Why organisers of Cottingham Food and Drink festival say it will be the biggest yet
Visitors at 2016's festival
By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 17 Aug 2017
Organisers of Cottingham’s annual food and drink festival say they hope to match last year’s event which saw a record 25,000 people visit the village event.
Cllr Helen Green, organiser, says that there will be more stalls than ever when the fifth edition of the festival comes to the village next month.
The festival will see 90 stalls, including a funfair area for children, as well as cooking demonstrations by celebrity chef Brian Turner, as well as chefs Stephanie Moon, John Robinson from Whites in Beverley and Chris Harrison from Hull’s Shoot the Bull.
The stalls will be lined across Hallgate, Market Green, and King Street, which will be closed off for the duration of the event on Sunday, September 17.
Cllr Green said last year’s Food and Drink Festival was the best ever and would be really happy to match it once again.
“I’m not sure if we’d be able to top last year’s, it was that good, but we definitely want to match it,” she said.
“We want it to be at least as good as last year, but it will also have a lot of different stall to last year as well. There will be plenty of new things for people to see.
“There are more stall than ever before, 90 of them so it’s pretty massive. Unfortunately I had to turn some people away but it just highlighted the popularity of the festival.
“It’s important not to have too much repetition and we’ve got a good variety of stalls, with some new ones and some that have been here for numerous festivals.”
The East Riding Councillor said that she is keen to help support and give a platform to local businesses through the event.
Deana Parkinson, chef Brian Turner, Helen Green and Joyce Fox at the 2016 event
She said: “You’ve got an audience there of 25,000 people. We really want to help see local businesses grow and give them support and a good platform to people.
“Yesterday I was speaking to someone who has run a stall here for each of the five festivals and he said that each time takings increased year after year.
“We’re showcasing what the local area has to offer. I would say about 98 percent of the stalls of Yorkshire based, and a lot from Cottingham, Beverley and Hull.”
Cllr Green, who has been helped with the organisation of the event by fellow Councillor Mike Medini, said it will be a great way to welcome people to the village.
She said: “The new University students will arrive just before festival and I think, ‘what a welcome to Cottingham for them’.”
“Once mum and dad have left them with a wodge cash they’d be able to come down, get some good food, and then also maybe check out the local gin distillers, vodka, cider and craft beers.”
The event has received funding and support from EY Events, Sewell on the Go, Graham and Rosen solicitors and Swift Caravans.