothing to gifts and hardware. Farmers’ Market day in Stone provides an experience that is a refreshing antidote to modern supermarket shopping.
Stone’s historic architecture and towpath walks make it the ideal place to while away a few hours once you’ve filled your baskets at the farmers’ market, with the great range of local bars and eateries offering ample choices for refreshment during your day out.