Town food festival is ready for all weathers

ENTERTAINERS at the St James Food Festival in Louth will perform under cover thanks to support from a town business.

The new Lincolnshire Co-operative store in Newbridge Hill has donated a large portable canopy to the Louth Town Partnership to keep the rain off during the events that it hosts in the town.

Its first use will be at the Food Festival in the town centre on Sunday July 17.

It will also be at the ready for the Victorian Family Fayre on Sunday October 23.

The company’s area manager for Louth, Gary Smith, said: “We realise that these events are organised by volunteer groups with limited funds and it is a pleasure to help them out where we can.”

Patrick Neville, chairman of the Louth Food & Drink Group which organises the town centre events, said: “Last year we were very fortunate with the weather on each occasion, but I wouldn’t want to take any bets on this year.

“The canopy will give us that extra assurance. Many of our entertainers also are volunteers and it’s good to know that if it rains it will not dampen their performance.”

The St James Food Festival has attracted well over 60 stalls, almost double the number at last year’s event. They include traders from all over Lincolnshire as well as Notts and Yorkshire.

Local food ranging from traditional meat and fish products to cheeses, breads, chocolates and preserves will be on sale together with an interesting array of arts and crafts. Entertainment will include the popular Punch and Judy, music and dancing, food demonstrations and performances by local schools and artists.