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OTTERY: Recipe for success at food festival

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

ALL SMILES: Emma Grainger and Geoff Baker with young fans of the famous Ottery fish dance

ALL SMILES: Emma Grainger and Geoff Baker with young fans of the famous Ottery fish dance

Thousands of visitors flocked to Ottery St Mary this weekend to wine and dine at the town’s second annual Food and Families Festival. Sainsbury’s car park was transformed into a bustling street market once again, with food stalls, cooking demonstrations and musical performances keeping visitors fed and entertained throughout the weekend. There were further stalls in Mill Street, with further attractions in the Lamb and Flag pub and The Institute. Local councillor and parliamentary candidate Claire Wright, who formally opened the event on Saturday morning, said the festival had “brought Ottery to life”, creating a “great energy” around the town. The festival had been in doubt for some time earlier in the year due to funding setbacks, but was back on track after Councillor Wright offered money from her county council locality budget to support the event. Food fans enjoyed a range of expert cooking demonstrations in the main marquee, before dining in style in the evening with a safari dinner across some of the town’s top restaurants. And visitors also took time out from browsing the stalls to witness the return of the famous Ottery fish dance in Mill Street. Mazzard Farm’s Ruud Jansen Venneboer, one of the festival’s main organisers, said he hoped the event would be a boost to the whole town and that traders would return to take part in Ottery’s monthly street market.


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