Countdown to Clitheroe Food Festival

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Organisers of this year’s Clitheroe Food Festival have started their campaign to attract thousands of UK food lovers to visit the market town in August.

Clitheroe Food Festival will this year be held on Saturday, August 9th. The successful event, which celebrates its fourth year, has previously reached dizzy visitor number heights in a very short space of time and remains, like very few UK festivals, true to its aim of showcasing the finest food producers in the Red Rose County.

Over 100 local artisan producers participate in the one-day festival offering a feast of riches to thousands of visitors. There is a huge array of wonderful foods, from meat from traditional Lancashire breeds and organic dairy produce including milk, cheese, yogurt and ice-cream, to hand-made pies and pastries and a feast of fruit and vegetables packed with natural flavour can be found at shops and restaurants along the borough’s leafy lanes and in its historic towns and villages. In addition, there will be music, historical talks, treasure hunts, food art and historical displays, children’s food workshops and tea parties, archery, a fun fair, competitions, pop up restaurants, interest and sponsors stands.

The festival team has also combined forces with food experts to judge the “Producer of the Festival Award” in the form of Waitrose and Bite Local, with PM & M Accountants as sponsors, themselves eager to support more food producer businesses. The 2013 winners of the award, Real Thai Pies, have been speaking to Waitrose about supplying their stores.

Run by a very small social enterprise team in close association with Ribble Valley Borough Council, the festival is the highlight of the year for over 18,000 food loving Lancastrians and those from further afield. The event remains free to enter with ticketed sessions such as master classes with Northcote’s award-winning chef, Lisa Allen and Victor Yu, a real ale master class, game cookery, mystery box challenges with two chefs competing against the clock and each other all of which raise essential funds for the festival. These are on sale now at

Clitheroe Town Crier will officially declare the festival open at 9 a.m. and it will close at 4 pm. A park and ride scheme will be in operation with three of the towns larger companies Clitheroe Auction Market, Dugdale Nutrition and Ultraframe offering their car parks. This year’s main sponsor is Thwaites Brewery.