Malton Food Lovers Festival was simply ‘fantastic’!

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The fifth annual Malton Food Lovers Festival was hailed as “fantastic” and “brilliant” by visitors and stall holders.

After a miserable, wet start the small number of visitors swelled as the rain stopped, and fears of a low turnout were dispelled as cars and coaches made their way into town, with many people taking advantage of a free shuttle bus service.

A revamped layout of the stalls and other attractions this year meant visitors had plenty to choose from as they wandered around the Market Place and adjoining streets or watched top chefs demonstrate their skills in the Milton Rooms.

Top personalities included Antonio Carluccio, the “godfather” of Italian cuisine, Prince Charles’ personal chef Visen Anenden, James Mackenzie of the Pipe and Glass at South Dalton, Andrew Pern of The Star at Harome and journalist Tom Parker-Bowles.

Others were Rob Green of Greens of Whitby, Rob Porter of the Green Room, Scarborough, Stephanie Moon of Rudding Park, Harrogate, Norman Musda of Ning Restaurant, York, Michael O’Hare and James Wrigglesworth of Blind Swine in York and staff from Betty’s Cookery School.

Mr Carluccio, who has dubbed Malton as the culinary capital of Yorkshire, said: “I like to see people appreciate good food and this is an area where it is possible to do so.”

A beer tent organised by the Great Yorkshire Brewery at Cropton, Pickering, was set up near the Milton Rooms while in the grounds of the revamped Talbot Hotel another marquee allowed visitors to enjoy talks, wine-tastings and interviews by the festival president Selina Scott with personalities.

Denys Townsend, chairman of Malton and Norton Business in Action, said: “It is absolutely brilliant and the town is buzzing.”

Filey town councillor John Casey and his wife Brenda said they would take away ideas for their own town’s food festival this summer and Euro-MP for the region Timothy Kirkhope thought it “most impressive.”

Picture shows Becky Scott,left, and Gill Wright serving up ices in The Sweetest Thing ice cream parlour. 132031j