The sun has got a food festival sizzling on its 10th birthday event.
Holmfirth Food and Drink has been setting the town alive with inviting aromas from around the world, dance and music since it set up shop this morning for the start of the two day celebration.
Over 60 stalls will take over the streets and the nooks and crannies of the town until 9pm tonight and on Sunday to showcase the best culinary delights being made in the region, giving the estimated 38,000 visitors a feast to remember.
Venison and buffalo, tastes of the Caribbean and Thailand and mouth-watering cakes are just some of the treats that have been filling people’s bellies from the stalls, which weave their way from Towngate up Hollowgate, around the Huddersfield Road Library and into the space next to the Picturedrome.
Beers from local breweries such as The Nook and Summer Wine are also in strong force along with other alcohol vendors, to showcase the breadth of local talent.
All the produce was washed down on the first day with spontaneous performances by musicians, dancers and street actors, which included an all ages Winston’s Pennine Jazz band, a Spanish dancing troupe and a hilarious drag dinner ladies two piece by the Brad and Butter Theatre Company.
Greg Christofi, organiser and founder of the festival, who sacrifices sleep with a team of nine others and 10 volunteers to make sure the event runs smoothly, is thrilled with the turnout.
“It’s absolutely brilliant to be doing this 10 years on”, he said.
“When I and my team started out we got around 2,000 to 3,000 visitors and it’s got stronger ever since.
“Every available stall, which cost £250, was taken up this year and the money raised means that we’ll be able to continue it in the future.
“It’s great to be able to put something on together that creates a really friendly and lively atmosphere and makes people happy.
“It would just be nice if we could get Kirklees Council to help more in keeping it going.”
Nick Fryer, came with his wife Janine and sister Sarah, who all live in Holmfirth.
“It’s great for businesses and brings people together really well.
“We'll go both days just to make the most of it.”
But it was not just established vendors that are being celebrated.
Organisers have created a jam-packed schedule of have-a-go events, many of which were created to inspire the next generation of chefs.
Bread making, mocktail classes, sweet decorating and cake decorations are just some of the family friendly events that are being held both days in restaurants and bars, along with the adult beer tasting and cocktail masterclasses.
Hannah Jackson, seven, travelled from Bradford to try her hand at making the perfect drink.
“I’ve never done anything like this before–it’s very exciting”, she said.