Leicester Loaf Cooking Demo Held in Market Square

September 21, 2015


Chef Patron Phillip Sharpe of The White Peacock in Leicester made a special ‘Leicester Loaf’ in honour of British Food Fortnight at a baking demonstration in Market Square last Friday (25th September).

British Food Fortnight is the biggest annual national celebration of British food and drink, running from Saturday 19th September to Sunday 4th October.

Members of the public who watched the chef in action were able try a free sample of the bread, pick up a recipe card and purchase loaves of the bread.

A large crowd gathered to see the demonstration, and were clearly impressed as every one of the specially baked loaves was sold by the end of the day.

The bread was made with flour sourced from a local mill, Swithland Water, plus local ingredients including Sparkenhoe Red Leicester and the ‘Peacocks Glory’ bitter from Belvoir Brewery.

To celebrate Leicester’s multicultural community the loaf also included a crust of Indian and African spices, to reflect the ethnic and cultural diversity the city is renowned for.

Adam Piotrowski, Development Officer at Leicester Market, said: “The Leicester Loaf was very tasty indeed and even better it highlighted the rich food heritage here in Leicestershire, which is such an important part of the market.”


There are further plans for cooking demonstrations from Mr Sharpe championing fresh local produce including the ‘Leicester Market Sweep’ – the date of which is set to be announced soon.

For this he will be challenged to make a meal for four using ingredients collected from various stalls with a budget of just £10.

There are also plans for Mr Sharpe to showcase his skills at Leicester’s Winter Food Festival, taking place on Sunday 22nd November.

If you would like to use more local ingredients in your recipes, the Outdoor Market is open every weekday and Saturdays from 7:00am to 6:00pm and the Food Hall is open weekdays and Saturdays 9:00am to 5:00pm.