A mouth-watering success for festival

Spanish Magic: Michael Hogbin of Churros Susanna in Birmingham serves up the Spanish sweet treat churros at the first Bakewell Festival of Food.
Spanish Magic: Michael Hogbin of Churros Susanna in Birmingham serves up the Spanish sweet treat churros at the first Bakewell Festival of Food.

A MARKET town had a taste of success following its first ever food festival.

The Bakewell Food Festival was such a success that its organisers are already planning next year’s event.

Residents and businesses worked together to organise the festival in the home of the famous Bakewell pudding.

It featured various food stalls around the town centre as well as a farmers market at the Agricultural Centre.

Jill Ferguson, who manages publicity for the festival, said: “It was a huge success.

“The traffic was queuing to come into Bakewell and there was plenty of footfall.

“There was a fine variety of good quality produce from speciality mushrooms, through to chocolate, pickles and cheeses.

“A couple of people asked when the next one was going to be.”

Hartington’s Cookery School was on hand to held cookery displays at Rutland Mill and author Paul Hudson was on hand to sign his book ‘Mrs Ann Greaves of the Rutland Arms’ at the Rutland Arms Hotel.

New Close Farm hosted a hog roast and the Tiroler Stuberl has an Australian barbecue.

The Bakewell Tart shop baked a giant Bakewell tart and the Old Original Bakewell Pudding Shop hosted the Bakewell Pudding experience.

Jill said: “It was really good, I’d like to congratulate everyone who organised it.

“Bakewell was very much alive and kicking and it was lovely to see in the current time such a happy occasion celebrating local producers.”