Countdown to Clitheroe Food Festival 2012

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Clitheroe will once again be transformed into a delicious treasure trove of Lancashire’s finest produce to eat and drink as the town plays host to its second food festival next month.

As well as almost 80 well-known Ribble Valley and Lancashire quality exhibitors, the event, which is set to take place on Saturday August 4th between 9-30 a.m. and 5 p.m., will see highly reputable artisan producers and butchers cook delicious morsels of their fantastic products for visitors to savour and enjoy.

This year sees Lancashire’s top culinary names such as Matthew Fort, Andrea Melon, Chris Rawlinson, Anthony Shirley and Andrew Nutter joining the festival cavalcade, alongside local chefs Nigel Haworth, Victor and Vinny Yu of Yu and You, Michael Heathcote of the Duke of York, Martina Myerscough and the team from the Red Pump, and Anson Bolton from the Millstone at Mellor.

Currently judging on the BBC’s Great British Menu and Guardian food writer Matthew Fort, will be a special guest at the event, which sets to open with a fabulous cocktail party on Friday August 3rd.

Decoration, seating and stewards for Castle Street will be arranged by Clitheroe Chamber of Trade and Clitheroe Lions. Clitheroe Pop Choir are set to sing twice during the day and there will be a pudding feast and Jigsaw Fest.

Local ghost walker Simon Entwistle will take visitors on historical tours while herbalist, Jesper lauder, will encourage people to join him on a Witches Cauldron Foraging trail. Clitheroe Library will also be taking part in the fun with their Roald Dahl activities while Malkin Pie will make an appearance in the bullring. The Festival Guide has all the maps, timings and other information and is currently available online or at The Clitheroe Tourist Information Centre.

Sponsors this year have flooded in with BAE Systems, Daniel Thwaites and Visit Lancashire being associate sponsors, and further sponsorship from local firms such as Dugdale Nutrition, Yu and You, Lancashire Bites, Spiroflow, Hillendale, Image Red, Farmhouse Fare, Mitton Hall and The Shireburn Arms is also expected. Ribble Valley Borough Council are also strong supporters of the event.

The new website has now been launched with online tickets for the main demos and tutored tastings are now available, alongside the festival guide. Entrance to the festival on the market remains free. Individuals wishing to volunteer are warmly welcomed, as are teams of volunteers from local charities to fundraise in return for stewards required throughout the day at key points.

Please log onto www.clitheroefoodfestival.co.uk for the long list of activities.