Preparations underway for the Worksop Food Festival


Snobbish butcher Johnny Pusztai at North Notts FoodFest in 2019.

Snobbish butcher Johnny Pusztai at North Notts FoodFest in 2019.

North Notts BID’s annual North Notts FoodFest will return to the Old Market Square on Saturday, July 3.

The free event will feature live demonstrations from celebrity chefs including Jean-Christophe Novelli and former Masterchef winner Laurence Henry, as well as a variety of events and artisan food stalls run by local vendors.

The event is the latest from Bassetlaw which aims to provide communities with local outdoor entertainment during the summer months as lockdown restrictions loosen.

The North Notts FoodFest returns to Worksp next month, having last held in 2019.

Dozens of uniquely designed BookBenches, which were created by local schools and artists in partnership with Wild in Art, are on display across Worksop Retford, Harworth and Tuxford to help draw footfall to local main streets.

North Notts BID Managing Director Sally Gillborn said: “We are delighted to have an eventful summer in North Nottinghamshire.

“After having to postpone them last summer during the lockdown, these events will mark a turning point where we can come together again and celebrate the best that our community has to offer.”

Party in The Square will also return to Retford on August 29.

There will be an array of free entertainment and food stalls, with X Factor star Alexandra Burke headlining. The Bowkers will also perform alongside the tribute to Ariana Grande, Amilia, ABBA Sensation and Hitch.

Sally added, “It’s been a tough year for everyone, so these events are a great way to celebrate the lifting of lockdown restrictions while bringing back traffic to city centers.

“As an added measure, we are also installing an additional large screen at the Kings Park Bandstand so those who want to stay socially distant can still come with a picnic and enjoy the event.

“We hope these events will trigger a return to normalcy and be a catalyst to re-energize our fantastic local businesses. “

The North Notts LitFest takes place the week starting September 13, with the finale on September 19 marking the end of the BID’s summer events program.

Sally said, “These events and projects are essential for raising community spirit in neighborhoods – something that has never been more important – and they are always incredibly well received by residents of the area.


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