Countdown to Clitheroe Food Festival

John Nelson from James Baxter & Son with his dressed crab display at the Clitheroe Food Festival.
John Nelson from James Baxter & Son with his dressed crab display at the Clitheroe Food Festival.

A feast of riches showcasing the best food produce from the Ribble Valley and Lancashire is set to return later this year.

Preparations are already being made for Clitheroe Food Festival, which will be held on Saturday, August 8th.

The free one-day extravaganza, which is in its 5th year, will see hundreds of stalls offering a wide range of superb quality food. Over 18,000 food lovers, from across the UK, normally descend into the town where the focus is purely on the finest food and drink producers in the Ribble Valley and Lancashire. All producers are screened for provenance by food judges, specialist bloggers and food writers.

A spokesman for the popular and successful event said: “Our fifth event in 2015 will once again create a superb quality-let festival with fun for all the family and to suit all budgets.”

The Ribble Valley is renowned for having many high-quality eating establishments and hotels. Clitheroe is the county’s official food town and hosts the award-winning Ribble Valley Food Trail. In addition to the delicious food on offer, there will be lots of other things to do and see around the town ensuring Clitheroe Food Festival is a great family day out.

You will find a superb offering of fringe events, from the new Fine Art, Sculpture and Craftsmanship show – showcasing high quality artisans from accross the region, children’s activities, history and art exhibitions, treasure hunts and, of course, music of all genres giving a true festival atmosphere hosted beneath the town’s castle. This year, children will have a chance to show off their culinary skills thanks to Oakhill College, Whalley. Oakhill has joined forces with Birchall Foodservice to sponsor the “Children’s Cookery Zone” at the festival giving 150 children the opportunity to fall in love with food and the art of cooking through a unique workshop experience. The workshop will be run by The Royal Academy of Culinary Arts, allowing children to create a culinary dish. To sign up to the event, visit www.clitheroefoodfestival.com

For a small fee of £2.50, each child will be provided with an apron, chef’s hat and all the ingredients to cook the dish.