Food and drink festival draws steady crowd on opening day

Terry Moore of Bakkavor Foods, John Hayes MP, South Holland District Council chairman Coun Francis Biggadike, Spalding town centre manager Dennis Hannant and Jan Whitbourn of Tulip Radio at the Spalding and South Holland Festival of Food and Drink.
Terry Moore of Bakkavor Foods, John Hayes MP, South Holland District Council chairman Coun Francis Biggadike, Spalding town centre manager Dennis Hannant and Jan Whitbourn of Tulip Radio at the Spalding and South Holland Festival of Food and Drink.
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A steady stream of visitors have sampling the tastes of this weekend’s Spalding and South Holland Festival of Food and Drink.

At least 50 stalls showing off a range of European, Asian, African and traditional Lincolnshire food and drink are welcoming children and adults outside the offices of South Holland District Council in Priory Road, Spalding.

Demonstrations and exhibitions are sharing the stage with live music from artists such as Meg McPartlin, Charlie’s Ant and Spalding town centre manager Dennis Hannant who is also the event’s main organiser.

“It’s been good so far, I’ve had some good comments from visitors and stallholders to say it’s been a welcome event and I think it’s been well-received.”

A host of companies and organisations are backing the event, including Spalding and District Chamber of Commerce, Springfields Outlet Shopping, South Holland District Council and Bakkavor Foods.

Terry Moore, logistics director for Bakkavor Foods, said: “I think it’s very good, with quite a lot of diverse and different culture here for which there seems to be plenty of interest.”

Visitors to the Spalding and South Holland Festival of Food and Drink.

Visitors to the Spalding and South Holland Festival of Food and Drink.

One of the festival’s highlights is a demonstration by celebrity chef Rachel Green of Market Rasen who has appeared on TV and radio, as well as at exhibitions such as the BBC Good Food Show.

Rachel said: “I’ve both demonstrated and worked around this area for a long time as part of Select Lincolnshire (the county’s cultural and tourist publicity organisation), so I think Spalding is a fantastic place to do something like a food festival.”

The event runs until Sunday.

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It’s very good, with quite a lot of diverse and different culture here for which there seems to be plenty of interest.

Terry Moore, logistics director for Bakkavor Foods