We are, supposedly, in the middle of the Great British summertime. Despite the rain and the clouds, this also means that many counties across the UK are preparing to host their annual food festivals.
Designed to showcase the great things that can be found in each county, food festivals also raise awareness around local suppliers, growers and breeders that work hard to ensure that we can enjoy delicious British produce at its very best.
To make sure you don’t miss a thing, we’ve collected a list of the food festivals running across the areas that we operate in in the East Midlands and the North.
Two festivals that have been and gone and been, once again, incredibly successful are the Leeds Food Festival and the Derbyshire Food and Drink Festival. The Leeds fest and the Yorkshire Food and Drink Festival ran from the 25th-27th May and included live cooking demonstrations and book signings from celebrity Chef Brian Turner as well as great offers from restaurants such as Chino Latino and the Fourth Floor Café at Harvey Nichols. The Derbyshire Food and Drink Fair ran from the 26th-27th May and saw 150 stalls congregate to showcase the best local produce from Derbyshire and the Peak District as well as live cookery demonstrations and exotic cuisines from further afield.
Upcoming festivals include the Leicester Big Eat which begins on the 2nd of July. This is the third annual Big Eat and is set to be bigger than ever with more restaurants such as Cedars Lebanese, Bobby’s vegetarian restaurant, Fat Cat and Maiyango getting involved! Many restaurants across the city will be offering great discounts and there is also free parking throughout the city centre for one night only!
The Nottingham Food Festival is set to wow locals for another year. From the 4th-8th July the Market Square will be transformed into a thriving market complete with local produce stalls, catering tents, live cookery demonstrations, a stage for entertainment and a new wine and beer tasting area! For more information on the Nottingham Food and Drink Festival 2012, simply follow the link.
On the 21st July, the Oundle Food Festival will showcase the very best local produce from Northamptonshire and Oundle and Times food columnist Joanna Weinberg will be preparing some of her favourite dishes from her book Cooking for Real Life.
In September, Sheffield makes way for its annual food festival that runs for three days from the 14th to the 16th and is a celebration of cooking, eating and growing. Following closely behind is the Rutland Food Festival on the 15th of September. Held as part of Rutland Day, the food festival offers everyone from small family run farm shops to traditional bakeries and award winning butchers to showcase their produce and really get the community involved.
So what are you waiting for? Get those diaries out and the dates pencilled in as there are some unmissable events just round the corner…