The Delicious Doncaster Food & Drink Festival took place in difficult circumstances this year, but as Doncopolitan’s roving reporter Kylie Noble shows, it still packed flavour…
The Delicious Doncaster Food and Drink Festival returned to the town centre 23rd – 25th July. The local festival spanned across the town centre located at both the Marketplace and Sir Nigel Gresley Square. Celebrating small businesses and highlighting cultural diversity within the town, the three day event brought people far and wide together to enjoy local cuisines. Run by the events team at Doncaster Council, Delicious Doncaster, was one of the first big events to happen in the Town Centre post-pandemic.
The festival kicked off on the Friday evening with cooking demos at the Wool Market, that would continue on through Saturday with live entertainment in the Market Square. Some of the recognisable local restaurants involved were Indian Hawker, Clam and Cork, Liquor Lab, The Rustic Pizza Co and Taste Peru.
Saturday was the flagship day of the festival, with hundreds of people attending. This years focus, decided by the Council, was on Peruvian food and culture. Providing a range of activities for adults and children that Peruvian Independence Day. Taste Peru, which is located in the Wool Market and owned by Maryan Carmillo; led a cookery demonstration that took inspiration from the owners own roots in Lima, Peru.
Other activities that took place place over the weekend included craft for kids, Spanish lessons, salsa classes and even a salsa band to top off the festivities.
Other businesses who traded over the weekend included:
- The Tipsy Tap
- Another One for the Road
- Watts and Slobs
- Devon’s Kitchen
- Fresh Olives
- Raf’s Freestyle Food Ltd.
We also saw an introduction to the newest Vegan trader in town, Herbivore Vegan Cafe. Herbivore recently opened on July 20th and offering an entirely vegan menu. Putting huge emphasis on using produce and vegetables bought from Doncaster Market for their food and using recyclable materials for their packaging, Herbivore offers a completely green eating experience. If you fancy trying them out for yourself, orders can be made via Just Eat. So far the owners have seen “ a great uptake” their new venture and are optimistic that in time, they will be able to open their own premises.
Entertainment was provided by Earthbound Misfits (a mix of outdoor theatre and circus skills) and Old Time Sailors (a flashmob musical show focused on Irish Folk and Bluegrass).
Due to Covid-19, the festival was scaled back and unfortunately not all traders could attend. However, new offerings this year included the Kubz Tipi Bar which was located at Sir Nigel Gresley Square, with Opera Restaurant and The Harewood providing offers on their menus to coincide with the event.
A spokesperson from Doncaster Council said: “This year’s event was a very much reduced event to our usual festival in order to give local businesses an opportunity to trade once again after a very difficult year. We very much hope to deliver our usual event in 2022 which will include celebrity chef appearances, demonstrations and competitions, which we were unable to do this year due to the pandemic.”
The response from the festival was overwhelmingly positive and suggests huge support for next years event.
Did you attend the Delicious Doncaster festival? What other events would like to see Doncopolitan cover moving forward?