Leicester’s Winter Food Festival 2014

January 6, 2015

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On Sunday, thousands of shoppers congregated at Leicester Market to experience the great food, drink and produce on offer at the annual Winter Food Festival featuring Christmas Crafts.

Now in its sixth year, this year’s event gave people the opportunity to experience more food and drink than ever before, and on the day Leicester Market was transformed into a food lover’s paradise with some of Leicestershire’s finest produce proudly on display.

A plethora of options were available to customers, with everything from local organic meats from Pick’s Organic, American-style street food courtesy of Big Daddy’s Diner and Miss Piggy’s BBQ, and Indian food from long-established Bobby’s Vegetarian on Belgrave Road. In addition, spicy meat kebabs from Lahori Chaska were available to savour throughout the day. In between all of those delicious courses, the public could also be tempted by a variety of cakes, jams, chutneys, breads, crepes, tea, preserves and much more.

Aside from the multitude of tasty morsels on offer, guests were also treated to demos by popular TV chef, Andy Bates, who prepared a number of holiday-themed meals that will be sure to make great use of all leftover ingredients over the festive period. This included a warming turkey and sweetcorn chowder served with stove top scones and an onion, fennel & cheese tatin. In the afternoon, the street food expert was on hand yet again to serve up his tasty homemade Cuban sandwiches, which were enthusiastically received by the cheerful crowd; keen to gather new food ideas from the enthusiastic chef, ahead of the holidays.

This year also saw the introduction of a new licensed Drinks Zone, which featured real ale from local brewery Elliswood, ale and pie from Steaming Billy Brewing Company, mulled cider from the Bottle Kicking Cider Company, Malt Whiskey from Malts of Scotland, cocktails from Orange Tree and Mulled Wine from Super Syrups. A good time to be had by all, and people were definitely ‘getting into the spirit’ of the proceedings!

For those in need of festive gift ideas, over 50 craft stalls selling unique handmade jewellery and Christmas gifts including denim bound books and journals, clocks and coasters made from records, recycled glass bottles, saltdough, art, prints, cards, chopping boards, woodwork and much more were available. From the flurry of activity over the day, it will be no surprise that people will be receiving some beautiful handmade gifts at Christmas this year.

Throughout the day the DMU Gospel Choir were on hand to charm visitors and the return of the popular Skiband got everyone into a festive mood, playing an eclectic mix of ska, reggae, rock and calypso music, all whilst bedecked in crisp chef’s whites.

Later in the evening, visitors had the tricky decision as to whether to continue sampling all the great produce on offer or to head down to the Humberstone Gate West stage and watch the Christmas Lights Switch On at 4:30pm. Whatever the decision, it was clear that the day had been a real success and that visitors came away inspired having tasted something new and delicious.

If you are interested in trading at either the Summer or Winter Food and Craft Fair next year, please contact Adam Piotrowski on 0116 223 2372 or adam.piotrowski@leicester.gov.uk

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