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East Midlands Food Festival arrives in Melton with lots to eat and drink

Updated: Oct 2, 2022

The East Midlands Food & Drink Festival has arrived in Melton and continues tomorrow (Sunday) at Melton Mowbray Market.

Recently renamed The Stockyard, the event is taking place at Melton Mowbray Market on Scalford Road, a culmination of local producers.

There's lots to see and do (and taste) at the event which is in its 19th year.

Stephen Hallam demonstrates how to make a Melton Mowbray Pork Pie. Photo: NEMM

It's the 19th year of the festival and the 18th actual festival due to the Coronavirus pandemic and features over 100 stalls of local producers from the food and drink industry.

A visitor samples some local produce at the East Midlands Food & Drink Festival on Saturday. Photo: NEMM

There's also a chance to hear from the people in the know with the demonstration kitchen where well-known speakers such as Stephen Hallam (formerly of Samworth Brothers/Dickinson & Morris) and celebrity chefs Teresa Bovey and Rachel Green who will be cooking up a storm.

Local producers are also on hand to show off their products in the hope that you're preparing for Christmas early with lots of food and drink on offer to taste and buy.

Bollywood dancers entertain the crowds around Samosa Wallah's 'very tastee' stall on Saturday. Photo: NEMM

Famed for its artisan producers of cheese, pies, charcuterie, chocolate and all sorts of goodies, the festival is one of the largest UK regional food festivals. A number of them offer tasters to tempt you to buy.

There's lots of tasty things to eat and drink at the festival which continues on Sunday. Photo: NEMM

The festival also boasts and array of drink producers from cider and beer to the strong spirits such as artisan gin and whisky. All of these stands are under cover and so accessible whatever the weather.

A Kids Zone will keep the children engaged and educated. Chocolate, Butter and Pie Making.

Martin Fagen (Right) and a colleague from the first aid team check Batman is ok at the festival. Photo: NEMM

An award winning gospel choir and other musicians will provide entertainment with a variety of street food for those who get hungry during the Festival. El-Eaga Gospel Choir, Melstrum Ukulele Band, Melton Musical Theatre (Sunday)

Hundreds of people visited on Saturday with more expected on Sunday as the festival continues. Photo: NEMM

Tickets are £6 per day per person in advance or on the gate. Children 16 and under can enter free but must be accompanied by an adult.

Visitors to the event on Saturday came from a number of different places including Ashby-De-La-Zouch, Essex and Glouctershire.

Melton's award winning Round Corner Brewing will also be open during the event with its beer available for sale both in the taproom and to take away and enjoy at home.

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