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Heavenly feast A wedding is a marvellous excuse for some fabulous food and a slice of happiness in the shape of cake. Rebecca Chatterton takes a look at some of our talented local suppliers.

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HETHER you’d like a street-food van at your wedding or a laid-back hog roast or BBQ, or you’d prefer to sustain your guests with cuisine in the more traditional style, rest assured that there’ll be a local supplier to cater to your needs and create a bespoke menu that’s just right for your perfect day. With cakes, too, the options seem endless, and the marvellously creative bakers in our region will do their all to bring your dream sweet fancies to life, whether you want vintage-style cupcakes, a trendy naked cake or something alternative such as a cake made of tiers of cheese. Key practical things to consider include how many portions you’ll need to serve, whether your cake will also act as the dessert at your wedding breakfast, how it will be displayed, and whether or not you’ll need to involve your florist in the preparation – a good option for showstopping effect. And, of course, there’s the issue of the flavour you’re going for – what better excuse to make appointments for tastings with several bakers to find out for sure what you like best.

Audrey’s Bespoke Caterers

Audrey’s offers bespoke catering at your chosen venue throughout areas including Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland. All menus are written for each customer, based on requirements. Sourcing local ingredients, Audrey creates beautiful bespoke afternoon teas presented on grand tiered stands, handcrafted canapés, fork buffets and posh hog roasts. 07969 108083, www.audreyscaterers.co.uk

Otters Fine Foods

The Cheese Wedding Cake from Otters Fine Foods is a magnificent thing to behold and something guests won’t forget in a hurry. Deli staff are on hand to help the bride and groom sample a wide selection of cheeses and create a tailored tower combination that is spectacular and delicious. They say “Black Bomber is always a favourite”, but go, taste and decide for yourself. Catering for 30 to 300 guests! 01572 756481, www.ottersfinefoods.co.uk

The Rutland Cake Company

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Naomi Morgan, owner of The Rutland Cake Company, loves wedding cake commissions. “It’s wonderful to design and create cakes exactly the way couples want them with those personal touches.” Naked cakes are particularly popular but with unexpected twists in flavour and fillings. 01572 723185, www.rutlandcakes.co.uk

Rutland Gourmet

Rutland Gourmet caters for wedding all around the Midlands, including Rutland, Stamford, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Bedfordshire and surrounding areas. High-quality food beautifully presented means founder Sarah Rivett is in high demand. “Your function is as important to Rutland Gourmet as it is to you. You can always expect a personal service.” 01572 747909, www.rutlandgourmet.co.uk

Sara Mcallister

Sara’s mantra is “We aim to create a unique celebration that reflects your vision” with the flexibility to provide menus from classic wedding breakfasts to more informal food. She caters mainly to events in Rutland and Leicestershire but also covers Stamford and further afield. 07778 227734, www.saramcallister.co.uk

Wistow cake. Photo: Dorte Kjaerulff

Wistow Event Catering

Audrey’s Caterers Photo: Dorte Kjaerulff

Photo: Elli Dean

Photo: Elli Dean

Jane Clifford, owner, says “People come to us for vibrant, impactful food that is locally sourced, looks gorgeous and is packed with flavour.” No event is too big or small, just always very personal with the horsebox bar proving popular.” The cakes are divine, too. Wistow is hoping to add a mobile pizza oven some time this year. 0116 2593756, wistowevents.co.uk

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