Clitheroe will be transformed into a delicious treasure trove of Lancashire’s finest produce this weekend as the town plays host to its third food festival.
The highly popular annual event will take place all over the town centre on Saturday and is one of three memorable big festivities planned for visitors this weekend.
The bumper weekend of entertainment begins tomorrow (Friday) at 7-30 p.m. with the rock concert at the Clitheroe Castle Bandstand.
Among the bands playing are Freebird, Milky Bobbins, Blues Dudes and The Pleasers,
As well as almost 100 well-known Ribble Valley and Lancashire quality exhibitors, Clitheroe Food Festival will see highly reputable artisan producers and butchers cook delicious morsels of their fantastic products for visitors to savour and enjoy.
In addition, some of the Lancashire’s top chefs will run master classes and there will be talks and tastings by local producers plus BBC Great British Menu judge and esteemed food writer Matthew Fort (himself a Ribble Valley man). Tickets are priced at £7 for chef master classes and £5 for the talks and tastings, and all proceeds go straight back into sustaining the festival.
Last year’s event was a massive success with 17,000 people flooding into Clitheroe – and this year it promises to be bigger and better.
Visitors will see flavours go international with the addition of many new food vendors cooking on the town’s streets, all using proven Lancashire core ingredients to make tastebuds tinglers. American, Chinese, Italian, Thai, Spanish and Mexican are among the few duisines which will be on offer, as well as the traditional Lancashire hotpot, meat pies and award-winning sausages.
A “rite Lancashire tweet up” is being planned, too, with the food festival’s promotion stand playing host to provide @ClitheroeFood Twitter followers with badges and a “sign in” area, so tweeters can meet up with each other over a pie and pint. This needs to be a big area as the festival has well over 2,400 followers!
Crowds can participate in a wide selection of food-based activities for all ages, including a mini fun-fair, treasure hunts, shire horses, tea parties, cake decorating – and even sheep and cows!
Festival organiser Julie Whalley said: “For the past two years we have pulled in significant crowds. A large event like this shows off our town’s retail, eating and other businesses and we are looking forward to welcoming everyone again. With many attractions on the day for all ages, this really is a fantastic family event.”
Meanwhile, budding pudding-makers from the Ribble Valley are being invited to get their spoons and bowls at the ready to help raise funds for charity. The Clitheroe Pudding Fest will take place at the Clitheroe Parish Church Lower Hall on Saturday from noon onwards as part of the festival to raise funds for the Friends of Chernobyl Children. Tickets to the pudding festival cost £3 for three generous portions.
The weekend will culminate in the Last Night of the Proms and a firework display at 7 p.m. at the Castle bandstand on Saturday. Visitors are invited to take their own picnics, drinks and Union Flags.
l For further information visit www.clitheroefoodfestival.co.uk