Market Harborough’s first-ever food festival is this weekend

Masterchef finalist Tony Rodd
Masterchef finalist Tony Rodd

A huge array of local and international food will be on offer at Market Harborough’s first-ever Food and Drink Festival taking place this Bank Holiday weekend.

The two-day event, on Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday, is being organised by Market Place, the operator of Harborough’s indoor market.

It is being held on the town’s Welland Park, off Welland Park Road, from 11am until 7pm on both days and is aiming to showcase the very best of the region’s producers.

This inaugural event will include cooking demonstrations on the Sunday by Masterchef finalist Tony Rodd at midday, 2pm and 4pm.

Tony will be cooking up some tasty dishes for visitors to try including a caramel mousse, rum ice-cream and ginger cake.

Celebrity chef Stephanie Moon will be cooking on the Monday at midday, 2pm and 4pm, featuring recipes such as lamb cutlets with mint yoghurt marinade and a strawberry meringue roulade.

Stephanie will be joined by Lincolnshire baker Linda Hewitt at 1pm and 3pm who will be giving pastry and baking tips.

This will be the second time Stephanie has visited the town after she appeared at Harborough Market for its grand re-opening event in April 2014.

“We are really excited to be joined by Tony and Stephanie,” said the town’s market manager and event organiser Sairah Butt.

“Not only will the event showcase some of the region’s finest cuisine, it’s also a great opportunity for local people to pick-up some cooking tips from great chefs.”

The festival will feature top-quality local, regional, national and international cuisine, said Sairah.

Some of the delights will include Caribbean seafood from Leave it to Esmie, southern style-barbecue food from Rolling Smoke, Nigerian street food from Flavours of Africa, gourmet hot dogs from Big Daddies Diner, vegan and veggie goodies from Farrinheight Foods, organic mini-pancakes from Pop Up Pancakes and luxury alcoholic ice-cream from Melt’On.

Sairah added: “There really is something for everyone.

“We hope the people of Harborough are hungry!

“We have some brilliant food and drink on offer including a hog roast, a fabulous patisserie stall, all things whiskey, sweets, coffee, cheese, pancakes, tapas, a great bar, a cider tent and even a 1920s Art Deco pop-up bar offering prosecco and cocktails.

“So, sharpen your appetite and get ready for a fun-filled foodie August Bank holiday.”

Entry to the festival is free. The event is being sponsored by Harborough’s The Angel Hotel.

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