A feast of fun and flavour comes to Clitheroe on Saturday, August 11th, when the town hosts its annual food festival.
Spam, spinning plates, slapstick, fun stations and non-stop music from a solar-powered stage will be dished up in Clitheroe town centre.
Organised by Ribble Valley Borough Council, the free festival attracts thousands of food enthusiasts from across the North West.
A huge array of foods, from organic meat and dairy goods made from traditional Lancashire breeds, to Asian treats, Thai pies, Biltong beef and a feast of fruit and vegetables packed with flavour, will be found along the town’s historic streets.
The festival also features a series of tasting-talks in the Ribble Valley Civic Suite by Jane Cuthbertson of leading independent wine merchant Barrica Wines, international chocolatier Paul Williams and Cuckoo Gin producer Brindle Distillery.
Family entertainment in Castle Street and King Street includes a hilarious celebration of 1960s and 70s food by Kitsch Kafe and the unique plate-flipping and napkin-sculpting slapstick of the Comedy Waiters.
The perennially-popular Mad Science will be setting up fun stations featuring madcap demonstrations and hands-on activities in King Street and the market, while King Street will host non-stop music from a solar-powered stage featuring one of the UK’s most popular Western swing bands, the Western Valley Hot Club; the anarchic rock ‘n’ roll and reggae of the Flat Cap 3 and the steamy shuffles and Chicago grit of the Junkhouse Dog Blues Band.
Simon Hore, chairman of Ribble Valley Borough Council’s community services committee, said this year’s Clitheroe Food Festival looked set to be the best yet.
He said: “The Clitheroe Food Festival is a free event that provides a vital showcase for local shops, business and producers, and is a great opportunity for food enthusiasts to see some amazing local produce.
“It is also a fun day for families, with entertainment and activities galore, and festival-goers can be assured of a warm Ribble Valley welcome.”
Further details and bookings are available at clitheroefoodfestival.com.
Significant roadworks are scheduled to start on the A59 near Clitheroe on Monday, August 6th.
The junction between Pendle Road, Clitheroe, and the A59 will be closed, and there will be speed restrictions between the A671 Whalley Road roundabout and Pimlico Link Road turn-off.
There will also be road closures in Clitheroe town centre from 6am until 8pm on festival day and from 6am on Thursday, August 9th, in New Market Street. Motorists heading for the festival, particularly the park-and-ride at Clitheroe Auction Mart, are advised to plan their journey accordingly.