The Food Festival in Nottingham is now in its fourth year of operation and after the huge success of last years’ fair, organisers We Are Nottingham, the Business Improvement District (BID) for licensed premises in the city centre and headline sponsor for 2012 local low cost airline, bmibaby, are preparing to add even more ingredients to the mix.
Running from Wednesday 4 July until Sunday 8 July, the food festival is back and bigger than ever! As seen in the previous years, the centrepiece of the festival will be the local and regional food and drink market situated in Market Square. With over 40 stalls available for visitors to browse, try and buy, it’s a fun and interactive way to engage with local producers and growers whilst trying new foods or just enjoying your favourite ones! The market will also feature a new beer and wine sampling area which will be well stocked with a huge selection of wines and locally produced real ales.
The demo theatre that proved highly popular will also be making a reappearance but will be bigger and better than ever! Expanded for 2012, the demo theatre will now be able to hold more participants then last year, allowing more people get involved in the various programmes and master classes run by the bars and restaurants throughout the festival. With everything from sushi making to blind cocktail testing, it’s a great way to get everyone together and learn something new! There will also be a huge amount of special offers available to tempt diners to sample the wide variety of cuisines that the restaurants in Nottingham to offer. Sylvia Oates, chief executive of We Are Nottingham, commented:
“We’re thrilled to be back for 2012 and to have bmibaby on board for a five-day celebration of Nottingham’s vibrant food and drink offering.
“The new beer and wine marquee is something that we’ve been looking at for a while and will be a showcase area for some of the finest wine producers and the region’s outstanding breweries and microbreweries.
“This year, we’ve made the decision to extend the demonstration area so that even more people can enjoy the demos and pick up some inspiration. We have some talented chefs in this city and this is all about showcasing their talents and making them the stars of the show.
“Last year’s event was our busiest yet, and with the new elements and varied programme, I’m confident that 2012 will be a record year for the bmibaby Nottingham Food and Drink Festival.”
bmibaby will have their own stall at the festival, offering people the chance to win flights from East Midlands airport.
Julian Carr, managing director, bmibaby, said:
“As an East Midlands based airline it is great for us to get involved with the local community and we are really excited to be the sponsor of the bmibaby Nottingham Food and Drink Festival.
“Nottingham has a fantastic mix of food and drink venues and we are proud to support this platform for them to showcase their talent.”
Has this sneak preview of Nottingham’s fourth annual Food and Drink festival whet your appetite? Why not browse our restaurants in Nottingham to get an idea of what you could be trying and making at the 2012 fair.