With slideshow: Food fair went down a treat

A food and drink fair held in Ilkeston for the first time at the weekend was a massive success.

Organised by Carol and Gordon Pringle who run the Rutland Cafe, the event saw 26 exhibitors and attracted more than 1,000 people to Ilkeston Rugby Club.

Ilkeston Food & Drink Fair'Ilkeston Rugby Club'12th October 2014.''Lindsay Burton from Lindsay's Still Room in Turnditch hands out free samples of alcoholic drinks she has made herself. Here she offers Kim Taylor from Bulwell a taster.''Picture by Dan Westwell''dan.westwell@btinternet.com

Ilkeston Food & Drink Fair'Ilkeston Rugby Club'12th October 2014.''Lindsay Burton from Lindsay's Still Room in Turnditch hands out free samples of alcoholic drinks she has made herself. Here she offers Kim Taylor from Bulwell a taster.''Picture by Dan Westwell''dan.westwell@btinternet.com

Carol said: “It was absolutely amazing, 1,100 turned up. The weather was good and people were really enthusiastic and asked when the next one would be.

“It was so busy that a lot of the stall holders sold out. We never expected there to be so many people there. On an evaluation form everyone said it was well organised and a lot of them rated the venue as excellent, and the live music went down really well and the compere Mick Gee was phenomenal. You would never have known it was our first one. It was like organising a wedding with 26 brides.”

The Ilkeston Food and Drink Fair was such a success that they are planning to hold it again next year, as well as one at Easter.