Photo Credit: Mei Yuet Lee

Photo Credit: Mei Yuet Lee

Leicester’s sixth annual Winter Food and Craft Festival attracted a steady crowd seeking comfort food from the chilly weather on Sunday, November 16.

The festival took over Leicester’s outdoor market from 11am to 5.30pm and visitors were spoilt with a variety of choices from stalls selling local favourites, international cuisine and handmade crafts.

Performing at the Market Square, DMU’s Gospel Choir entertained visitors with
seasonal tunes as the festival opened.

Throughout the afternoon, visitors had plenty of entertainment as they enjoyed their
food under shelter.

Returning entertainers, Skiband spread the festive vibes with sounds of ska, reggae and rock as they performed around the busy market and later, in the Market Square.

Heads also turned as a group of men and women dressed in period costume walked through the market, representing the Richard III Visitor Centre.

Andy Bates, chef and famous television personality on the Food Network presented two recipes with fellow chef, Sean Lawson.

The crowd, which had gathered around the stall for despite the rain, observed as he cooked Turkey Chowder and later Onion, Fennel and Cheese Tatin.

Visitors also got the chance to have a taste of his cooking; Bates shared samples of the food after the demonstrations and sold Cuban Sandwiches at his own stall.

Louise from Leicester, who was visiting the festival for the third time said: “The food’s the attraction! It’s different from what you would normally get in Leicester.”

True enough, food stalls selling American street food and mix­ and ­match Thai dishes drew lines.

Cupcakes, sweet fudge and cake pops were tempting attractions for families and students.

At the end of the day, Miss Piggy’s BBQ announced on Twitter that the business sold out of its delicious pulled pork again.

Early in the afternoon, Steve Buckle from Northamptonshire’s Doorstep Baking said: “It’s my first time at the festival and we’re here to spread the word about the business.

“To be honest, business has been a bit slow today, i’m not sure what I was hoping for, but it is getting busier.”