Welcome to the Holmfirth Food and Drink Festival 2012
To get everyone in the festival mood there were lots
of smaller fringe events in 2012. Local restaurants in Holmfirth
offered tantalising tasting menus, a chance to meet the
brewer, and an opportunity to taste some fantastic wines
and local cheeses.
Holmfirth baker Greg Christofi judged a
competition entered by local school children to find the
perfect festival muffin.
Holmfirth Vineyard now has The Tasting Lounge which is a
brand new purpose-built restaurant ideal for brunch,
lunch, wine-tasting or even a great cup of local
Holmfirth tea and Grumpy Mule coffee. Holmfirth Vineyard
run tours every day at 11am (pre-booking is essential)
or why not try a breakfast with locally-sourced produce
from Coddy’s farm. To book call 01484 691 861
The festival programme boasted an impressive line-up of
demonstrations and sampling sessions. Our chefs will also provided recipes so you can re-create the
fantastic dishes demonstrated.
In addition to the 60-plus local and regional food and
drink stalls, there was an arts and craft market
running over the weekend too as well as street theatre,
children’s workshops, German beer and pan house with
swing grill, and live music. It was a jam-packed
weekend for all the family.
Our Stallholders love the Holmfirth Food & Drink
Read their comments here...
"The event was a credit to your Department. Everyone
enjoyed it, traders and visitors alike!.
There was a wide area of coverage. I spoke to visitors
from Doncaster, Manchester, Harrogate etc.
Can you arrange such events for three or four times a
"Just wanted to say thank you very much for a superb
weekend, my team and I really enjoyed coming along to
the festival, and found it to be a great success.
We will definitely be coming again next year – so
reserve us a stall please!"
Independent Sales Director for The Pampered Chef
"Thank you for letting us attend the event yesterday.
It was very successful and we managed to speak to loads
of people about our the Love Food Hate Waste campaign.
Thanks again for yesterday."
"Maria, Just to say a big thank you to you, Claire,
Pam, Chris and everyone on your team for a brilliant
My staff and I have loved every bit of the weekend and
it is all down to hard work you all do to make it such a
The security team were brilliant and the car park
remained a safe place for every one.
The stall holders were all great to the staff and was a
pleasure to be around them all weekend.
I get involved in many things in Holmfirth, but, this
festival is the best organised, enjoyed and loved by
many and hundreds more.
Your commitment to ensure it works is a credit to you. I
cannot praise and thank you enough!
Old Bridge Hotel
"Thank you so much to you & your excellent team for a job
well done from all at Sharland's of Paddock.
What a superb event the Holmfirth Food & Drink Festival is, everyone who
visited had a great time I'm certain, I know we did!
We'll be back again next year, keep up the good work & book the sunshine
Sharland's of Paddock
Propermaid 2010 HSBC start up regionalist finalist
ProperMaid is the result of a university course
business feasibility project that came to life.
The company is the brainchild of Allison Whitmarsh, who, having conducted
the market research and completed the study to meet her course requirements,
realised she had stumbled on a realistic business opportunity.
Her research showed that, while people still preferred the flexibility of
shopping in a supermarket, they also wanted access to locally sourced
produce – a market sector that had grown by 30% in just one year.
Recognising the potential of an expanding market, Allison launched
ProperMaid, cooking cakes at home and distributing them through local
farmers’ markets to gauge customer interest and develop a broader knowledge
of the baking industry.
Allison has a passion for baking and has passed this on to her army of
baking ‘maids’, along with her interest in producing new and innovative
recipes. Her home baking ‘with a twist’ has resulted in taste treats such as
chocolate chilli and fudge, chocolate and beetroot, and courgette and lime
cakes. A dandelion and burdock cake, created in tribute to her home town of
Huddersfield, won the award for best bakery product at last year’s
Deliciously Yorkshire Awards, and will be followed soon by a liquorice cake
in honour of the 250th birthday of Yorkshire’s favourite sweets, Pontefract
Aware that their local focus is a key part of their customer appeal,
ProperMaid have so far targeted businesses within a 50 mile radius,
including nine Asda stores.
As demand for their products continues to increase, they are planning to
expand their premises to support the production of single portion retail
packs and are developing contacts with other local suppliers to help
increase sales. Discussions are under way with Morrisons, Booths, Tesco and
Selfridges, while by 2011 ProperMaid and its army of maids plan to be
looking into the potential of international sales, taking their ‘posh cakes
from Yorkshire’ much further from home.
See which celebrities enjoyed taking part in our past Festival Cook off
Challenges... and find out who won!
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