feast of fine food in beverley

Food ps1239-31 Beverley Food Fest Pictured By Pam Stanforth ps1239-31 Thierry Condette, Jonathan Clarkson, Vanessa Powell, Lisa Gray, Jen Whiteley, Julia Medforth, Justin Staal, Peter Maycock, Marie-Louise Robinson, Helen Watson, Margaret Pinder, Paul Vinsen

Food ps1239-31 Beverley Food Fest Pictured By Pam Stanforth ps1239-31 Thierry Condette, Jonathan Clarkson, Vanessa Powell, Lisa Gray, Jen Whiteley, Julia Medforth, Justin Staal, Peter Maycock, Marie-Louise Robinson, Helen Watson, Margaret Pinder, Paul Vinsen

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Come and join us for a foodie feast.

That is the message going out to 18,000 households across Beverley this week as organisers of the town’s seventh Food Festival this weekend prepare for the biggest yet.

Beverley Town Council has delivered a food festival directory to every home in the town in the run up to this Sunday’s event.

Almost 100 local food producers will be showcasing their products with stalls in Saturday Market, alongside cookery demonstrations by top local chefs, a twin town cookery challenge and entertainment throughout the day.

Beverley Town Clerk Helen Watson said the event has tripled in size since the early festivals, and is now the largest free local food festival in the region.

“This is the biggest we have ever had and there is probably more variety than ever before, because this year the foods on offer will include venison and locally farmed ostrich,” she said.

As well as the more exotic locally produced foods, there will be samples ranging from meat, breads and pickles, to fish, seafood, cakes, artisan cheeses, fruit, beers, ice creams and chocolate, all produced in the local area.

Helen said the festival is now so popular that organisers have been inundated with producers wanting stalls, and they are still having to turn some away.

Meanwhile, the festival’s 2012 food awards winners have been announced.

The winners are: s

ausage – Three Little Pigs, chorizo; chutneys and pickles – Bracken Hill Fine Foods, caramelised apple and cider chutney; jams – VKP Preserves, bramble sour cherry conserve; dessert – TC Patisserie, honey and rosemary brulee; dairy – The Little Cheese Pantry, Coverdale; pie – EG Bullivant and Daughters, pork pie; drink – Raisthorpe Manor, sloe sherry; meat dish – Manor Farm Beef, sirloin steak; baked goods – Side Oven Bakery, granola; oils and dressings – VKP Preserves, plum and taragon dressing; fish dish – Staal Smokehouse, oak roast salmon.

The festival is being staged by the town council in association with the town’s Local Food project From Field to Table, part of the Big Lottery Fund’s Local Food scheme.

It will be officially opened at 9.30am by Peter Levy, of BBC Look North.