Long Clawson Food Fayre sold lots of gifts to people in the Vale of Belvoir

Emily Collins and Imogen Kingston found some local tasty treats from Melton Cheeseboard and the Fairtrading Post PHOTO: Tim Williams
Emily Collins and Imogen Kingston found some local tasty treats from Melton Cheeseboard and the Fairtrading Post PHOTO: Tim Williams

Around 450 people attended the 18th annual Long Clawson Food Fayre which was held on Saturday in the village hall.

The successful event raised about £3,000 which will be split between St Remigius Church and Long Clawson Village Hall.

Food fans browse the products on the various stalls at the village hall PHOTO: Tim Williams

Food fans browse the products on the various stalls at the village hall PHOTO: Tim Williams

One of the organisers Sally-Ann Shouler said: “Because the fayre started an hour earlier than usual it seemed to be a slow start in terms of footfall, but by 3pm near the end of the day, the hall was still full.

“This year we had fewer villagers attend and more outsiders come from some of the surrounding Vale villages.

“We had a great variety of stalls and lots of the new vendors said to me to tell them when next year’s event is happening so they can return.”

Local businesses who attended included Robert Bowering Butchers, Botterills Poultry, Hambleton Bakery, Cherizena Coffee, Melton Cheeseboard, Belvoir Brewery, Haven Bakery, With Chocolate, Lings Lane Larder, Rutland Charcuterie, Great British Website, Wilsford Fudge, On the Sands Deli, Fairtrading Post and the English Gingerbread Company.

Handmade goods for sale featured preserves, bags, decorations, soft toys, jewellery, pet collars, hand-felted, sewn and embroidered items, painted glass and pottery.

Sally-Ann added: “For kids there was a tombola and junior challenge. Youngsters had to find 24 Olympic medals hidden around the venue, and out of 40 or 50 children only four found all the medals.

“Another highlight was a demonstration on sugar craft, and our raffle which is always a popular attraction had 30 prizes including food and drink hampers, garden centre and restaurant vouchers and Leicester Tigers tickets.”

Next year’s event will take place during the third week of November.