Belper Food Festival nearly full to capacity

Belper food festival
Belper food festival

Time is running out for performers and traders to register their interest for this year’s Belper Food Festival.

The prestigious one-day, free entry event is scheduled to take place from 10am until 4pm on Sunday, July 12.

It was confirmed earlier this year that a private company was to take over the running of the town’s renowned food festival.

Belper Town Council has agreed to allow Devonshire Markets to run this year’s Belper Food Festival.

The event will feature 110 stalls offering all kinds of mouth-watering delicacies from across the world.

Sam Wherrett, market manager for Devonshire Markets, says that applicants need to hurry if they want to be a part of the annual event.

He said: “We’re pretty close to having the festival full of traders and performers this year.

“Tom Stone at Node56 has done a fantastic job of programming our four stages with acts while there are a very limited number of spaces available left to trade from.

“Don’t forget, we’ve also got a classic car show and a children’s farmyard in addition to the 100+ traders and live music.

“Also, there is a Real Ale Festival on Market Place being hosted by the Black Swan.”

Belper Town Council will keep ownership of the festival and all decisions relating to it will be agreed by the Belper Food Committee and approved by full council.

Town clerk Rosalind Bullimore explained at the time: “We will be working in partnership with Devonshire Markets because we want to keep the same format.”

The festival traditionally showcases over 100 local food, beverage and artisan producers to thousands of visitors.

Visitors are able to taste a huge range of products on sale, ranging from real ale, cheeses, meats and cakes.

Alongside the culinary delights on offer, there will also be an eclectic range of live music and dance performances, a family farmyard, and a classic car show.

Over the last ten years the festival has grown in popularity attracting more and more people to the town.

As part of the agreement, stall prices will be going up by a quarter from £40 to £50 for regular stalls, and a third from £60 to £80 for a private stall or gazebo.

Belper Food, Real Ale & Craft Festival 2015 is open to traders and performers from across the region.

To register interest as a trader or performer, you can contact Sam by emailing sam.wherrett@devonshiremarkets.com or calling 0114 360 3447.

Full details of the line-ups are listed at facebook.com/node56.