By Ninder Kaur
Sandy Docherty, Titus Salt School worker and former BBC1 Great British Bake Off contestant, has signed up to take part in Bradford’s first Food and Drink Festival.

The festival, which is being organised by Bradford Council’s Markets team, takes place on Friday 30 and Saturday 31 October and will set up in the city’s Independent Quarter on Northgate and Rawson Road between the Oastler Shopping Centre and North Parade.

Sandy, who leads a popular after-school cookery club for pupils at the

Sandy Doherty
Sandy Docherty

school and made it through to the 4th round of the 2015 BBC Great British Bake Off, will join internationally renowned chef Gennaro Contaldo and Coronation Street actor turned award–winning cheese maker Sean Wilson, alongside other chefs and local restaurants giving
demonstrations at the festival.

Already confirmed are street food traders including gourmet burgers, locally made pork pies and home made mushy peas, spicy chicken and veggie wraps with home made salsa and slaw, German hot dogs and Greek style wraps. This will complement the existing food offering from the surrounding Oastler Shopping Centre such as Roswitha’s Deli and Thai
Fever noodle bar, as well as North Parade venues The Sparrow and Al’s Dime Bar.

Food at the event will have a local feel, with stalls selling produces ranging from savoury treats such as foodpork pies, cheeses and biscuits for cheese, cooking sauces for meat, fish and pasta to sweet items such as locally made cakes, cup cakes, brownies and cookies, handmade chocolates and traditional fudge and sweets.

There will also be local craft ales, ciders and spirits to take away as well as a range of bars serving local brews and stalls serving fresh coffee and doughnuts.

To keep the festival vibe going there will be street performers and live music.

The organisers are still on the look out for more stalls and would like to hear from anyone interested in adding to the festival. In particular local business that might want to get involved with the city’s up and
coming Independent Quarter.

Diana Greenwood, Bradford Council’s Market Promotions and Marketing Officer, said: “We were delighted when Sandy said yes to taking part in the Bradford Food and Drink Festival. She is an inspiration to the pupils at the after-school cookery club and I’m sure people will enjoy
the enthusiasm she brings to baking and cooking.”

Sandy Docherty, said: “Anyone can bake and cook, all it takes is enthusiasm. I believe that people who want to cook should. They should experiment and try ideas. Start by using a recipe, and once that recipe
has been mastered ‘own it’ by changing and altering the original. There is nothing more rewarding than the feedback you get from people who enjoy your food, especially when it’s an original!

“Error will happen, but this is the only way we learn, take that mistake rearrange it and try again – not a bad concept for life really. If I can do it anybody can. Let’s get creative!”