Success for first ever Food Fest

FROM sushi, to paella and cupcakes to hot dogs Banbridge town centre was awash with exotic flavour last week as tastes from around the world came to Scarva Street for the district’s first ever Food Fest.

An estimated 5,000 people descended on the town and battled the wind and rain to enjoy the delights of different delicacies from across the globe. More than 20 local food producers from all parts of the district set up stalls in Scarva Street to cater for the crowds, and the organising committee of the Chamber of Commerce said the day was a great success - and sets the standard for next year.

“Despite the heavy rain we welcomed thousands of people to Banbridge to enjoy a wide range of exotic foods, and some closer to home,” said a Chamber spokesman.

“We had some late enquiries for stalls so we were actually oversubscribed and we would welcome all those who didn’t get a chance to feature this year to get in contact for next year.”

Sixteen people entered the Hot Dog eating competition, sponsored by Quails and the Windsor Bakery. The winner managed six hot dogs in three minutes, and Cool FM joined in the fun on the day.

On the day there was also a range of food and drink demonstrations in the newly refurbished Old Town Hall. A cocktail-making exhibition was held along with a cofee-making demonstration and mexican food and bakery displays.

“We would like to thank all those who participated, everyone who turned up to show their support - and the council who helped in so many ways,” added the spokesman.