This year’s North Notts Food Festival – will be held on Saturday 3 July 2021

Held on the Old Market Square in Worksop, the free event includes live demonstrations by celebrity chefs, competitions and entertainment. The festival will also include a mixture of artisan food market stalls from local vendors.

Celebrity chef Jean-Christophe Novelli will be holding live demonstrations to show visitors how to put together different dishes. The multi-Michelin star and 5/5 AA rosette-winning chef, author and restauranteur has appeared on a number of TV programmes – including Hell’s Kitchen, Celebrity X Factor and Celebrity Hunted – as well as running his own cookery school, The Novelli Academy.

Novelli will be joined by young local chef Laurence Henry, who is based in Nottingham and a former Masterchef winner. Henry has previously worked for Michelin Star chef Sat Bains and is currently working towards the opening of his own restaurant.

Along with Jean-Christophe Novelli and Laurence Henry, food economist Teresa Bovey and “Snobby Butcher” Johnny Pusztai will also be making an appearance, and the comedy chefs of Liver Cottage will be returning.

Sally Gillborn, chief executive at North Notts BID, said: “We’re so excited about the possibility of being able to hold the food festival this year. We were devastated when we had to cancel our event last summer, so this glimmer of hope from the government means that we can start to prepare for restrictions to be lifted and work towards bringing the community back together again.

“Following a difficult year for many businesses – especially those in the food and drink sector – we’re hoping that the festival will attract footfall to the town centre and provide local business owners with a way of attracting new custom to help them get back on their feet.”

Nick Howdle, Managing Director of Meat and co said” We are proud to be sponsoring this year’s event. We will be hosting inaugural “North Notts Best Sausage” competition.  It is open to all butchers and farm shops based in the district of Bassetlaw who think they have got an award-winning sausage.

Winning the competition could mean a massive boost to business – so all butchers, are encouraged to enter their products early to take advantage of the media coverage on the lead up to the event. We are looking at everything from pork and beef sausages through to chicken and game meats, we are also encouraging entrees to make up some interesting ingredients combinations.

The North Notts Food Festival takes place on Worksop’s Old Market Square on Saturday July 3rd from 9am till 5pm