Celebrity chef Brian Turner has backed this year’s Belper Food Festival as more than 100 stallholders prepare to take over the town.
The Ready Steady Cook star sent a message of support to organisers as plans for the seventh festival look set to be the biggest and best ever.
He said: “Eat well, drink well and have a great time! Good luck to all the team!”
Mr Turner’s comments came as the town council announced they were forced to turn down some traders who were desperate to exhibit after the event reached capacity for the first time.
The food festival, which attracted around 10,000 people last year brings thousands of pounds into the local economy with everything from Ostrich burgers to red pepper jelly on sale and knock-on benefits for the town’s shops.
Musicians will once again perform on stages in the Memorial Gardens and Market Place, while in another first for the festival a classic car rally will be held on Campbell Street and an art exhibition will be held at No28.
Meanwhile, at the other end of town Belper Well Dressing launches from Saturday July 13, with 15 designs located in the River Gardens and Christ Church.
Belper Mayor, Deborah Biss, said: “It’s the biggest so far and is a really important event.I’m very pleased Belper Food Festival grows year on year. It’s an event where the whole family can taste and explore real food that is often locally sourced.
“It’s great to hear what Mr Turner had to say - it’s important for an event like this - the more prominent people that support it like this helps to highlight it to families in the area.
“It’s a genuine alternative to supermaket shopping where people can find great value food that tastes better, has less food miles and is produced by craftsmen in a more environmentally sustainable way.”
The festival will run from 10am – 4pm this Sunday, July 14.
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