Food for thought after new Spalding food festival

Rachel Green says the recipe for success is support from the community. SG290815-130TW
Rachel Green says the recipe for success is support from the community. SG290815-130TW
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TV chef Rachel Green is offering to help make Spalding Food Festival the success it deserves to be.

The celebrity was one of the demonstrators at the two-day event over Bank Holiday weekend and was ready to offer her expertise whenever needed.

Overall, the event may not have been the sizzling success people hoped it would be, with some hot food stall holders failing to turn up on the second day, but there is still a whiff of hope in the air.

Dennis Hannant, town centre manager and organiser of the event held in the car park at South Holland District Council, said: “This weekend was the first food festival held in Spalding for some three years and the attendance, despite the wet weather on the Sunday, of nearly 2,000 people was extremely encouraging.

“Clearly starting a new event is always going to be difficult, with regards to attendance and also persuading stall holders to sign up to it.

“The majority of the feedback from customers and stall holders has been positive and suggests that the event was, on balance, a great success.

“A number of the stall holders want to come back next year and if the town centre management board give the go ahead for next year, planning will start again in early October.”

Saturday started with 53 different stalls present and over 45 were food related. However, three decided the footfall was not big enough to justify their continued presence on the Sunday.

Steve Smith, of Nibble Nose Cheese Coy, stayed for the two days. He said: “It was OK for a first event. We’d probably give it another go.”

However, Rachel Green said the community is the key to making the event a success. She said: “Someone even offered to help me wash up and come the next day.”