New Ribble Valley Food Trail set for launch

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RIBBLE Valley’s award-winning Food Trail has been updated and revamped and is to be re-launched next month.

The revised Food Trail features 34 hand-picked food producers, shops and restaurants noted for top-quality food, exceptional customer service – not just service with a smile, but food served with knowledge and passion – and more crucially provenance: food produced, sourced, consumed and enjoyed locally.

A new leaflet, detailing all those included on the trail and with a dedicated map giving their location, has been produced.

The Food Trail project was launched by Ribble Valley Borough Council in 2008 to celebrate the borough’s remarkable recovery from the 2001 foot and mouth epidemic, and to enhance its reputation as a premier food destination. It won a raft of awards, critical acclaim and individual accolades, as well as national press and TV coverage for the area.

The new-look trail features wonderful foods – meat from traditional Lancashire breeds, organic milk and cheese, yoghurt and ice-cream, handmade pies and pastries and a feast of fruit and vegetables packed with natural flavour. Also featured are several nationally-renowned chefs, including Lisa Allen and Nigel Haworth, both former winners of BBC2’s Great British Menu, and Paul Heathcote, who received an MBE in 2009 for services to food.

Also showcased in the new Food Trail are several producerswho have successfully re-built or diversified their businesses after being devastated by foot and mouth a d3ecade ago.

The launch of the new Ribble Valley Food Trail will take place On Monday, October 3rd, at Gazegill Organic Farm, in Rimington.