Southend Carnival Events is the operational arm of Southend Carnival Association which has been raising funds for the community for over 100 years. 2017 is the Southend Alternative City of Culture and the 125th Anniversary of the Borough of Southend. We offered to support this by organising a food and drink festival and in June 16 sought a partner organisation to support us. From the very initial contact to the current time I have found Food Festivals Ltd to be open to new ways of working; not least to operate out of their usual patch and found they had innovative ideas and solid experience of the operational issues in events of this scale. We have quickly formed a close working partnership and have been able to resolve issues quickly and get the project off the ground in a short space of time . We hope this will be the start of a long and fruitful relationship.

Garry Lowen, Chair of Southend Carnival

I have been working with Cathy and Food Festivals Ltd for over a year. Having just joined the RHS, it was a huge support to be able to discuss two big events with her, leaning on her expertise and know how. She enabled us to reach some great new suppliers and made for smooth planning of the events, we are looking forward to our continued working relationship as we plan large scale future events at RHS Gardens, Harlow Carr.

Amy Croxton, Events Manager, RHS Harlow Carr

We are a small Artisan Preserve Company based in West Yorkshire, we have been working with Food Festivals and Cathy for about a four years now and we couldn’t be happier. The organisation and the events them selves are always excellent. The event staff are friendly and more than happy to help. Cannon Hall Food Festival and Elsecar Flavours Festival were especially nice to attend. The team are fantastic at answering our questions quickly and have helped us to further our brand and grow our client base. We cant wait to work with them again.

Francesca, Peckish Kitchen co.

We have been in close contact with Food Festivals LTD for almost four years now, hosting a Food and Drink Festival which attracted over 50,000 visitors in its first year alone. We are an award-winning visitor attraction in our own right, but with the help of Cathy and her team Cannon Hall Farm has become a UK-wide household name.
We are thrilled to work alongside Food Festivals Ltd. Cathy’s experience, determination and drive was apparent in our first meeting, and to this day these qualities have not waned. The company delivers all that we could have ever asked for from an events organisation: innovative ideas; the obtainment of quality exhibitors (from caterers to craft, artisan and product); extensive marketing, from leafleting to Facebook advertisements, and formidable organisation and management of each event.
What’s more, Cathy has a wonderful Festival team, who help in the set-up, running and pack-down of the event. Not only is the task fulfilled to an impeccably high standard, but the team are a pleasure to work with. They always have smiles on their faces, and no job is ever too much bother.
Food Festivals LTD is lucky to have Cathy as Company Director. She is down-to-earth, exceptionally communicative and passionate about delivering stand-out events. The public are always impressed by the products of her labour, and so are we. We could not think of a more meticulous and experienced events organisation, and it is a joy to work with Cathy and her team each year. Long may it continue.

Nicky Hyde, Marketing Manager, Cannon Hall Farm

Nicky Hyde, Marketing Manager, Cannon Hall Farm

Cannon Hall Farm Food Fest

I met Cathy in early 2016 as we embarked on our first ever food festival. Food Festivals Ltd was recommended to me by a contact within the events industry and I was assured that Cathy could help me deliver a high quality event
Cathy and I met to discuss what Food Festivals Ltd  could offer and she was very clear on pricing and what she could do. Cathy was very open and provided me with lots of valuable advice and support; she was always available to speak with and offered ongoing support in the months leading up to the event. I was given weekly updates on bookings and Cathy suggested new opportunities that I hadn’t considered.

Once Cathy was on board, the mammoth planning process was eased as I knew the stall holders had a contact and she was managing the booking process. On the day of the event Cathy managed getting all of the exhibitors on site and set up, without that support I don’t think we could have coped on the day.

The event was a great success and we had lots of positive feedback from visitors and producers. Everyone seemed really happy with how the event was planned and delivered on the day; this was largely due to how well my company and Food Festivals Ltd worked together to deliver a high quality event.

I have learned an enormous amount from Cathy and found her to be professional, supportive and approachable
I would definitely work with Food Festival Ltd again and we are already planning our next event. Experience has taught me that festivals take a lot more work than anticipated, but working with Food Festivals Ltd made the process so much easier and allowed us to deliver what, at times, felt like an impossible task!

Helen Flower, Business Development Manager, Barnsley Council


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