A LITTER-picking hawk is limbering up for a stint at the Nantwich Food & Drink Festival.
Passion the hawk has developed a talent for picking up litter and is especially distracted by colourful crisp packets and plastic bags.
Twelve wild birds will be at the eighth annual festival which claims to be the greenest food festival in the country. It takes place from September 26-28 on Mill Island.
But Passion’s tidying up is causing a real headache for trainer James Hill. He said: “She has always been a real character, but I’m a bit baffled by this litter- picking business.
“It’s all very well keeping the place clean but it can sometimes be frustrating when you’re in the middle of a training session. Hopefully, I will have got him out of the habit by the time the festival starts in September.”
The festival will feature Low Mileage Menus, a Love Food, Hate Waste campaign, locally-produced organic beers, concessions for visitors travelling with a low carbon footprint and recyclable glass water bottles instead of plastic.
A host of attractions including a village pub, ‘Taste of the Festival’ marquee, Kids’ Kitchen and cocktail workshops will be there as well as the CAMRA Beer Festival and Farmers’ Market.
Entrance is £4 on the Friday and £5 on the Saturday and Sunday. Buy advance tickets by calling 01270 537359 or from www.nantwichfood festival.co.uk.