Park and ride for Louth Food Festival

Visitors travelling to Louth for the town’s Food Festival on Sunday July 14 can take advantage of a new Ppark and ride shuttle between the Industrial Estate and Louth Bus Station.

Responding to new Sunday parking charges introduced earlier this year, and the fact that Louth’s car parks don’t have enough spaces for the amount of vehicles these popular events bring in, the Louth Town Partnership has introduced the service so that visitors to this popular event can park their cars and get along to the action for just 50p each way.

Buses will run from Bolingbroke Road on the Industrial Estate (near the GBM depot) and will drop off at the bus station. They will start at 9am and run at half-hourly intervals until 5pm. Signs will show the way to the start point.

Partnership chair Jerry Gale said: “Each Town Centre event organised by the Partnership is attracting more than 5000 people into the town. Many come from the myriad villages and farms that surround Louth and with no regular Sunday bus service they have to use their cars.

“If we can make it easier for them to get to the town centre either with the Park & Ride service or with free parking then we are achieving our objective of increasing footfall into the town and supporting our local businesses.”

Along with the Park & Ride facility, free parking will be available to early arrivals at the Cattle Market car park thanks to a special agreement with East Lindsey District Council who were keen to support the event and at the Northgate Co-operative.

This is the third annual Food Festival run by the Partnership and is bigger and better than ever.

There are almost 100 food, arts and crafts stalls this year – a 50 per cent increase on 2012 - with the action extending down Eastgate for the first time.

The event is intended to showcase Louth’s excellence as a food town representing the high quality and variety of produce grown, distributed and sold in the town through its many artisan food shops. Most town centre shops will be open for the occasion and Lincolnshire Butcher of the Year Trevor Fairburn will be serving his popular hog roast.

Many of the stalls will have produce with an international flavour and there will be live entertainment from the 10am start right through to 4pm.

Activities will include food demonstrations from local chefs Debbie Kenyon, who has worked with Jamie Oliver and Rachel Green, and Michael Bullimore, whose cooking prowess can be sampled at the Queen’s Head in nearby Legbourne.

The foodie event culminates Louth’s first Zero Degrees festival of music and the arts organised under Town Partnership umbrella and is a fitting curtain raiser for the Victorian Family Fayre in October.