East Midlands Food

East Midlands Food

Food dates for your diaries…

If you’re not away at the seaside, here are some food-related events in the East Midlands in August:

Bakewell Show, Derbyshire

The 180th Bakewell Show at The Showground, Bakewell on 4 – 5 August. Derbyshire’s premier agricultural and horticultural show. Many different breeds of animals are featured in the traditional Grand Parade of livestock and heavy horse winners to the centre ring to collect their prizes. For details, see https://www.bakewellshow.org/.  

Donington-le-Heath Manor House, Leicestershire

Guided walk of the period gardens by the gardener, who will talk about the historic importance of gardens through the ages, and the use of plants for cooking and medicinal purposes. Wednesday 25 August, 2pm. Pre-booking essential. Admission £4 Adults, £3 Concessions, £10 Family (2+2) or £7 (1+2). See http://www.leics.gov.uk/donington for contact details and directions.

Eating Creepy Crawlies Exhibition, Highcross, Leicester

Natural History Museum exhibition at Highcross Shopping Centre, Leicester. This looks at the variety of insects eaten in different countries across the world, either as part of the staple diet or as delicacies, including water beetles in China and tarantulas in Venezuela. The exhibition also features larger-than-life heads and mouths of a dragonfly and honey bee on the Lower Mall of the shopping centre. It runs until 29 August. Free entry. See http://www.highcrossleicester.com/website/ for more information.

Local Food Hero of the Year – Northamptonshire Food & Drink Awards 2010-11

Nominations are invited for the ‘Local Food Hero of the Year 2010/11′ award. The awards are ‘aimed at celebrating all that is great about the county’s produce and drink, recognising excellence among the county’s eateries, and giving a public pat on the back to those who strive to offer their customers the best of the best’. The closing date for nominations is 31 August 1010. Nomination forms can be downloaded from www.letyourselfgrow.com/live/food/awards or www.cprenorthants.org.

South Holland Food Festival, Spalding

Lincolnshire is the main food-producing county in England, and a major employer of labour in agriculture and horticulture. Events taking place during the Festival, which runs until Sunday 15 August, include Food Themed Craft activities at the Unique Cottage Studios on the outskirts of Spalding (10 August, 10 am – 2 pm); an Evening with Liz Wright, editor of ‘Smallholder magazine (7 August at Bookmark, Spalding from 7. 15 pm); and a two day Food Fair at the Castle Playing Fields in Spalding on 14 – 15 August. For full details of all events, see http://www.food-festival.net/diary.asp. You can also download a free Food Festival cookery book from http://www.food-festival.net/media/Recipe%20Book.pdf

Victorian Kitchen Tour, Newstead Abbey, Nottinghamshire

‘Behind the scenes’ tours of Newstead Abbey’s Victorian kitchen (not part of the normal tour of the house) take place on the last Sunday of each month until September at 12. 30, 1.30, 2.30 and 3.30 pm. The kitchen has disabled access for wheelchair users. Tickets: £1.50; season ticket holders and children free. More details at http://www.newsteadabbey.org.uk/.


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A research project that looked at various aspects of food in the East Midlands, linking them with museum displays and objects in the region, and making the results available to as many people as possible in different formats.