DEWSBURY’S first Homemade Festival proved a big hit with 4,000 people descending on the town.
Organised by Kirklees Council, the festival boasted a wide range of food, drink and craft stalls in and around the town hall, the market and in Market Place.
Demonstrations included truffle making with the Ministry of Chocolate, beef and horseradish sausage making with Coddy’s Farm and Karen Kaye’s drop-in gift box making workshop, where it was standing room only with lots of people taking home their own creations. Children were entertained during the morning, making pompoms and felt brooches.
Madame Zucchini entertained children and adults outside the town hall with her vegetable version of Star Wars, featuring Princess Lemonface, Leek Skywalker, Darth Tater and Chewbroccoli.
The Cake Quarter was busy all day with a range of buns, biscuits and cupcakes to delight every sweet-toothed visitor.
Stallholders reported good sales with some of the food stalls selling out before the 4pm close.
Clr Mehboob Khan, leader of Kirklees Council, said: "I was delighted to hear that before the stallholders had packed up they all said they would like to return.
"They told us that the atmosphere around the town hall was fantastic and the people of Dewsbury were very welcoming.
"Dewsbury is great place to shop, offering excellent value for money.
"As we approach the festive season, it’s worth reminding people that Dewsbury is also home to a fantastic market, recognised as one of the finest in the country."