Organisers of the 13th annual Melton Mowbray Food Festival are expecting a record number of visitors to attend the town’s cattle market this weekend.
The two-day event, which is on 10am to 5pm on Saturday and 10am to 4pm on Sunday, will see more than 180 food and drink exhibitors from across the East Midlands pitch up with lots of delicious treats.
Food-lovers will be able to sample artisan cheeses, real ales, steamed puddings, gourmet British game and muscles from France.
In addition to the traditional, local specialities of Melton Mowbray Pork Pies and Stilton Cheese, visitors will also be able to taste and buy food and delicacies from across the UK and around the world, with UK and international street food available in a special catering area.
There will be a professional food theatre where visitors can enjoy a full programme of talks and demonstrations by experts and children have their own dedicated family fun area where they can learn about food. Entertainment will be provided by the New St George Morris dancers and the Melstrum Ukulele Band.
The festival is organised by the Melton Mowbray Food Partnership with main sponsorship from Samworth Brothers and the support of the Melton Mowbray Market.
Dr Matthew O’Callaghan OBE, chairman of the Melton Mowbray Food Partnership, said: “Last year’s festival was a roaring success with many favourite producers returning as well as new exhibitors offering something new to the several thousands of people who visited and enjoyed the event.
“We’re confident this year will prove to be bigger and better, and that people will take the opportunity to sample and buy some of the best-tasting local produce in the country.”
Tickets are £6 on the day or £5 in advance from www.go leicestershire.com/foodfesti val online or in person from Ye Olde Pork Pie Shoppe in Melton. Entry is free for children under 16. Visit www.melton mowbrayfoodfestival.co.uk