East Midlands food festival ‘bigger and better’ than ever

The Melton Mowbray Food Festival returns in October for its 13th year, promising to be bigger and better than before.

One of the UK’s largest regional food festivals, it takes place in what is called “the UK’s Rural Capital of Food” (October 1-2).

Thousands of visitors are expected to flock to Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire to try locally produced food and drink at the covered Cattle Market.

As well as traditional, local specialities of Stilton cheese and Melton Mowbray pork pies, visitors will can taste and buy food and delicacies from across the UK and around the world. UK and international street food will be available in a special catering area.

There will be a professional food theatre with a programme of talks and demonstrations, and entertainment will be provided by the New St George Morris dancers and the Melstrum Ukulele Band.

Matthew O’Callaghan, chairman of the Melton Mowbray Food Partnership, said: “Last year’s Food Festival was a roaring success with many favourite producers returning, as well as new exhibitors offering something new to the several thousand people who visited and enjoyed the event.

“We’re confident that 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.”