Food through the ages at Melton Mowbray

Food through the ages at Melton Mowbray Food through the ages at Melton Mowbray
Now in its eighth year, the East Midlands Food and Drink Festival is returning to the exhibition halls at Melton Mowbray Cattle Market on Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 October. The festival attracts thousands of visitors to the town.

New this year will be a Vintage Gadget Roadshow, with visitors encouraged to bring along retro kitchen appliances and discover a little bit about their history from the experts. There will also be a selection of the town’s museum pieces so visitors can take a trip down memory lane and learn how our grandparents used to produce fabulous meals without the help of food processors and appliances which are now taken for granted. “Forget Meals in Minutes, back in the day it would have taken hours to produce a humble shepherd’s pie,” say the organisers.

“Travel even further back in time and discover Food Through the Ages with fascinating facts and a wonderful display of fare from as far back as medieval England.”

There will be a variety of activities including demonstrations from Linda Hewett of the School of Bread Making who will be showing how easy it is to make bread. Visitors are encouraged to get to grips with the five stages of bread-making and have lots of fun at the same time.

The festival includes a wide range of stalls. In addition to the legendary Melton Mowbray pork pie and Stilton cheese, visitors can also enjoy Melton hunt cake, elderflower cordial, bison, Melton red beer, local sausages, cheese and a host of other delicious gourmet foods.

“I am delighted the event is moving back into the town,” says Matthew O’Callaghan, chairman of the Melton Mowbray Food Partnership. “We have listened to the town traders and people in Melton and believe the move will enhance the visitor’s experience of attending the festival and will also offer them the opportunity to visit the many other local attractions.”