A regular column from Tulip Radio’s Jan Whitbourn.
Last weekend saw the first Food Festival in Spalding for three years, when over 2,000 people from the district came to enjoy the delicacies of South Holland’s micro food industry.
There were 53 different stalls and over 45 food related, giving a good selection of produce and ensuring everyone could have a taster.
Lincolnshire’s very own celebrity chef Rachel Green entertained crowds in the demonstration marquee with her enthusiastic and witty repertoire and vast knowledge of catering and food. Local chefs who demonstrated throughout the weekend included Karl Sergison from Sergi’s Deli, Will Vernan from The Chequers at Weston, Lloyd Luis from The 1948 Spice Affair and Ken Hart from Cook Connect.
As well as some excellent locally produced ales and cider, entertainment was provided in the refreshment area on Saturday by local young singer and guitarist Meg McPartlin, who got people dancing, and Grantham based ceilidh band Charlie’s Ant’. On Sunday Spalding’s own Meena Lee Quartet and an a cappella singing group called Octovox entertained the lunchtime revellers and were very well received. Town centre manager Dennis Hannant sang with his Rat Pack numbers in between singers all weekend.
Go to tulip-radio.co.uk to see pictures of the event.