Reaseheath College was a major sponsor of last weekend’s hugely successful Nantwich Food Festival, a three-day event which attracted a 40,000-plus record crowd, raised the profile of local businesses and delivered a substantial boost to the local economy.

The Reaseheath Food Theatre in the town centre’s Love Lane drew capacity audiences to demonstrations by celebrities  including TV chef Dean Edwards, Elliot Hill, Executive Chef at The Chester Grosvenor, and our own highly talented Bakery and Patisserie Course Manager Sam Copeland, who impressed visitors with a stunning cake decorating display.

Sam, who has been a lecturer with us for nine years, showed an appreciative audience how to decorate an Autumn themed cake while at the same time promoting the bakery and patisserie courses we offer at Reaseheath and at University Centre Reaseheath. Sam also judged the Festival’s Victoria Sponge competition alongside Lizzie Acker (Great British Bake-Off) and Jill Weatherburn,  (food stylist and home economist).

Other members of staff supported our stand and promoted our food based courses and trial facilities for businesses, and our Crop Innovation Manager Peter Gould sold produce grown in our glasshouses such as tomatoes, chillies and herbs.

On behalf of the organising committee, Festival Chairwoman Chris Farrall said: “We would like to send a special ‘thank you’ to Nantwich Town Council and Cheshire East Council plus all our generous festival sponsors. Your support enables the event to take place each year for the benefit of Nantwich businesses and to encourage visitors to return to the town.”