Foodies whet their appetite for sixth annual Belper festival

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Preparations for Belper’s sixth annual food festival are well underway, with organisers predicting the programme of events will be the most successful ever.

The festival attracts hundreds of foodies to the town and gives local producers a unique opportunity to promote their wares directly to the public.

This year there will be around 80 stalls selling everything from real ale to cheeses, meats and cakes along with a wide spectrum of musicians and dancers performing at the festival which will bring a street party atmosphere to the day.

Food festival spokesman, Rosalind Bullimore, said: “What started out six years ago as the Belper Food Festival it is growing annually and is now Belper Food, Real Ale, Craft Festival and Arts Trail.

“Our prestigious food and drink festival helps Derbyshire and East Midland suppliers showcase their products. Visitors are able to taste a huge range of products on sale.”

The ever-popular hog roast will also be held at the Black Swan on the town’s Market Place during the event on July 15.

And before the food festival begins an arts trail, which runs from July 9 to July 22, will be held around the town following a route from the North Mill at the River Gardens, along Bridge Street, King Street and just beyond the Market Place.

The inspiration for the artworks being featured is the centenary of East Mill, with paintings, sculptures and installations influenced by the Edwardian landmark being displayed at venues throughout the town.

The largest and most prominent mill building in Belper today, East Mill was built by the English Sewing Company in 1912.

The trail also begins in Belper’s other surviving iconic mill.

Andrew Martyn Sugars co-founder of Corridor Arts said: “We’re really excited that the trail begins in the North Mill this year.

“Being mindful of local anniversary’s and activities has certainly helped us in putting together a diverse and interesting trail.

“We have invited artists to consider work from their own practice timeline and come up with a contemporary version of it.”

A downloadable map and trail guide as well as additional information is available at: www.corridor-arts.org.uk/abcd/belperarttrail.

For more information about the food festival log-on to www.belperfoodfestival.co.uk