Pictures from East Mids Food Fest

It was hot, hot, hot at the East Mids Food & Drink Fest, held at Melton Mowbray cattle market, October 1-2, 2011.

The setting may not have been beautiful but it felt right to hold a food festival in a place where proper agricultural food business has been done day in, day out for hundreds of years. And there was no doubting that numbers were high – the market was packed at peak times.

Great Food magazine escaped from its own stand to take some pictures on the Sunday. Captions to follow…

There were plenty of tasters to be sampled, including Sheep Dip single malt

Cattle market was filled to capacity at peak times

Nigel and Myrtle Allen from Peterborough-based Old Fashioned Pudding Company

Marron liqueurs

Ron Edgar from Marron Cider & Wine, near Market Rasen, Lincs

Helen Wood and Shami Doshi, who run Helsham Chocolates in Leicester

Will Smith from Barn Bacon Company of Newark

The Hedgerow Spirits crew (sloe gin maker). From left: MD Andy Hoyle, Steve Reeson, Steph Reeson, Samantha Fennimore, Norma Fennimore

School of Artisan Food graduate and new Leicestershire Handmade Cheese recruit Michael Thomson hands out Battlefield Blue on the Sparkenhoe stand

Leicestershire Handmade Cheese display

Jason from Mauritian Street Food

The team from Waitrose Oadby handed out hundreds of cookies. From left: Kerry Jordan, Frankie Jordan, John Johnson and Sonya Parra

Not to be outdone by their Waitrose brethren, the chefs from John Lewis in Leicester were on hand to give out samples. From left: Kalvin Coombe, Darren Elliott and Leon Marvin

Cat and Ian Webb from Aldeby Wines of Leicester, who specialise in wines from the South of France

Mark Hughes, founder of Northants-based Taste Gourmet Spice Company

Another Mark Hughes, this time from Melton Mowbray’s Family Butcher of Sherrard Street

Jemma Lonsdale and William Bissill from The Pantry, Ab Kettleby

Alastair Mattinson (BCMiE) from Hedgerow Products of Blaby, Leics (BCMiE stands for Best Chutney Maker in England)

Some of Alastair’s creations

Mark Jones (left) and Denis Gwatkin of Gwatkin Cider, Abbey Dore Herefordshire. Their delicious cider was a rather intoxicating 7%

Michael Darling from Sleaford’s Cogglesford Mill wearing a 200-year-old hat

Parisha (left) and Rama Mistry from Loughborough’s Spice Fusions

Luke Hartland from Mrs King’s Pork Pies of Cotgrave, British Pie Awards’ champion Melton Mowbray Pork Pie Maker 2011

Rob (left) and Webb Freckingham from The Cheese ShopNottingham

Annie Wright from Saltby Pasture near Melton gives out samples of her veal, lamb and mutton

Leicestershire’s Chocanana crew! From left: Gabriella Denizot, Karen Denizot and Tony Dale

Bob Pitchfork from Pitchfork’s Pickles, Nottingham

Jeremy Cooper from Lincolnshire Poacher Cheese

Scott Palmer (left) and Dan Mountain from Boston Sausage Co

Matt Wright
The author:

Matt lives in Leicestershire with his wife, two kids and dog. He is passionate about British pubs, slow food and home brewing. He founded Great Food Club (originally as Great Food Magazine) in 2010 after being inspired by local producers near his home town of Melton Mowbray - Britain's 'Rural Capital of Food'.