Nottingham

Celebrity chefs dropped for Nottingham Food Festival

Chef makes paella in Nottingham's Old Market Square
Image caption Festival goers will get the opportunity to try food and drink made locally

Celebrity chefs will not be appearing at this year's Nottingham Food and Drink Festival due to budget cuts.

Last year Italian chef Gino D'Acampo did a cookery demonstration at the event held in Old Market Square.

Organiser Sylvia Manser said a third of last year's budget, which came partly from the East Midlands Development Agency, was spent on TV chefs.

"You're talking about four, five, figures for each celebrity chef," said Ms Manser.

Local chefs will still be doing cookery demonstrations in the Old Market Square which will have 70 food and drink related stalls.

This year the festival is focussing on the venues, not the celebrity chefs, said Ms Manser, who is chief executive of festival organiser We Are Nottingham.

Despite the reduced budget, this year's event has been extended from four to 12 days.

Special events, including tasting sessions, will also be held at bars and venues across the city.

The third Nottingham Food and Drink Festival runs from 29 June until 10 July.

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