Bumper food festival passes the taste test

NBENBE111204a2, Belper winter food fayre. Alison and Gordon Fotheringham church lane creamery, Brinsley
NBENBE111204a2, Belper winter food fayre. Alison and Gordon Fotheringham church lane creamery, Brinsley

CROWDS braved the cold to descend on Belper’s Christmas Food and Real Ale Festival.

Organised by Belper Town Council, the event last Sunday featured 47 stalls on King Street and Market Place in the town.

Belper Mayor Cllr Alan Cox, who hosted a stall himself, was delighted with how the festival went.

He said: “It was an absolutely fantastic day.

“It was very, very successful. There were a lot of traders there who all seemed very happy.

“And a lot of visitors came down into town as well.

“It was a success.”

Cllr Cox’s stall raised just over £60 for the Herbert Strutt Charity.

He was running a ‘Choose the name of the stuffed dog’ competition, and selling quiz sheets.

Both competitions are running until April in aid of Cllr Cox’s chosen charity.

Outside popular deli Fresh Basil, Sally Woodward, of Turnditch, sold wristbands in aid of the Mercian Benevolent Fund. Her son Christopher is serving in Afghanistan with the 2nd Mercian Regiment (Worcesters and Foresters).

She raised £326 by selling the pink and green wristbands and running a raffle, which was drawn by Belper-based mountaineer Nigel Vardy.

Sally, who was featured in last week’s News, said: “It went very well.

“Nigel Vardy was absolutely brilliant. I would also like to thank Wendy Moore, of Fresh Basil, and her staff. They were terrific.”

The festival itself featured a wealth of delicious food and drink.

There was fish, cheese, pork, honey, Brazilian coffee and real ale, among other things.

Heating things up was Sam Robinson, of Spondon-based Creative Winemaking, who hosted a stall full of weird and wonderful chilli sauces, including ones such as Ring of Fire, Dave’s Insanity Sauce and Death.

One of the more popular stands was Maxine’s Mobile Pizza, a Buxton-based business that turned out freshly-made pizzas all day from a clay oven.

A spokeswoman for the town council added: “We are very pleased with how it went. There was a great turnout and it was very profitable for the traders.

“We would like to thank all the sponsors, entertainers and volunteers who helped.”