More than 30 town centre traders have signed up for the Love Northampton Food and Drink Festival which starts today.
The free festival, being funded by the Northampton Town Centre Business Improvement District (BID) and supported by Northampton Borough Council, is taking place on Friday and Saturday at the Guildhall and is set to attract hundreds of visitors to the town.
Among the highlights will be the chance for festival-goers not only to sample the newly unveiled finalists in the five product and drink categories of this year’s Carlsberg UK Northamptonshire Food and Drink Awards and vote for their favourites, but also to pick up a brochure packed with vouchers and discounts being provided by many of the nearby restaurants, cafes and pubs.
Meanwhile some of the members of ‘Made In Northamptonshire’ – the networking group set up to support and promote the county’s food and drink producers – will be sampling and selling their wares, ranging from beers to ciders, chocolates to chutneys, while would-be chefs can be inspired by a series of cookery demonstrations including how to create sizzling summer salads, South American salsas and saucy sorbets made from Northamptonshire gin.
BID director Richard Clinton said: “For Northampton town centre to be partnering with the food and drink awards by hosting the Love Northampton Food & Drink Festival is a really positive sign and indicates just how vibrant the town is becoming.”