Delilah Fine Foods: Finalist in Farm Shop & Deli Awards 2017

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By Sophie Sandberg

The owners of Delilah Fine Foods are celebrating after being announced as finalists in the Farm Shop & Deli Awards 2017.

Photo 2017-03-03, 12 37 13Nik Tootley and Sangita Tryner opened up a new branch in Leicester last year after 11 years of success in Nottingham.

“This nomination feels like a validation of what we are doing is working and that people appreciate our work,” said Nik.

After receiving a heritage grant from the council, the pair managed to transform the former Irish Bank in St Martins into a deli.

They say the venue was what one of the factors that brought them to Leicester.

“Our branch in Nottingham is also located in an old bank and when this venue opened up in Leicester it felt like it was meant for us,” said Nik.

Sangita added: “I guess you can say destiny brought us here.”

Photo 2017-03-03, 12 37 20Delilah Fine Foods has a high-quality food bar and café and most of their dis
hes are made from products they sell in their deli so you can recreate their food at home.

Nik said: “Our menu is broad, and our specials boards change daily and everything is made with ingredients and products from our deli.”

In addition to this, they also sell custom made hampers filled with products you can get from the deli.

The winner of the award will be announced live at the Farm Shop & Deli Show on the 24th of April at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham.

Falcons prepare to lock horns with Leicester in Varsity

By Tyler Arthur


The De Montfort University Falcons and the Leicester Longhorns are set to battle in the American football varsity match this weekend.

The two teams played at the beginning of their season, and the Longhorns took a comfortable win, as the DMU side experienced the repercussions of a delayed start to their training regime as they began their uphill battle through the 2016/17 campaign.

However, their arduous season had a climactic ending and they were able to finish on a high – defeating MMU’s Eagles 38-0, in Manchester.

Now, they turn their heads to the most hotly anticipated match of the year.

The quarterback, and captain of the team, Tom Proffitt, 22, is going to lead the Falcons in his last ever match for the team – finishing his fourth and final year at DMU.

“We had a tough year, but we finished on a high and I hope to carry momentum into the game against Leicester.

“The Longhorns are our rivals, so to beat them in my last game would be an incredible feeling.”

The rest of the team have joined Proffitt in his enthusiasm for the fixture, and they are all determined to give everything they’ve got in the varsity fixture on Sunday.

“The preparation for the game has been above and beyond anything else we’ve done all season. We are about as ready for this game as is physically possible,” he added.

The Falcons have added extra training sessions and employed drinking bans to ensure the maximum possible result.

The two Leicester sides will be returning to the location of their league match-up, where the Longhorns defeated the DMU team, but now the Falcons’ feel much more prepared, and confident.

Star receiver, Laurence Hoffmeister, 20, wants to end the year with a win. “Varsity is the game everyone looks forward to playing.

“It defines our season,” he concluded.

The Leicester Longhorns recently experienced an unfortunate knocking out of the BUCS Playoffs by way of a coin flip, which sent divisional opposition Coventry into the next round – so they are going into Varsity with a chip on their shoulder.

However, the DMU lads also want to come out on top, and continue their upward trajectory. The Chairman, Luke Bowden, 22, is optimistic.

He said: “After finishing a tough season on a high, I believe we can carry our newly found confidence into our upcoming varsity match.”

The two teams will battle it out at noon on Sunday the 19th of March, at the Stoughton Road playing fields in Leicester.

DMU Acapella Choir runs charity concert for MIND

By Luke Smith

The Acapella choir of De Montfort University will be headlining a charity concert on Thursday, March 23, raising money for mental health charity MIND.

The choir, led by Hannah Huish, will be performing a number of well-known songs, and will be accompanied by a number of other performers, including the DMU Gospel Choir, the DMU student choir and Sophie Hughes as well as many more. 


When asked why MIND was chosen as the charity, Hannah and fellow committee member Jake Waghorn said: “It’s all about mental health for young adults and students, and considering some people in our society have had issues with that in the past it seemed like an apt way to the community.

“We will be performing Sugar by Maroon 5, Hold Back the River by James Bay, Hooked On a Feeling by Blue Suede, and many more that will be a surprise for the night!

 “We have been preparing for this since January, but we have had the idea for the concert since the start of September.”

So far the concert has raised £240 from donations alone. To donate visit

Tickets cost £2 and are still available to purchase from the DSU website or the Students’ Union reception.