MK FEAST, Milton Keynes’ premier food and drinks festival returns for its third instalment at Bradwell Abbey on Sunday (Dec 11).
Initiated by ‘MK Food Revolution’, the festival will showcase the best of the towns’ home-grown products and produce in a family-friendly and seasonal atmosphere - and it beats spending your weekend trawling shopping centres!
For this month’s edition of MK FEAST, six cold food stalls, six arts and craft businesses and ten street food vans will set up camp for the day.
Apart from a wider selection of street food, the organisers are offering a craft table for children as well as live music for everyone.
At the end of the day, the Wolverton Town Brass Band and the Milton Keynes Women's Choir will encourage carol singing.
In the second barn, a local craft beer bar and mulled wine bar will be run by Milton Keynes’ only specialist beer shop, the MK Biergarten.
“Christmas is a brilliant time for all of us to support the small businesses of Milton Keynes and buy presents which are made with care and make a real difference to the traders,” said organiser Franzi Florack, pictured..
“At Christmas FEAST, we are delighted to offer the best parts of a Christmas market, combined with street food and entertainment for kids.
"The atmosphere in the abbey is very festive and it’s going to be a great day out for the whole family.”
MK FEAST has become a regular event in the diary of many Milton Keynes Food lovers and further dates are already planned for 2017.
The first event in January 2016 was organised due to a lack of city-centre opportunities for independent traders.
Franzi is keen to increase awareness about sustainable food production.
She says: ‘Much has happened in the Milton Keynes food scene over the last year and we are delighted that residents are increasingly recognising our fantastic local offer.’
Sunday's tasty event will run between 11am and 4pm. Visitors will be able to tuck into all kinds of street food, from Indian, Mexican and Moroccan dishes to burgers, locally made sausages, and cheese toasties.
Vegan and vegetarian dishes will also be on offer.
The farmers market will boast locally made bread, chocolate, chutneys, honey, juices and cakes and visitors can round off their day by shopping for soap, photography and other art as well as flowers from the area.
Tickets are available on the door and cost £3. £1 of the entry fee is a donation to Willen Hospice. Entrance for children is free.