Melton Food Festival dishes up exotic treats

Stephen Hallam gives a hands on demonstration in the live theatre PHOTO: Lionel Heap
Stephen Hallam gives a hands on demonstration in the live theatre PHOTO: Lionel Heap
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An unusually warm two sunny days gave Melton’s Food and Drink Festival one of its best years yet, with dozens of traders attending from far and wide.

Despite Saturday’s footfall being slow to pick up, Sunday saw the fastest start to the two day festival there’s ever been with thousands of visitors flocking to Melton’s Cattle Market to find something to please their palates.

Celebrity chef Rachel Green during her live cookery demonstration PHOTO: Lionel Heap

Celebrity chef Rachel Green during her live cookery demonstration PHOTO: Lionel Heap

One hundred and fifty stalls provided produce from around the world including Morocco, Italy, Greece and Spain.

Food-lovers were able to sample artisan cheeses, gold-infused bubbly, steamed puddings, gourmet British game and locally-brewed ales.

Celebrity chefs, regional cooks and bread makers including Rachel Green, Jo Pratt and Stephen Hallam demonstrated recipes.

A family food and fun area kept children entertained as well as teaching them about food in a fun and interactive way.

Maurice Miller shows off his potato modelling skills PHOTO: Lionel Heap

Maurice Miller shows off his potato modelling skills PHOTO: Lionel Heap

Dr Matthew O’Callaghan (OBE), and chairman of Melton Mowbray Food Partnership who organised the event with the support from Samworth Brothers, NFU Mutual, Bouverie Lodge and Melton Borough Council, said: “The event this year was wonderful and enjoyed by so many people both young and old.

“Attendances and takings were up on last year and we had people visit the festival from as far wide as Essex.

“Some of the best highlights included cooking with cheese demonstrations and talks from celebrity chefs in the live food theatre.

“Next year we’re working on a plan to encourage even more local businesses and exhibitors to come to the event to keep putting Melton and the borough on the map.”