Faces from the second Rutland Food Festival

A bit of sun, a touch of rain and a fine array of local food from Rutland’s rich array of producers were all present at Rutland Food Festival, September 17, at Rutland Water.

Numbers appeared to be up on 2010 and the atmosphere was fun and informal, with lots of families catching up with each other while sampling venison from Fen Farm, beer from Grainstore Brewery and bread from Hambleton Bakery to name just some of the food on offer.

As usual, Great Food was stalking with a camera…

Karen Taylor (left) and Emma Dodson of Whissendine, the ladies behind Rutland Preserves

Rutland Food Ambassador and Olive Branch head chef/owner Sean Hope (left) with Red Lion chef Chris Harrison

There was a busy schedule of food demonstrations

Patrick Whenham-Bossy, owner of Amphora Wines

Joe Lythgoe (left) and Sam Creasey of Fen Farm Venison

L-r: Sophie Nation, Duncan Robinson and Elizabeth Robinson of Groovy Foods, Bourne

The Melton Cheeseboard crew – (l-r): Paula Hughes, Tim Brown and Kath Booler

Amber Whittaker selling Northfield Farm bread

Anne Lucas and Rob Waddington of Rutland Fly Fishing Adventures selling smoked trout caught from Rutland Water

The Grasmere Farm stand was manned by (l-r) Stuart Stables, Jono Cox and Daryl Reece

The Dukes of Rutland performing at the Busk Stop. They performed a great cover of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s Bad Moon Rising on their ukeleles!

Kel, Dave and daughter from new Empingham curry and spice specialists The Green Chilli

James Goss, chef/owner at the King’s Arms, Wing, Rutland

Kellie Alexander on the Barnsdale Lodge stand

Relaxing in front of the music stage


The author:

Matt lives in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire. He is passionate about the independent food & drink sector and founded Great Food Club in 2010 after being inspired by local producers near his home town.