The best of food and drink in South Holland can be found in one place for the August Bank Holiday weekend.
An estimated 4,000 visitors are expected for the first Spalding and South Holland Festival of Food and Drink in and around the offices of South Holland District Council, Priory Road, Spalding, on Saturday and Sunday.
The event is on between 10am to 5pm each day when at least 50 different exhibitors, including specialists in Caribbean, Indonesian and Mediterranean food, bakery, wild game, real ales and French lemonade, are expected to spoil their guests.
Entry is £3 for adults and free for under 16s who can also watch live demonstrations by TV chef Rachel Green and Army caterers from the Royal Logistic Corp, Grantham.
Event organiser and Spalding town centre manager Dennis Hannant said: “The food industry within South Holland is of vital importance to Lincolnshire and the rest of the country.
“The county produces one-fifth of all food consumed in the UK – more than any other county – and South Holland alone manufactures over 30 per cent of all processed foods consumed in the UK.
“Putting on a Spalding and South Holland Festival of Food and Drink Festival allows food producers to celebrate the good things they make and the event provides the ideal opportunity for food and drink businesses to demonstrate their produce.”
A host of organisations have backed the event, including Bakkavor Foods, Springfields Outlet Shopping, Spalding and District Chamber of Commerce, Tulip Radio, EMG Motor Group.
Loyd Luis of 1498 The Spice Affair Restaurant, Spalding, one of the festival exhibitors, said: “We’re very excited to be part of the first festival of this kind in Spalding for three years. It’s a good chance to promote our business and to let people know how much Spalding has to offer.”
Meanwhile, Trevor Corney of Spalding-based Churchill Ciders, said: “I get lots of enquiries from people who live 60 to 70 miles away, but not from people here in South Holland.
“This is my most important event of the year because it’s on my doorstep and a chance to show what we can do with local apples for local people.”