A HEREFORDSHIRE market town is hosting its first major festival since the pandemic struck.

Kington Winter Food Festival is returning this Saturday (December 4) from 9.30am to 4.30pm. Prior to Covid, the festival had run for 16 consecutive years.

One of the organisers Pam Peek said the festival was a "shop window" for artisan food-makers from Herefordshire and the surrounding areas.

"The event has gone from just about 15 stalls when we first started to around 100 in recent years," she said.

"There will be lots of ciders, gins and cocktails. Cheese from Wales, and food from our local deli."

Local producers such as Hereford burger joint Beefy Boys, Orgasmic cider, jam and chutney makers Myrtle's Kitchen and blackcurrant liqueur-makers White Heron, will be among those exhibiting food and drinks at the event.

Visitors will also be treated to live musical performances from choirs and street buskers, as well as a visit from Father Christmas.

Mrs Peek said as well as showcasing local businesses, the event was great for getting people into Kington and boosting the town's profile.

The festival will be following Covid guidelines and masks will be offered to visitors.