Tasty line-up for Bourne’s first International Food Festival

The team behind Bourne International Food Festival and Street Market EMN-140618-161450001
The team behind Bourne International Food Festival and Street Market EMN-140618-161450001
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The organisers of Bourne’s first street carnival for many years hope to see plenty of people turn out to enjoy the day.

The first Bourne International Food Festival and Street Market will take place in Abbey Road and North Street on Sunday.

Gordon Cochran, of Gordon’s Photographic, is part of the team behind the festival. He said: “The last summer carnival in Bourne was about 20 years ago.

“I would really like people to come and enjoy themselves. They can try all the food and just have a good time.

“If they do that, we might just come back.”

Visitors will be able to sample a selection of cuisines from around the world courtesy of the Traditional Market company, along with some from closer to home.

The food festival will begin at 9am, while the day will kick off properly at 10am with a fancy dress parade through the town, with morris men and clubs taking part. Youngsters aged up to 11 can take part in three age groups, with prizes for the best costumes.

Clubs and community groups have been invited to hold stalls at the event, but organisers have encouraged them to participate and interact with the crowds. Even Bourne Town Council will have a space, where people can meet their councillors.

There will be live music throughout the day. Bourne Academy teacher Aaron Beeken has put together a great lineup of bands from around the town to show off Bourne’s musical talents.

The winner of the town treasure hunt will also be announced. People have been taking part for weeks now and the winner of the £150 prize will finally be revealed at the festival.

There will be a sandpit for the children and the corn exchange with host members of Stamford Artisans Guild, who will show off their crafts.

And Bourne’s mixed martial artist Matt Powell will give a demonstration of the skills that won him a silver medal at the ISKA Amateur World Championships.