CULINARY enthusiasts are being invited to create ‘a taste of Burton’ for a cookery competition running as part of a town festival.
The event is open to all and will run alongside the Washlands Festival, which will be held on Saturday, July 27 next year.
Participants will be asked to source their own ingredients and create their dish to their own recipe, with entries to be judged at Burton and South Derbyshire College by a panel including Burton MP Andrew Griffiths.
The winning entrant will have their dish served at the National Brewery Centre, in Horninglow Street, on the eve of the festival.
Festival deputy chairman Paul Wayman told the Mail: “We want something to represent Burton as a dish, and to become something Burton’s well known for.
“We are looking for dishes which can sweet or savoury, using local ingredients and preferably with a dash of Burton beer.
“Obviously we have Burton’s brewing heritage, which is the thing that ties everything together, but we want to do something Burtonians can be proud of and which will give the town publicity.”
Anyone wishing to enter the cooking competition is asked to contact Mark Broughton by emailing broughtonscatering@ googlemail.com or calling 07719 999007.
Other events planned for the festival, to be held at Washlands Sports Club, off Meadow Road, include a guided walk organised by Burton Civic Society, a nature walk and a cycling tour.
Organisers are still in talks with Staffordshire County Council over road closures for a parade from Marston’s Brewery, in Shobnall Road, to the festival site.
Meanwhile, entries are still being accepted for a contest offering people the chance to enter their own home-brewed beer to compete against some of the town’s brewing giants.
Entrants will be rated by a panel of judges at Tutbury Castle on Saturday, May 11, with the winning ale to be brewed at the town’s Tower Brewery, sold at the festival and local pubs, and entered into the main festival beer competition alongside brews from the likes of Marston’s and Molson Coors.
Mr Wayman said: “This is a brilliant opportunity for people to brew their own beer, to get their face known and get people in the industry to take notice.”
People wishing to enter their beer are asked to contact committee member Luke Lucas by emailing frodobaggins832@ gmail.com or calling 07549 306509.
Meanwhile, the festival is still looking for sponsors, with anyone interested asked to contact Mr Wayman on 07807 113201 or festival chairman May Arthur on by calling 01283 542656 or emailing email@example.com