Doubt over Spalding Food Festival future

Trevor Corney of Churchill Ciders
Trevor Corney of Churchill Ciders
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The future of the Spalding and South Holland Food Festival could be in doubt following disappointing numbers attending the weekend event at The Vista.

Town centre manager Dennis Hannant said it was hoped 2,000 people would attend each day, but Saturday saw only 500 and Sunday 1,000.

Paul Bellamy, John Jones- Davies and  Jane Prescott of Moulton Mill.

Paul Bellamy, John Jones- Davies and Jane Prescott of Moulton Mill.

Mr Hannant said rain may have put a stop to some people turning out on Saturday and the clash with three major sporting fixtures could account for the lower than expected attendance on the Sunday.

Mr Hannant says the decision will rest with the Town Centre Management Board.

“It may be that Spalding as a town doesn’t want a food festival,” he said. “So the board may make the decision that we might not have one in the future or it may be that we need to look at the marketing of it and give a better offer. I think the lack of support is there.”

Despite the low numbers, it wasn’t all bad news. Mr Hannant said: “The stallholders tell me, with the exception of one, they at least broke even if not made a reasonable profit and they were all reasonably happy.”

The event had 28 food stalls and eight non-food stalls, although numbers were boosted by a further 14 on Sunday with an Italian market attending.

Supporting events were also held at St Mary and St Nicolas Church and Ayscoughfee Hall. The food festival saw an appearance from Lincolnshire’s own celebrity chef, Rachel Green, and there was a demonstration marquee.