SLIDESHOW: Epworth Spring Food Fair

Early Easter sunshine had visitors flocking to the largest-ever Epworth Food Fair with traders sold on the benefits of standing the market.

A record 28 stallholders filled the town’s Market Place, travelling not only from the Isle but much further afield – and all were full of praise for the venue.

CHEERS: Mike and Jules Richards of the Axholme Brewing Co are developing a growing following for their small batches of craft beers. Branching out into bottles means they're able to offer products at events like the Epworth Food Fair ' and they also offer own label chutneys and pickles. Picture: Stuart Pearcey

CHEERS: Mike and Jules Richards of the Axholme Brewing Co are developing a growing following for their small batches of craft beers. Branching out into bottles means they're able to offer products at events like the Epworth Food Fair ' and they also offer own label chutneys and pickles. Picture: Stuart Pearcey

Janet and John Haigh, who had travelled from Huddersfield for the market, said: “We love it. And the weather’s much better than last weekend.”

Organiser Margaret Price, of North Lincolnshire Council, was up at 4am to make sure everything was in place for the event.

She said: “Some of our traders sold out last time; we’re hoping for the same again this year.

“We usually have about 3,000 people turn up, and we were hoping for at least that number today.

“We hope people want to shop here; we feel there’s sure to be something they want to buy.”

And the traders were doing their best to make that happen.

Alan Turner of Dexter Beef from Westwoodside was busy with his frying pan, filling the air with the smell of frying bacon.

He said: “The smell just makes you want to eat it.”

Ron Edgar, of Marron Wines, said: “If I can sell out today I will go home very, very happy, and make some more tomorrow.”