Your chance to get involved in Clitheroe Food Festival 2011

Plate of fried rice and chopsticks over white
Plate of fried rice and chopsticks over white

A FEAST of riches celebrating the best of Ribble Valley’s fresh produce will be on display at The Clitheroe Food Festival 2011.

Celebrity chef demonstrations, local food and food-related craft stalls, a real ale and wine-tasting area, a pudding feast and food trails are just some of the highlights planned for the event, on Saturday August 13th.

Organisers are hoping to capitalise on the success of last year’s food festival, which saw thousands of visitors descend on Clitheroe.

Co-ordinator Julie Whalley said: “The main aim is to showcase Ribble Valley and Lancashire’s fantastic food and drink producers. The new Clitheroe Food Festival will be a truly memorable event, and will take visitors across the whole town from the Castle to King Street, from the Market to York Street, so all our traders have a fantastic opportunity to make the best of the event.”

Music will also take centre stage as the organisers seek local bands, buskers, folk singers and entertainers to get in touch and become involved.

Booths supermarkets has already committed to supporting the event. Chairman Mr Edwin Booth said: “Booths has traded in Clitheroe for more than 27 years, and we are proud to support an event that champions and celebrates the best of Lancashire food and drink. As a Ribble Valley resident myself, I can’t wait.”

Entry is free with offers and ticketed areas, and the festival will open at 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., with the music at the Castle extending into the night. Car parking is being addressed with a huge park and ride scheme.

There’s more on this story - and how you can get involved - in this week’s Clitheroe Advertiser & Times.