Wellingborough’s first food festival is on its way

Wellingborough Market is having a makeover
Wellingborough Market is having a makeover

There’ll be a chance to tickle your tastebuds with Wellingborough Food Festival taking place next month.

The festival will be hosted by Wellingborough Market on Friday, September 5, and Saturday, September 6, and will celebrate the very best food producers and businesses in the area.

Stalls are still available for anyone wanting to take part in the festival and promote their products to local shoppers.

The borough council is offering a reduced rate of just £10 per stall per day for anyone who signs up.

Cllr Peter Morrall, chairman of the council’s services committee, said: “Our area boasts some truly excellent food and drink producers and this festival is an ideal opportunity to showcase them.

“It’s a chance for people to find out more about the range of local food and drink on offer.

“Buying local produce has so many advantages; not only can you see where it’s from, who’s making it and how it’s made, but it benefits our economy as well.

“The festival is also an opportunity for our local producers to promote themselves, and to give market trading a go. We may have some people who’ve been looking for an opportunity to turn a hobby into a business and want to see how their products sell.

“Taking advantage of the reduced stall rate means that the festival is a really good way to set up on the market and see how it goes.

“Whether selling or shopping, I really hope lots of people support the first Wellingborough Food Festival.”

Ria Chambers, of Wellingborough tea shop Ria’s Rosy Lee, has also been involved in the organisation of the festival.

Ria, who is also a columnist for the Northants Telegraph, said: “Celebrating local food is a growing trend and I’m sure there is so much produce from around Wellingborough that people don’t know about.

“I’m also passionate about the market, as members of my family have been trading there for more than 40 years.

“It’s important to do what we can to help it thrive and I hope that events like this will mean people take another look at the market and maybe even take a permanent pitch.”

Local food producers and businesses who would like to take part in the festival can call Henry Summerfield on 07740 401139 or Stephen Dunkley on 01933 234546.