Food glorious food! Festival a runaway success

Filey Food festival''Demo chef Phil Leverington  doing a knife demo''w134122a
Filey Food festival''Demo chef Phil Leverington doing a knife demo''w134122a

Despite gloomy skies and howling winds, crowds of food and drink lovers turned out in their droves to make the third Filey Food Festival a tasty affair.

Around 7,000 foodies flocked to the Evron Centre and the surrounding 
gardens during the two-day event at the weekend.

Filey Food festival''Judi Pickering of Tossers crepe stall''w134122b

Filey Food festival''Judi Pickering of Tossers crepe stall''w134122b

The turnout gave traders a much-needed out-of-season boost, with tasty treats such as pies, cheese and beer proving too much of a temptation for visitors.

One person who enjoyed the flavoursome fare was Tony Viney.

His firm Sant’ Angelo resources are the hitmakers who have helped to turn around the fortunes of the Open Air Theatre, and festival organisers drafted them in to help add their golden touch to the fast-growing food fair.

And after a weekend of scoffing pork pies washed down by beer, it’s little surprise he’s looking forward to the next event – which he claims will be bigger than ever.

“We are already working on another event for next June, and the next festival is going to blow up,” said Mr Viney.

“But this year was really good, we had more stalls than ever and even with the bad weather, we still had 7,000 people come through, which is impressive.”

Organisers are now exploring the possibility of adding craft stalls to the ever 
expanding fair next year.

The long-term hope that organisers have is that the festival will rival fellow money-spinning events in places like Malton, which regularly attracts tens of thousands of guests, lured in by big-name chefs.