Saturday October 6th with see Lincolnshire’s Portas Pilot town – Market Rasen – celebrating Lincolnshire’s finest food with a gastro market extravaganza entitled “Food Glorious Food”.
With some big help from Tastes of Lincolnshire, the cobbled market place looks set to be sizzling with a free, live cooking demo by award winning celebrity food writer Dominic Franks, who blogs at Belleau Kitchen.
Dominic commented: “Lincolnshire has some incredible produce and food producers who tend to keep quiet about how fabulous they are, so it has become part of my remit to shout for them! The gastro market on October 6th looks like the perfect chance to do that, on a big scale. I’ll be using produce from the market stalls and from independent shops in the town of Market Rasen itself, so it’s Lincolnshire all the way. I can’t wait.
“I feel very privileged to be part of this new enterprise and hope to bring something exciting to encourage locals to come and have a fun day out… I plan to create some fun and easy dishes using product that visitors can go and buy then and there…”
Lydia Rusling of Tastes of Linclonshire added: “We are thrilled to be a part of Market Rasen’s celebration of local food and drink in October. The MR BIG team have already done a great job of putting the market back into Market Rasen with a series of well organised and well attended markets each month. The ‘Food Glorious Food’ market is great opportunity to come along to select some of the best of the county’s food and drink, watch cookery demonstrations and sample some delicious tastes of Lincolnshire!”
MR BIG markets director Jackie Smith gave a taste of what was in store: “There will be over 40 stalls heaving with delicious samples to taste and plenty of luxury food and drink to take home for that weekend treat, or maybe an early Christmas gift taken care of. As will all our markets, there will be a host of exceptional offers from our high street too, that only run for market day. We’ve got five free car parks in the town, and we’re on a rail and bus route, so there’s plenty of ways to get here and get stuffed!”
The market central to the Portas Pilot work by Market Rasen’s business improvement group – MR BIG – who have vowed to “put the market back in Rasen”, and pull the crowds in too, by hosting un-missable events on the first Saturday of every month, until Christmas.
Sarah Lamballe, another MR BIG director and volunteer, added: “Personally I’m really excited about Dominic’s demo, having followed his Belleau Kitchen blog for some time – everything he cooks looks amazing. We’re also pleased to confirm he’ll be using food from local sources: Lancaster’s Butchers from our own high street, J North our fruit and veg market traders, Rectory Reserve Sausages, Vicarage Farmhouse Free Range Eggs, Oak Tree Pigs, Goat Wood Dairy and Redhill Farm, plus the ‘big boys’ – the Coop and Tescos! Dom will be cooking from guest menus designed by local chefs too, so it’s a real community effort.”
The Food Glorious Food market is on Saturday October 6th in the market square, Market Rasen, staring from 9am. Come along and discover what home grown delights Dominic will be cooking up on the day, and if you like the look of any dishes we’ve featured in this blog, click the photograph to read the recipe at the Belleau Kitchen.
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