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Mar 20 2012

Success for Harrow Food and Dance Festival

Harrow’s first ever Food and Dance Festival drew in the crowds as hundreds of shoppers turned out to sample the flavours and entertainment on offer on Saturday 17th March.

The Festival, which was organised by Harrow Council, showcased chefs from top local restaurants, 19 captivating dance acts and a host of fresh produce, continental food and a demonstration kitchen featuring top chefs from Harrow’s restaurants.

St Ann’s Road was the place to be for food lovers with fresh produce from local farmers, a continental market, and street food. Cllr Bill Stephenson, leader of Harrow Council, cooked up a storm as he was taught how to make mushroom risotto in the demonstration kitchen outside St Georges centre, even offering samples out to brave onlookers.

Meanwhile, opposite Debenhams in Station Road, CBBC presenter London Hughes didn’t let the rain dampen shopper’s spirits as she hosted the pulsating dance stage which saw belly-dancers, bollywood, folk, salsa, swing and Irish dancers entertain the Harrow crowds. The street dancers pulled the biggest crowd, with the town centre throbbing from the beat of the music.

Feedback from shoppers showed they were overwhelmingly enthusiastic about the events. Market traders were equally enthusiastic with many selling out their stock before the end of the day.

Cllr Keith Ferry, portfolio holder for planning and economic development on Harrow Council, said:

“The turn out was fantastic, and the atmosphere was great. Everybody seemed to be in a great mood and they were willing to engage and get stuck in with the events on offer. Already we have had some great feedback from people who say they would like more of this sort of thing, and we hope it can become an annual event on the calendar.

As well as great food and fresh produce, and top quality entertainment, the event was about showcasing what Harrow Town Centre has to offer.

The Council is working with local businesses to promote the area and lay on events to attract more people to visit and shop there, and we are already seeing the benefits.”

Find out more at www.harrow.gov.uk/festival.

Source: Harrow Council

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