HALF PRICE OFFER Subscribe to Derbyshire Life today CLICK HERE

Belper Food, Real Ale & Craft Festival 2013

13:53 17 October 2013

Crowds lining King Street

Crowds lining King Street

Ashley Franklin

An estimated 10,000 people flocked to Belper for this year’s event

Last year, the Belper Food, Real Ale & Craft Festival was said to have ‘truly arrived’ as thousands flocked to the town on the first warm sunny day the festival had experienced since it began in 2007. This year the sun shone again and an estimated 10,000 people poured into Belper, which was easily a record turnout, and the number of stalls topped 100 – a remarkable rise considering the first event attracted just 20.

Organised by Belper Town Council, this year’s festival delivered another highly diverse range of produce from retailers across the East Midlands and beyond.

Stallholders included Amber Ales, Apna Spices, Bittersweet Chocolates, Hungry Buddha and Mrs Bishop’s Doggy Deli from Nottinghamshire which makes handmade food treats for pets. On other stalls there were meats, cakes, cheese, savouries, ciders and olives plus vegan pâté, buffalo meat, gluten-free puddings, Nepalese cooking sauces and red pepper jelly. There were also numerous craft and gift stalls with more town shops than ever supporting the day by opening for business, plus face painters, balloon sellers, and organisations like Transition Belper, Belper Civic Forum and Friends of Matlock Bath Pavilion on hand to publicise their good works. The Festival also included an Arts Trail, a display of well dressings and bandstand entertainment at the River Gardens, and the usual array of musical acts and dance troupes to enhance the street party atmosphere of the day.

Next year’s Festival is scheduled for Sunday 13th July and a similar Christmas Food Festival has been planned for Sunday 1st December 2013.

Photographs by Ashley Franklin


Shop with us at Great British Life

More from Food & Drink

The National Brewery Museum

Nearly lost to us, The National Brewery Centre in Burton upon Trent has turned its fortunes around and become one of the area’s most popular places to visit. Derbyshire Life takes a look around

Read more
The range of Peak District Dairy products

Derbyshire Life visits Peak District Dairy at Heathy Grange, Tideswell

Read more
Derbyshire Life Food & Drink Awards

Here’s your chance to support Derbyshire’s finest food and drink businesses

Read more

Sponsored:The Jug and Glass Inn

Wednesday, May 11, 2016
The Jug and Glass Inn

Located in the heart of Lea village, near Matlock, the Jug and Glass Inn is a free house that offers customers a Traditional Pub experience.

Read more
Well stocked bar at The Cricket Inn

Throughout June join The Cricket Inn for special Taste of the Mediterranean celebrations.

Read more

Sponsored:Early Bird Offer - 20% Off at Cosmo

Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Stunning cuisine at Cosmo, Derby

Enjoy 20% off your food bill with the Early bird offer from Cosmo, Derby.

Read more

Sponsored:Dressed British Crab Offer at The Jug and Glass Inn

Friday, April 29, 2016
Dressed British Crab

Celebrate Great British seafood with this delicious offer from The Jug and Glass, Matlock.

Read more

Dining Out: Anoki, Derby

Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Anoki Derby

An extravagant menu in luxurious surroundings – fine Indian dining with a difference

Read more

Sponsored:Sunday Banquet at Anoki

Thursday, April 7, 2016
Anoki, Derby

2 courses for just £22.95pp on Sundays with the sensational Sunday Banquet.

Read more

Sponsored:May Bank Holiday Event at The Cricket Inn

Monday, April 4, 2016
Delicious food at The Cricket Inn

There’s something for everyone this May Bank Holiday at The Cricket Inn.

Read more
The Lighthouse, Boylestone

An impressive menu and a young and enthusiastic team make this one of the county’s hottest restaurants

Read more

Sponsored:The Cricket Inn, Totley

Tuesday, March 22, 2016
The Cricket Inn, Totley

The Cricket Inn - a place of great innkeeping traditions - a good welcome, warm, cosy, offering friendly service, a great pint, delicious wines, food of great taste, flavour & generosity

Read more
Brunch at Bennetts Brasserie

The historic department store’s Brasserie has recently been acquired by acclaimed chef Lisa Jean. Derbyshire Life visits for brunch...

Read more

2-for-1 Late Dining at Anoki

Tuesday, March 8, 2016
Anoki Restaurant, Derby

Experience the renowned Anoki cuisine beneath the glorious gilded vaulted ceiling of the Old Picture House on London Road.

Read more

Subscribe or buy a mag today

subscription ad

Local Business Directory

Derbyshire's trusted business finder

Job search in your local area

Search For a Car In Your Area

Property Search