Clitheroe prepares for role as food capital of Lancashire

Clitheroe Food Festial
Clitheroe Food Festial

Clitheroe Food Festival will leave you “Full t’ burstin” promise organisers of the largest town-based food and drink event in the North West.

This now highly popular annual event, which is free to enter, will take place all over the town centre on Saturday, August 10th, from 9-30 am to 4-30 pm. Last year more than 17,000 people flocked into the town and had a glorious day out with family and friends.

The aim of the festival is simple; to showcase the Ribble Valley and Lancashire’s finest food and drink producers. More than 100 artisans from the red rose county gather for this one-day jam packed event., which also show how buying local benefits the rural economy.

This really is a back-to-basics, “proper” food festival, with a county-only producer selection criteria that extends to the chefs and musicians!

During the festival some of Lancashire’s top chefs will run master classes and there will be talks and tastings by local producers and the BBC’s Great British Menu Judge and esteemed food writer Matthew Fort (himself a Ribble Valley man). Tickets are priced at £7 for chef master classes and £5 for the talks and tastings, and all proceeds go straight back into sustaining the festival (visit www.clitheroefoodfestival.co.uk for full details)

A “rite Lancashire tweet up” is being planned too, with the Food Festival’s promotion stand playing host to provide @ClitheroeFood twitter followers with badges and a “sign in” area so tweeters can meet up with each other over a pie and a pint! This needs to be a big area as they have well over 2,400 followers!

Visitors can participate in a wide selection of food-based activities for all ages including a mini fun fair, treasure hunts, shire horses, tea parties, cake pop decorating and even sheep and cows! While the post event clear up is going on, up at the Castle a proms night is planned to finish the whole day off – a great way to polish off a festival picnic!

The event is run as a Social Enterprise, with a very small dedicated team and in close partnership with its local council.

There really is a true community spirit all over the town centre on festival day, with an impressive list of Lancashire companies and local business organisations sponsoring, supporting and encouraging their entire workforces and visitors alike to join them for a fab day out in the stunning Ribble Valley.

For those with mobility issues or other needs, the festival team also works closely with Ribble Valley Shop Mobility who can hire equipment such as mobility scooters, provide sign language or work with the partially sighted . 01200 425028.

The town is already adorned with bunting and flags as Clitheroe prepares to don its official Lancashire Food Town crown.

A park and ride scheme will also operate from Clitheroe Auction Mart, off Lincoln Way, from 9 am until 5 pm for only £2 per person for coach passes and a festival map. Even the taxi rank is being extended!