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Belper Food Festival 2014 - photo gallery

PUBLISHED: 09:33 25 November 2014 | UPDATED: 09:33 25 November 2014

Laura Stevens, Sonja Illsley and Alana Bronnlee of The Pop Up Tea Party

Laura Stevens, Sonja Illsley and Alana Bronnlee of The Pop Up Tea Party

Ashley Franklin

For the third successive year, the sun shone down on the Belper Food, Real Ale & Craft Festival which attracted a record turnout of over 10,000

For the third successive year, the sun shone down on the Belper Food, Real Ale & Craft Festival which attracted a record turnout of over 10,000 people. There was also a record 105 stalls, a remarkable rise considering the first event in 2007 attracted 24. Organised by Belper Town Council, this year’s festival saw food and drink retailers from across the East Midlands and beyond serving up a highly diverse range of produce. There were also numerous craft and gift stalls with plenty of town shops supporting the day by opening for business, plus face painters, balloon sellers, and the usual array of musical acts and dance troupes to enhance the street party atmosphere of the day. There was also a display of well dressings and bandstand entertainment at the River Gardens.

Andrew Mercer of Amber Valley Wines, attending the festival for the first time, said: ‘It was a superb day – our best event of the year so far.’ Donna Stanton of Belper’s ‘Sewing Boutique’ Buttons & Bows, also setting up stall for the first time, was thrilled to be a part of the festival: ‘It was totally overwhelming to see so many people in Belper. I feel so proud to be a part of such an amazing town, where local people support and encourage independent traders.’

Pete Hounsell of Amber Ales, who has been attending since 2008, believes the festival is on its way to being one of the finest in the country: ‘We always gain an excellent profile at the festival and it gets bigger and better every year. With this many high quality boutique food businesses locally, I feel sure this is something that could be built on. Belper – the Ludlow of the North perhaps?’

Next year’s festival is scheduled for Sunday 12th July, though there is another similar event to come this year: the Christmas Food & Real Ale Festival on Sunday 7th December.

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