Thousands visit East Midlands Food Festival in Melton

The East Midlands Food & Drink Festival returned to Melton at the weekend bringing with it thousands of visitors to sample local and national delights.


The event, which was cancelled last year due to the Coronavirus pandemic, was held at Melton Mowbray Market in Scalford Road and had samples of everything from pastries to chip shop curry flavoured cheese.


Market traders from the region and across the country visited to sell their produce and visitors were also able to touch up their culinary skills courtesy of the food demonstration theatre.



Visitors enjoy a demonstration from professional home Economist Teresa Bovey on Sunday. Photo: NEMM.


Those attending the event were also lucky enough to be treated to a performance from Britain's Got Talent Semi-Finalists the DMU Gospel Choir who sang in the performance tent to massive cheers from the audience.



The DMU Gospel Choir in full voice at the East Midlands Food Festival in Melton. Photo: NEMM.


Event Organiser Matthew O'Callaghan said: "It was fantastic to be back with the festival despite Covid, fuel shortages, bad weather and the rest. We had up to 7000 happy visitors and very happy traders. The best stand was JS Artisan - beautiful pastries."


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. It is part of a group of events with its sister events Pie Fest & Choc Fest being held at the market in November.


Crowds in the entertainment tent enjoying the sounds of the DMU Gospel Choir on Sunday. Photo: NEMM.


Another popular attraction at this year's event was chef Marianne Lumb, who reached the finals of MasterChef: The Professionals in 2009 and appeared in a Christmas edition of the show last year. Marianne was demonstrating her seven steps to soufflé success.

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