The organisers of this years Nottingham Food and Drink Festival are understandably excited about the new format that this years festival will have. To start with it now runs for 12 days instead of 4, running from the 29th of July until the 10th of July. Venues across Nottingham will be showcasing the best that the city has to offer with a selection of both speciality and seasonal menus.
These fall into 4 price brackets so there is one to suit every pocket. The cheapest menu comes in at under a tenner, then there is a menu for £11-£15, a menu for £16-£25, and the top priced menu is over £25. The full programme of events will be announced soon, so that visitors will know what is available and where. Three confirmed events so far are the Mad Hatters Tea Party a ‘Homemade’, the tea tasting at ‘Lee Rosy’s’ and ‘The Living Rooms’ blind cocktail tasting.

Those fans of fresh local produce will also be able to indulge their passions at the special festival market, which will be in the Old Market Square from the 30th of June until the 3rd of July. This year there will be over 70 stalls, and there will also be a demonstration area. The organisers have promised that this will be the largest food and drink market that the city of Nottingham has ever had.

Commenting on the return of the Festival, We Are Nottingham’s chief executive Sylvia Manser said:

“We’re aiming to create a 12 day celebration of food and drink that gets everyone in the mood for the summer.

“Nottingham has a fantastic selection of big name and independent venues and one of the broadest ranges of cuisines on offer outside of London. It therefore makes complete sense to make the venues the true stars for 2011.

“The Festival is funded by the licensees themselves and they have really embraced the new format with record numbers getting involved. We have over 60 signed up so far, which is a significant increase on previous years.

“We look forward to welcoming foodies from across the region to enjoy the Festival programme, with a few additional surprises thrown into the mix!”

Now in its third year, the Nottingham Food and Drink Festival also receives funding from the East Midlands Development Agency.

We Are Nottingham is a Business Improvement District that represents leisure businesses throughout the city centre. It is responsible for a host of initiatives to improve experiences of Nottingham’s bars, restaurants, clubs, hotels and other entertainment venues, including the successful Taxi Marshals and Street Pastors schemes.

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