Nottingham Food and Drink Festival 2012

Updated June 26, 2012

WHEN: July 4-8, 2012
WHERE: Market Square & throughout the city

The Nottingham Food & Drink Festival was spiced up this year to make an already varied event even more flavoursome.

Click here to download the event programme.

Additional ingredients for 2012 included a beer and wine sampling area, and a new performance zone, showcasing local talent. These extra features, plus the presence of the event’s centrepiece – a regional food and drink market in Nottingham’s Market Square with more than 40 stalls – made this year’s event the most interesting yet.

Nottingham’s Market Square also saw the return of the demo theatre, newly extended for 2012.

Anmarie Spaziano from Nottingham’s Annie’s Burger Shack gives a demo in 2011

Chef, broadcaster and writer Richard Fox hosted demonstrations from some of Nottingham’s finest chefs, and took to the hob himself.

Richard Fox

Said Richard: “Having been involved in the Festival back in 2009, I couldn’t resist returning to Nottingham when I got the call,” said Richard. “It is a festival that has really captured the imagination of the public and has gained momentum year-on-year.

Once again, restaurants and bars across the city centre hosted a varied programme of events and masterclasses, with everything from sushi making to blind cocktail tasting. There was also a host of special offers to tempt diners to sample the wide variety of cuisines that Nottingham has to offer.

More information on the bmibaby Nottingham Food and Drink Festival 2012 can be found here.

Further details on the work of event organiser We Are Nottingham, can be found here.


Examples of events that took place in the Market Square Demo Area…
Alley Cafe (Cannon Court) – how to use tofu in everyday cooking
Tonic (Chapel Quarter) – giving desserts the wow factor
Chai Yo Thai (Parliament Terrace) – Thai green curry & Thai carving with fruit and veg
All Bar One (Weekday Cross) – beef and lamb burgers


Some events that took place in venues throughout Nottingham…
Fat Cat (Chapel Quarter) – cocktail masterclass
Eviva Taverna (Barker Gate, Lace Market) – mezze night with belly dancing
Homemade Café (Pelham Street) – ‘50s Diner Night

Sushi class at Chino Latino


A few of the stalls that appeared in Market Square…
Aubrey’s Traditional Creperie
4550 Miles from Delhi
The Walk
Nada Budaya


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.