Torrential rain fails to dampen Waterside Food Festival spirits

By janetuplin |

Torrential rain failed to deter visitors to the second Waterside Food Festival held along The Ropewalk Promenade in Barton upon Humber.

Despite the leaden skies more than 1,000 visitors were attracted to the event.

“Sadly it was a case of déjà vu  with the weather for the Food Festival,” said organiser Liz Bennet.  “Who would have thought that for the second year running the conditions could have been so terrible?”

“Our second Food Festival had less wind that last year but just as much rain. Dolce Brass were true professionals and despite many torrential downpours ….the band played on!” Liz continued.

“However I am sure that all those hardy visitors who did brave the weather enjoyed browsing the stalls selling locally made produce, including chocolate, cheese, bread, beer and preserves as well as the street entertainers and live music,” Liz continued.

A welcome haven awaited visitors to Ropery Hall with a pasta making demonstration from Nigel Brown of the Nigel Brown Cookery Academy based at The Ropewalk and jam making demonstrations by Jenny of Jenny’s Jams, in Lincoln, who has previously acted as a judge in national jam making competitions.

One of the highlights of the day was the drawing of the raffle which has as its first prize a 47 inch LED television kindly donated by Barton’s local Euronics store, Lindsey Relay, along with a blue-ray player.

“One of our patrons, Malcolm Taylor of Barrow, won the first prize with Michael Logan from the North Bank winning the second prize, a Kindle Fire,” Liz revealed.

Avril Robinson won the hamper and the two prizes of Golden Events Tickets and Golden Film Tickets went to Denise Popplewell and Gill Hunton respectively.

The raffle raised £1140 which brings the building fund’s current donation total to £5865.61.

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