Cottingham to hold first food festival next September
A FOOD festival is being held in Cottingham for the first time as the village seeks to put itself on the culinary map.
The festival will feature demonstrations from East Riding chefs and stalls set out by village businesses.
It is timed to coincide with the start of Freshers' Week at the University of Hull and will offer advice on eating well with a budget to the village's 1,000 students.
The festival is being organised by councillor Helen Green, who represents Cottingham South ward.
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She said: "I'm going to angle it at students.
"For many, it will be their first time on their own and they will want to cook cheaply.
"I'm also going to work with County Hall and businesses to compile an introduction to Cottingham for students."
The councillor hopes her village can repeat Beverley's gastronomic success.
The market town holds a food festival once a year, which draws crowds of thousands.
She said: "I don't want it to be a carbon copy of Beverley but we're the largest village in England.
"I want to put us on the map and show people we have some fantastic businesses in Cottingham."
The emphasis will be on produce sourced from the region.
The councillor said: "I'm going to have demonstrations from chefs.
"We're going to have youngsters studying catering working alongside chefs in a preparation role."
Cllr Green is applying for funding from the Haltemprice Economic Development Group.
She also wants to involve the contractors who have been carrying out roadworks around Cottingham.
The festival will be held on September 22 next year, the day after students arrive for the winter term.
Cllr Green is encouraging traders to get involved in the project. She said: "Any businesses wishing to take part should get in touch.
"I want to showcase what East Yorkshire can do.
"I would like the businesses in Cottingham to promote what they do and I'm hoping to work with restaurants in the village."
Cllr Green said traders could also take advantage of the foreign language students who study in Hull in the summer.
She said: "We have Chinese and Japanese students coming in at the end of June.
"I think it would be good for the traders to put Chinese and Japanese food in their shops."