Clitheroe Food Festival this weekend

Clitheroe food festival
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Clitheroe will be transformed into a delicious treasure trove as it celebrates its second food festival on Saturday.

A feast of riches will be available as 80 well-known food and drink exhibitors from the Ribble Valley and Lancashire are set to display their fantastic fresh produce to the thousands of visitors expected to flood into Clitheroe.

As well as highly reputable artisan producers and butchers, top chefs will be demonstrating their culinary expertise and serving delicious dishes for visitors to savour and enjoy. Among the celebrity chefs attending this year’s festival are Nigel Haworth, of Northcote in Langho; Victor and Vinny Yu, of Yu and You,in Copster Green; Michael Heathcote, of the Duke of York, in Grindleton; and multi-award winners Maurizio and Cinzia Bocchi, from La Loconda, in Gisburn.

Matthew Fort, who is on the judging panel of the popular BBC programme “The Great British Menu”, will be a special guest at the annual festival.

Such is the popularity of the festival that it has already come under the national spotlight with The Independent newspaper naming it in the top ten UK food festivals, alongside Abergavenny and Ludlow.

Organiser Julie Whalley is hoping for a repeat of last year’s success. She said: “Final preparations are now being made and everything seems to be going really well.

“The place sets to be buzzing. Twitter and Facebook users from all over are getting really excited about coming along to either exhibit or just come for the shop and a day out in our fantastic town. Come rain or shine the event should still be very successful given the numbers talking about it from Wigan to Huddersfield, Telford to Carlisle. What an opportunity for the town and the Ribble Valley as a whole to make the most of these potential repeat visitors.

“We have also had confirmation that The Parkers Arms in Newton-in-Bowland, has teamed up with Lancaster Brewery and are bringing their sublime Parkers Sausage Rolls. These are alongside other new delicious goodies which Stosie Maddie, chef patron, has been working very hard in her kitchen to produce to showcase some of her new Autumn menu.”

She added: “The town at the present time looks fantastic too with all the bunting and beautiful flower arrangements on the main street, the Castle grounds and the market. Most of the shops are filled or about to be and all we need now is a bit of sunshine to set it all off! We are so much looking forward to seeing the town buzz again for this once a year event. People have mentioned ever since last year’s how much they enjoyed seeing the town rock and roll with visitors and residents alike. It’s a real community atmosphere, something for everyone too.”

Please note, it is the final week for the chef’s master classes and tutored tasting ticket sales, so please call 01200 425566 to buy any remaining tickets. Customers have until 3 p.m. tomorrow (Friday) and then it depends on availability on the door.

Also, if you park on New Market Street, Clitheroe, do remove your vehicles by Thursday teatime to give the marquee team room to get their big wagons in and local exhibitors Berkins Deli and Hudsons Ice cream their exhibitor spaces. There is a choir expected and other music, who all need this area.

For the long list of activities on offer during the food festival, please log onto www.clitheroefoodfestival.co.uk