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TV chef serves up a great start to Melksham food festival
Self-confessed ‘telly tart’ Dick Strawbridge got the Melksham Food Festival off to a flying start as he held court at the Assembly Hall.
The former army major-turned TV chef – often referred to as ‘Colonel Dick’ – launched the fifth annual festival last Friday with a night of tales from his varied career.
Assembly Hall manager Cameron Scott said: “Everyone had a lot of fun; it was an absolutely wonderful way to start the festival.
“He is a very, very nice guy; he kept everyone entertained and had a drink with everybody after.
“He went through his career, starting in the Army and getting into TV, then about the food shows he’s done with his son.”
The first official event of the festival was the Little-fest at Littlebrook shopping centre on Friday, which saw all the centre’s retailers taking part.
Jacs Brady, owner of Candy Jax said: “We did biscuit-baking, Antigua Joe played for us and sold his Caribbean hotpot, and we made lots of cake which we sold for Macmillan Cancer Support.
“A lot goes on at the top end of town, and it was great to get everyone involved with the festival.”
Events continued all through the week, with an evening of wine-tasting at the Town Hall, chilli tasting at Sainsbury’s, and a food quiz at The Pilot pub organised by the Rotary Club.
Sunday sees the culmination of the festival with the Food Fair at Melksham House from 11am, where local food suppliers and producers will be exhibiting their wares and offering a range of free tasters.
For more details on the remaining event of the festival visit www.melkshamfoodfestival.co.uk/events
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