Alsager brings a little Italy to Cheshire East

On Sunday 8th September, Alsager Partnership transformed the town into a little Italy with the town’s annual food & drink festival… bringing a little taste of Italy to Cheshire East along with a record number of visitors to the festival.

In its fifth year, thousands of visitors once more flocked to Alsager to enjoy an array of fabulous food, family fun, Italian supercars and Scooters alongside street performers, live entertainment, competitions and more.  This was an occassion of interest to all ages.

The event was opened by local opera singer Denise Leigh and her husband Stefan Andrusyschyn, who wowed the audience prior to an incredible display of Ferrari cars, Lamborghini’s and Italian Scooters roaring through the streets.

More live entertainment followed with Baldini and Eve Ella from Circus In A Box who performed tricks on stilts and fire breathing.  Organiser, Maria Ashdown, Project Manager at Alsager Partnership, said: “I adore delivering events to Alsager, but this is without a doubt my favourite in the Partnership’s calendar. Now in its fifth year, this event is well established within the community and we are always excited by the growing number of visitors attracted to the town. There are many food festivals around, but nothing which is Italian themed and so we feel we have something quite unique in the area. We are fortunate to be supported by local Italian business Romazzino Restaurant, who are very hands-on throughout the day and our lead sponsors. We are also grateful to our additional sponsors BS Marson & Sons Ltd and Steelite International”.

In addition to the entertainment and food, there was a Melon Eating Competition with first prize awarded to Jon Twigg; this challenged contestants to eat as much melon as possible, with a small spoon and one hand behind their back, the winner took home a £50 voucher to spend at Romazzino Restaurant in Alsager. There was a raffle with a 1st prize Ferrari Experience Day donated by Drive Me and a Children’s Fancy Dress Competition with a prize of a pizza party for ten children at Romazzino Restaurant, this was judged by Chairman of Alsager Town Council, Councillor Rod Fletcher and Chairman of Alsager Partnership, John Poulson. The fancy dress prize went to brother and sister joint winners James and Matilda Paton for their Mona Lisa and Leonardo De Vinci.

Mrs Ashdown added: “It was a fabulous day with the number of visitors exceeding our expectations, each year we think bigger and better, we provide more food traders and yet this year many of the traders still ran out of food. All can say is that we must be doing something right! Local singers Salvatore Tuzzi and Dean Lanza were brought back by popular demand and closed the celebrations.  What an incredible day, we are already looking forward to next year”.

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