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Holbeach Food Festival 2019 returns with a new attraction - plus Geoff Capes makes an appearance




Saturday, July 6, and Sunday, July 7, sees the return of Holbeach’s annual Food Festival and, on its sixth anniversary, it is looking to be bigger and better than ever, writes Patrick Walsh.

Tucking into ice creams at last year's event. (2818392)
Tucking into ice creams at last year's event. (2818392)

After the success of its previous festivals, this year is the first time the event is being held over a weekend. It will see more than 35 stalls with everything from local information and crafts to food and drink.

Georgia Bailey, Kitty Whittaker and Britney Lindsay try a Bakkavor Pizza at last year's Holbeach Food Festival. (2805090)
Georgia Bailey, Kitty Whittaker and Britney Lindsay try a Bakkavor Pizza at last year's Holbeach Food Festival. (2805090)

Both new stalls and returning ones will be at this year's Food Fest. New stalls include De Canter, selling a variety of gin and fizz, Nude Food, selling wraps, salads and healthy meals and The Enchanted Plaza selling sauces, meatballs and samosas.

Enjoying drinks and ice creams at last year's event. (2805096)
Enjoying drinks and ice creams at last year's event. (2805096)

'Old favourites' such as the Old Exchange Bar, and Saints and Sinners’ home-made preserves will be returning, along with Laddies Ices and Silver Fins of Dereham to bring great, fresh food and drink to the fest.

The event welcomes back a number of local charities and organisations, with Holbeach Bookshop selling food and drink related books, and South Holland District Council giving out food advice and hosting activities for children to learn.

Former World's Strongest Man Geoff Capes will be refereeing the South Lincolnshire's Strongest 2019 competition at this year's Holbeach Food Festival on the Sunday. (4920362)
Former World's Strongest Man Geoff Capes will be refereeing the South Lincolnshire's Strongest 2019 competition at this year's Holbeach Food Festival on the Sunday. (4920362)

This year also sees the launch of a brand new strength and endurance competition taking place on the Sunday from 10am which, as organiser District Councillor Nick Worth says, “is guaranteed to draw in the crowds.”

Organised by the town’s Royals Gym, the ‘South Lincolnshire’s Strongest 2019’ competition will be refereed by former World’s Strongest Man winner Geoff Capes.

Organiser, District Councillor Nick Worth, was pleased with the turnout at last year's Holbeach Food Festival. (2805036)
Organiser, District Councillor Nick Worth, was pleased with the turnout at last year's Holbeach Food Festival. (2805036)

“It’s really just a chance for athletes to compete against each other” said organiser Sam Fowler of Royals Gym, “putting that hard work into practice by going against like-minded people”.

Popcorn Media returns for another year, providing background music over the two days to add to the atmosphere.

Deeping Fudge with Les Green at last year's event. (2805078)
Deeping Fudge with Les Green at last year's event. (2805078)

Recent additions also include specialist craft stalls, Jo Sews and Henna Art with candles and wooden gifts.

The festival takes place on Carter's Park, opening from 10am until 4pm both Saturday and Sunday. Entry is free.

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