Food glorious food at packed-out festival


Thousands of people flocked to Belper Food Festival at the weekend.

Hundreds of stallholders and thousands of people, from Belper and further afield, descended on the town on Sunday, July 13, for the ‘packed out’ festival, dubbed the premier event in the town’s culinary calendar.

Despite a few spots of rain early on, the sun came out in the afternoon and so did the crowds, making it impossible to walk down parts of King Street as there were so many people.

The fair took over the Market Place, the length of King Street, the Memorial Gardens and side streets.

Street performers were dotted around the town putting on music, while the the free event featured a classic car show, and both a real ale and craft festival.

Leader of Belper Town Council Cllr John Nelson said that the food festival had grown like ‘topsy’ over the years, and Belper was the place to be at the moment.

He added: “The food festival went 
absolutely brilliantly.

“It was a brilliant turn out – you couldn’t have put a pen around the crowd.

“It was a wonderful day, it was definitely bigger and definitely better. There were queues at every food stall.

“Of course, we would like it to be bigger and better again next year, but to be honest, I wonder if you could get it any bigger or better because of the facilities we have avaliable.”

The annual Belper Food Festival was first launched in 2007, and attracted just 24 traders and three local bands.

It has now grown into a massive town event that gives traders the opportunity to showcase their wares directly to the 
local public.

The eventalso attracted praise from celebrity chef Sat Bains, who had the week before dubbed it ‘a perfect day out for food lovers’.

Visitors to the festival were able to take advantage of stalls that offered a variety of goods, including cheese, meat, real ales and a range of cakes.

Musicians were located at at ‘busk stops’ in town from 11.30am until 3.30pm as part of the event in an Open Mic competition.

The Vanessa Millar School of Dance also performed at the event with two shows, as did dance group Folk Friendzy.

Local traders took to Twitter after the event to thank the people who attended and comment on the day.

Amber Valley Wines (@AmberValleyWine) said: “What a day at the Belper Food Festival this weekend - thanks to the organisers and everyone who came to see us.”

George’s Tradition (@GTFishandChips) said: “We’ve raised an amazing £283 for When You Wish Upon A Star during the Belper Food Festival! :) THANK YOU to all of the lovely people who helped! :)”