Sample Rutland’s best food and drink at county show

Rutland Day at Rutland Water, Empingham.  Hambleton Bakery stall, from left, head baker Julian Carter, shop assistant Marion Shaw and sales manager Rob Hill. Photo: MSMP140913-025ow ENGEMN00120130915164045
Rutland Day at Rutland Water, Empingham. Hambleton Bakery stall, from left, head baker Julian Carter, shop assistant Marion Shaw and sales manager Rob Hill. Photo: MSMP140913-025ow ENGEMN00120130915164045
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Breads and brews made in Rutland will be among the food and drink on offer at a festival celebrating the best of what Britain’s smallest county has to offer.

Rutland Food & Drink Festival, is on Saturday, September 13, at Sykes Lane, at Empingham.

Organiser Rutland Tourism expects around 5,000 people to attend the event which is in its fifth year.

Visitors can sample, and buy, items from alcoholic ice cream and award winning bread to luxury sloe gin, gourmet cheese and a selection of locally brewed beers.

Some of the county’s top chefs including Aran Patterson, of Hambleton Hall and Gwilym Owen of Launde Farm Foods will take part in live cookery demonstrations on the big stage.

Chefs will also battle it out by competing in the Great Rutland Cook Off.

Tourism officer Mary Copley said: “The aim of the Festival is to showcase what’s great about Rutland.

“We may be small but we do have a good punch in the food and drink sector.

“That’s one of the main reasons people come here - for the good quality food and drink.

“Even our pubs are known for using local produce and cutting down on food miles.”

The festival is part of Anglian Water’s Rutland Day when visitors have the opportunity find out what local sports clubs, fitness instructors and activity providers have to offer, as well as mini challenges and taster sessions.

Those interested can have taster sessions and meet the coach, instructor or provider.

There will also be demonstrations during the day from Oakham RFC, Kendrew Barracks and Vale Judo Club.

Ms Copley said: “It’s a good day to enjoy live music, make use of the children’s play area and mini golf and relax on beach all within the same site.”

The Rutland ShoreLink bus, which accommodates bikes and dogs, will be available to passengers from 8.30am to 6.30pm.

For more details about the festival go to www.discover-rutland.co.uk and for information about the bus service go to www.rutland.gov.uk/shorelink or call 01572 722577.