You knead to try the festival
Politician Lesley Pendleton rose to the occasion when challenged to bake a loaf of bread.
Councillor Pendleton and her kneading skills took centre stage at Twycross Zoo at the opening event of Leicester and Leicestershire Food Fortnight.
She said: "It is something like 50 years since I baked bread.
"I really enjoyed having a go and thought my efforts were not too bad."
Coun Pendleton, chairwoman of Leicestershire Rural Partnership, said: "There is so much on offer I would urge people to check the website and go along to at least one event."
There were 60 food and drink and craft stalls at the event on Sunday. This year's festival theme is Taste Leicestershire – Best of British.
Sally Kowal, marketing officer for Leicestershire County Council, said: "Lots of people turned up and sampled lots of the lovely food."
Highlights of the fortnight, which runs until October 7, include a gourmet food evening at Hothorpe Hall, near Market Harborough, a food fair at Rockingham Castle and a food festival in Coalville.
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