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Sent: Mon, April 11, 2022
Updated: Mon 11.04
A post-pandemic restart is set to breathe new life into one of North Wales’ premier food festivals.
The Mold Food & Drink Festival returns after a two-year absence, with the extravaganza set to take place this September.
The Covid pandemic has put the New Street Festival on hold but the event will return this autumn with a focus on supporting Wales’ food service providers alongside the country’s finest chefs.
The forced hiatus gave organizers a chance to take a look at the festival’s longevity and reflect on future succession planning.
Run by volunteers with little external funding, the two-day event has grown in strength as attendance has increased.
Festival vice-chairman Richard Howells said increasing the number of organizing committee members is now high on the agenda.
He said: “A lot of time and effort, blood, sweat, tears and laughter goes into the festival.
“Few people know that the hard work is done solely by a team of volunteers who sacrifice their time to bring this event to Mold.”
“It’s a tight-knit team but the pandemic has shown us that there is an urgent need to think about the legacy of the festival – who will the current organizers hand over to and when.”
“It’s important to future-proof the festival so it can last for generations, and that means welcoming more volunteers on board now.”
Organizers have a range of options available, from organizing committee seats to volunteering during the festival weekend.
Any ability, knowledge or talent will be considered.
“We have a number of volunteer opportunities,” added Richard, who chairs the festival committee alongside Gwenan Roberts.
“There are opportunities to join the organizing committee, which meets monthly.”
“This group helps set the direction for the festival and ensures the best use of time, resources and finances.”
“Alternatively, it is possible to volunteer for the event weekend, from helping out in the office to reaching out to chefs, exhibitors and guests.”
“All you need is to be ready and energetic, and we can provide the rest through training. Above all, a warm welcome is guaranteed.”
- Anyone wishing to know more should contact Richard via firstname.lastname@example.org
- This year’s festival takes place on September 17th and 18th.
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