On Sunday 9th June, the Summer Belper Food Festival, in its 10th year, once again brought thousands of visitors to the town. Food stands catering for all needs stretched from Campbell Street all the way up to The Marketplace.
No. 28 showcased arts and crafts from local artists. The Memorial Gardens and lower King Street had plenty of childrens rides and games, there was street dancing and Node56 and others had arranged numerous live music venues, including stages on the Market Place, Memorial Gardens, the yard at The Railway and music stops at Nourish @ No.44 and Fresh Basil. Entertainment continued late into the evening with an after party of music being held at The Railway pub.
This year was the first to introduce Slow Shopping, in which Belper Town Council and Accessible Belper teamed up to ensure everyone could enjoy the food festival. Early opening and a free taxi service for people with mobility difficulties was provided. Many shops on King Street also opened to brisk business. Belper Town Council and scores of volunteers worked hard throughout the day to make sure that the event ran smoothly.