More than 15,000 free tickets have been snapped up for City of Wolverhampton's inaugural Festival of Food and Drink.

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The weekend festival on Saturday 8 July (1pm to 8pm) and Sunday 9 July (12pm to 7pm) is the flagship event of this year's packed 'Visit the City of Wolverhampton' programme.

There are only 5,000 tickets remaining across both days and booking online in advance at Type=links;Linkid=8559;Title=Food and Drink Festival;Target=_blank; is advised.

If all the tickets are snapped up, and people choose to arrive without a ticket on either day, admission may not be possible. 

Admission without a ticket - if capacity allows - will incur a small charge of £2 on the gate, with £1 going to the Mayor of Wolverhampton's chosen charities and £1 to event costs.

The festival will take place on Wulfruna Street, the Civic Centre Ceremonial car park, St Peter's car park and the pedestrian area outside the University of Wolverhampton's Ambika Paul building.

William Power of Street Banquet and Director of E11EVEN GROUP has staged events across the country, and is delivering the Festival of Food and Drink.

He said: "As a local businessman born in the city, I am delighted to be involved in an event that will bring visitors to Wolverhampton.

"The Festival of Food and Drink, as part of Visit the City of Wolverhampton programme, is a brand new entertainment offer for the city and I am looking forward to my family and friends being part of it."

Councillor John Reynolds, City of Wolverhampton Cabinet Member for City Economy, added: "We are delighted with the amount of interest the city's inaugural food and drink festival has attracted.

"Wolverhampton is a vibrant, thriving city with plenty to offer every day of the year.

"The summer Visit the City of Wolverhampton programme has even more on offer and this festival is a great event all the family can enjoy."

Anyone travelling by car to the event is urged to make their car parking arrangements in advance.

For full details of the fun-packed 'Visit the City' programme of events head to Type=links;Linkid=8542;Title=Enjoy Wolverhampton;Target=_blank;.

  • released: Thursday 6 July, 2017