Delight for gourmands as a food festival comes to town

Tony Rodd
Tony Rodd

Thousands of food lovers are expected to flock to Welland Park in Market Harborough over the Bank Holiday weekend for a food festival.

The town’s first two day food festival will run from Sunday and Monday and runs from 11am to 7pm each day.

The event will celebrate local, regional, national and international cuisine.

Stalls featuring everything from local artisan-produced cheese, meats and gourmet foods to mouth-watering Malaysian street food and Caribbean seafood.

And for the budding chefs attending the festival, there will be a chance to pick up some top tips from the experts.

A finalist in the most recent series of the BBC cookery show MasterChef Tony Rodd will be appearing at the festival.

The BBC’s Stephanie Moon will be showcasing their culinary skills in the demo kitchen alongside other chefs.

Market Place market manager and the event organiser Sairah Butt said: “We hope to get the whole community behind it and really bring the town to life for the Bank Holiday weekend.

“It is free to attend, we have a wonderful line up of tempting food stalls, craft stalls, a great licensed bar, cider tent, live music, kids play area. and of course the celebrity demo kitchen – it should be a cracking event.

“We also want to encourage people to visit the town once they’ve been to the festival.

“There is a charity truck pull on the Square, as well as the Antiques Market in Harborough Market on the Sunday. For those visiting from out of town there is the wonderful church and grammar school to visit on the High Street.”

The event is being sponsored by the town’s Angel Hotel.

General manager of the hotel, Darren Barton, said, “We are delighted to support this exciting new food event.  Harborough has so many great ‘must attend’ events and The Angel is happy to play an active part in this new town initiative”.

Details of the festival are on Twitter @MHarbFoodFest and Facebook at