In 1974, the Local Government Act 1972 abolished the county borough status of Leicester city and the county status of neighbouring Rutland, converting both to administrative districts of Leicestershire. These actions were reversed on 1 April 1997, when Rutland and the City of Leicester became unitary authorities.
Modern incarnations of fox hunting are believed to have their origins in Leicestershire. A fox is the symbol for Leicester City FC, Leicestershire Cricket Club and Leicestershire County Council.
English cuisine has benefited from some of Leicestershire's culinary creations, such as Red Leicester and Stilton cheeses and Melton Mowbray's world famous pork pies. Leicestershire food producers include Claybrooke Mill one of the very few commercially working watermills left in Britain producing a range of over 40 flours. Christmas Turkey comes from Seldom Seen Farm and meat from rare and minority breeds comes from Brockleby's.
Leicestershire has two dairies that produce Red Leicester cheese, the Leicester Handmade Cheese Company and Long Clawson. The largest regional food festival, the East Midland Food and Drink Festival is held in Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire and often receives over 20,000 visitors.
Transportation links in Leicestershire are especially good, the proximity of the M1 motorway impacts heavily, as does the presence of the East Midlands Airport, the second largest freight airport in the United Kingdom. Visitor attractions in Leicestershire include Belvoir Castle, Ashby Castle, Donington Park and the Donington Grand Prix Collection museum plus the National Space Centre. Leicestershire has hosted a wide variety of music from early medieval, European and Asian classical music, folk, jazz, blues, rock, and pop. Donington Park holds the Download Festival, a well renowned hard rock and heavy metal festival.