Series of events planned for Leics Food Fortnight

Published July 27, 2012

A food fair with the famous monkeys at Twycross Zoo; a festival dedicated to British pie-makers; Best of Leicestershire tasting market; a competition to re-create one of the county’s heritage dishes – the Quorn Bacon Roll; a demonstration by successful cookery book writer Jo Pratt; and a Gourmet Evening in a stately home.

These are just a few highlights of this year’s Leicester and Leicestershire Food Fortnight, to be held between September 22 and October 7, 2012.

Over sixty of Leicestershire’s food and drink businesses are getting involved in the programme of events, tastings, demonstrations and special promotions, to celebrate the county’s passion for food.

If you want to take a more active role, there is also a programme of food orientated activities for all ages. From learning how to brew beer to artisan bread-making classes – this year’s Leicester and Leicestershire Food Fortnight aims to get as many people supporting local food as possible.

The fortnight will end with the ninth annual East Midlands Food and Drink Festival in Melton Mowbray – on Saturday and Sunday October 6-7. Held at Melton’s thriving Cattle Market, the festival boasts over 250 stall-holders and attracts around 10,000 visitors each year.

The events…
Pie Fest!: Sept 22-23, from 10am, Market Square, Melton Mowbray
Leicestershire Pie & Ale Gourmet Evening: Sept 22, 7.30pm, Hothorpe Hall, Theddingworth
Twycross Zoo Food & Craft Festival: Sept 23, 11am-4pm
Jo Pratt Cookery Demo: Sept 29, 10.30am-1pm, Scalford Hall
East Mids Food & Drink Fest: Oct 6-7 10-5pm and 10am-4pm, Melton Cattle Market

For further information, contact Rachel Dorsett, at Silver Pear Communications on 01476 879215 or 07584 166629.

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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'.