The county of Leicestershire has a renowned heritage in cuisine, with Stilton, Red Leicester cheese and the pork pie amongst the most notable complements to English (and worldwide) cuisine. Leicester Market is the largest outdoor covered marketplace in the whole of Europe and the annual East Midlands Food & Drink Festival (held in Melton Mowbray, home of the pork pie) is the largest regional food festival in the UK.
There is a long list of famous people associated with the county. Biddy Baxter, the former editor of long-running BBC programme Blue Peter, was born in Leicester. Perhaps most well known are Richard and David Attenborough, who both spent their formative years at University College in Leicester. A rich tradition of broadcasting and journalism is complemented by associations with Julian Barnes, Sue Townsend, Gok Wan and David Icke among others. Most famously of all, the reburial of King Richard III in March 2015 attracted worldwide media coverage.
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