Belper Food Festival 2010, Derbyshire
PUBLISHED: 12:25 24 November 2010 | UPDATED: 18:13 20 February 2013
Photographs from Belper Food Festival 2010
What started out four years ago as the Belper Food Festival got even bigger this year as a record crowd turned out for what is now the Belper Food, Real Ale & Craft Festival. Thousands flocked to explore the many and varied stalls lined up along King Street and Strutt Street, with craft traders in the Memorial Gardens. Actor Sean Wilson, famed for his Coronation Street character of 20 years, Martin Platt, opened the festival and then spent the rest of the day selling the Lancashire cheese he started manufacturing last year following the opening of his own Saddleworth Cheese Company.
More than 60 stallholders brought a range of produce from all over the East Midlands with several Belper shops supporting the day by opening for business. Derbyshire stallholders included Amber Ales from Ripley, Bittersweet Chocolates of Melbourne, Peak Buffalo of Baslow and Hearts & Homespun soaps from Alfreton. There was also fresh bread from Crich, cakes and cookies from Duffield, honey from Somercotes and organic meat from Hulland Ward.
In the Market Place, the Black Swan ran the sell-out Real Ale Festival and Hog Roast. Many entertainers brought a street party atmosphere to the day with a wide spectrum of musical performers alongside demonstrations of Tae- Kwon-do from Belper TAGB, a fourth consecutive showing by Amber Valley dance troupe Folk Friendzy, a first-time appearance by the Belperbased Splitz Dance Centre, and performances from Belpers Vanessa Millar School which saw a frenzy of petticoats and high kicking in a thrilling can-can.
Next years event is scheduled for Sunday 17th July.
Text and Photographs by Ashley Franklin