Hitchin Food & Drink Festival 2017: Celebrity chefs Dean Edwards and Nigel Barden help whip up another culinary hit

Celebrity chef Dean Edwards at the Hitchin Food & Drink Festival 2017. Picture: JAF Milligan

Celebrity chef Dean Edwards at the Hitchin Food & Drink Festival 2017. Picture: JAF Milligan - Credit: Archant

A fine showcase of chefs, suppliers and producers whipped up a huge success during the sixth annual Hitchin Food & Drink Festival at the weekend.

Celebrity chef Nigel Barden at the Hitchin Food & Drink Festival 2017. Picture: JAF Milligan

Celebrity chef Nigel Barden at the Hitchin Food & Drink Festival 2017. Picture: JAF Milligan - Credit: Archant

More than 50 stallholders promoted their goods on Market Place and in the High Street on Saturday and Sunday, while celebrity chefs Nigel Barden from BBC Radio 2’s Simon Mayo show and Dean Edwards from ITV’s Lorraine cooked up a storm on the Creative Kitchen stage.

Nigel posted updates from his turkey schnitzel demo online, while Dean tweeted the Hitchin BID organising team afterwards to say: “I had a fantastic day! Thanks for having me.”

All smiles at the Hitchin Food & Drink Festival 2017. Picture: JAF Milligan

All smiles at the Hitchin Food & Drink Festival 2017. Picture: JAF Milligan - Credit: Archant

There were also showcases on both days from chefs behind some of the town’s best restaurants – including the Hermitage Rd Bar & Restaruant, and Bucklersbury tapas bar Los Reyes – and traders from Street Food Monthly, including Tuck In London and Soul Shack.

Town centre manager Keith Hoskins told the Comet afterwards: “This weekend continues to be one of the highlights of the year. The crowds were tremendous and the weather was kind.

“This festival is a great complement to the wonderful local produce and crafts market that is held on the last Saturday of each month, down by the riverside.”

To find out more, see facebook.com/HitchinFoodFest.

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