The weather may be unseasonal, but a spring event for foodies in Epworth this weekend is sure to bring a bit of warmth to the streets.
Epworth’s popular food fair is back on Saturday, promising a bumper number of stalls that will be groaning with a plethora of home-baking, rare-breed meats and hand-made confectionery, to name but a few.
And the traders who will be offering the best of their quality, locally produced fare, will be happy to give advice on how best to prepare and cook their pies, meats and savouries, to those who wish to know.
The food fair is held partly responsible for the ever-growing visitor numbers to the Isle and North Lincolnshire, that are bucking the national trend of falling interest.
And although its title centres on the delights of the palate, the event does also feature the sale of plants, herbs and other sundries, and offers street entertainments to keep youngsters amused, and add to the fun and jollity of the whole occasion.
New to the fair this year is Cote Hill Farm’s soft creamy cheese and Laura’s traditional toffee and fudge for the sweet toothed.
This time also, the Axholme Brewery will attend for the first time, along with another welcome newcomer in the form of Lime Tree Pantry.
All of the regular favourites will be there, including Redhill Pork, Axholme Dexter Beef, Oslinc, Lincolnshire Poacher Cheese, Stonecrop Herbs and Fullers Bakery. Music will accompany you as you wander, sampling new tastes and talking to the friendly, knowledgeable stallholders.
Absolutely everything on sale comes from the local area and is sold directly by the producer.
Free parking will be available in Church Street and Chapel Street car parks, as well as an over-flow car park at Epworth Leisure Centre.
Councillor Liz Redfern, the leader of North Lincolnshire Council, said: “Epworth already has a great reputation for quality independent shops , but now it is gaining one for quality produce as well.
“The fair is always very popular; it’s not surprising with the wonderful great quality local produce on offer. You can find everything from fresh meats to scrumptious cakes and puddings.”
The tempting fair will run all day on Saturday from 9am to 3pm, and will fill Epworth Market Place with around 30 specialist stalls.
It is a well-supported event by both traders and visitors, and has become an important date on the calendar for everyone concerned, with customers returning again and again.
To find out more information about the weekend attraction that is Epworth Spring Food Fair, call Brigg Tourist Information Centre on 01652 657053.