British Food Fortnight: East Midlands

Posted on: 09 September 2008 by Gareth Hargreaves

This year's event is set to be the biggest yet with activities ranging from the wild to the practical.

20th September - 3rd October: Leicestershire Food & Drink Fortnight

This year’s theme is ‘Diversity: the food and culture of Leicester Shire’and will also be used to celebrate the final phase in the long battle to gain European protection for the Melton Mowbray Pork Pie. (If there are no objections from other member states by 4 October then the pie will be placed on the register of European protected names.)The celebration of the county's food and drink includes Food and Tea Trails, demonstrations of how to make Pork Pies and sausages, tours of local vineyards and local produce tastings. Throughout Leicestershire. Contact Ms Sarah McCartney by email on or see for more detail.s

23rd September: Tasting The Past, Nottinghamshire

Home bakes using recipes from the Straw family Edwardian archives. Normal National Trust admission charges apply. For more information please call 01909 482380.

24th September: Quorn Bacon Roll Day

Quorn Bacon Roll is an inexpensive dish that uses up bacon scraps from the butcher. It is a traditional recipe that can be found in different regions of England and known by other names, but the ingredients are nearly always the same. Head to the Quorn Exchange to try your hand at producing one of Quorn’s traditional dishes. Contact Mr Terry Stirling on or 01509 414 287 for more information.

27th September: Autumn’s Tastes Of Lincolnshire Food Fair, Market Rasen

Held in Market Rasen the fair offers a great oportunity to meet people who are passionate about Lincolnshire: the food and county! For more information see for more details.

28th September: The North Lincolnshire Food Fair, Scunthorpe

Local food from all over Linconshire, Yorkshire and Nottingham will be converging on a friendly and tasty festival of food and fun. Contact Sally Jackson by email on or telephone 01724 844466 for more information.

1st October: East Midlands Children’s Food & Drink Festival Education Day, Melton Mowbray

For 7-8 year olds. The day will include cookery demonstrations, tractor and trailer rides around the working farm and hands on activities for children. Activities for children will also take place on 4th and 5th October as part of the East Midlands Food Festival.

4th October - 5th October: East Midlands Food & Drink Festival, Brooksby Hall

Over 200 exhibitors and celebrity chefs, including Rachel Green, Clarissa Dickson Wright and Anjum Amand, demonstrating in the Rangemaster Theatre. Following on from the success of the Festival Education Days, there will be a children’s marquee with hands-on activities over the weekend. Contact Sheila Davenport on 01476 571098 for more information.

4th October: East Midlands Food, Farming & Education Exhibition

An opportunity to hear how the Year of Food and Farming went in the East Midlands and to learn more about the campaign to promote healthy living by giving children direct experience of food, farming and the countryside through East Midlands Food, Farming and Education. Contact Sally Scantlebury by email on or call 0115 937 6812 for more details.

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