'Jingle bhajis' and gingerbread up for grabs at festive extravaganza

Some of the finest craft makers in the North West will be at the festive market.
Some of the finest craft makers in the North West will be at the festive market.
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"Jingle bhajis" and "the best gingerbread in the world" will be up for grabs at Clitheroe Market’s mouth-watering festive extravaganza.

More than 40 of the finest artisan food and craft makers in the North West will bring the waft of festive spice and rustle of wrapping paper to the market bullring on Saturday, December 2nd, 9th and 16th.

Among them will be the famous Grasmere Gingerbread, which was started by cook Sarah Nelson in 1854 in the Lake District village from where it gets its name and is now widely considered the best gingerbread in the world.

And popular market regular the Authentic Asian Street Food Stall will be selling special "jingle bhajis" adapted from an old family recipe featuring "a bit of festive spice", said stallholder Tahir Amin.

Ribble Valley Borough Council leader Ken Hind said: “We have gone all-out to ensure Clitheroe is the place to be for festive shoppers this Christmas.

“Several leading brands, among them Grasmere Gingerbread, are taking part in this year’s event and we are inviting shoppers from across Lancashire to join us for a unique shopping experience among some of the best food producers, craft makers and independent shops in the North West.”

Other producers taking part in the festive extravaganza include the multi-award-winning Parkers Preserves, whose sweet and spicy mango chutney is a former Best Chutney in the North West and red hot chilli jam, which was a Love Food North West winner.

Craft makers include Vintage Chandlery, whose paraffin-free soy wax candles feature 100 per cent pure essential oils and Nikki’s Book Folding Frenzy, which uses intricate page-folding techniques to create astonishing gifts from old hardback books.

The markets will also feature a host of festive fun, including performances by local choirs, roast chestnuts and a visit by Father Christmas.