2012 Nottingham Food Festival set to be the best ever

A wide range of new ingredients are going to be involved in the Food and Drink Festival that is going to be held in Nottingham this year. The new ingredients mean that this event is going to be the most varied festival that has ever taken place in the city.

This is the fourth year that the festival has taken place in the city and this year it has attracted sponsorship from the airline, bmibaby.

The event is going to start on the 4th July and runs for four days. At the centre of the Festival will be the Market Square in the city, where over 40 stalls are going to be located selling all different kinds of food. There is going to be a specific area focusing on wine and beer this year where all sorts of beverages will be able to be sampled. Many of these include local ales and wines.

The demo theatre will make a welcome return, newly extended for 2012, and, once again, restaurants and bars across the city centre will be hosting a varied programme of events and masterclasses. With everything from sushi making to blind cocktail tasting, there will also be a host of special offers to tempt diners to sample the wide variety of cuisines that Nottingham has to offer.

Sylvia Oates, chief executive of We Are Nottingham, commented: We’re thrilled to be back for 2012 and to have bmibaby on board for a five-day celebration of Nottingham’s vibrant food and drink offering. The new beer and wine marquee is something that we’ve been looking at for a while and will be a showcase area for some of the finest wine producers and the region’s outstanding breweries and microbreweries.

“This year, we’ve made the decision to extend the demonstration area so that even more people can enjoy the demos and pick up some inspiration. We have some talented chefs in this city and this is all about showcasing their talents and making them the stars of the show. Last year’s event was our busiest yet, and with the new elements and varied programme, I’m confident that 2012 will be a record year for the bmibaby Nottingham Food and Drink Festival.”

bmibaby will have a stall at the Festival, offering people the chance to win flights from East Midlands Airport. Julian Carr, managing director, bmibaby, said: “As an East Midlands based airline it is great for us to get involved with the local community and we are really excited to be the sponsor of the bmibaby Nottingham Food and Drink Festival.

Nottingham has a fantastic mix of food and drink venues and we are proud to support this platform for them to showcase their talent.” For more information on the bmibaby Nottingham Food and Drink Festival 2012, visit www.nottsfoodanddrinkfestival.com. Further details on the work of We Are Nottingham, including details on the Taxi Marshal and Best Bar None schemes, can be found at www.wearenottingham.co.uk.  For more information about bmibaby visit www.bmibaby.com