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2014 Clitheroe Food Festival serves up a success

PUBLISHED: 00:00 22 September 2014

John Cliff,  Amy Flaming and  Robert Silverwood, of Posh UK

John Cliff, Amy Flaming and Robert Silverwood, of Posh UK

Glynn Ward

Not many events require a swift change from brollies and wellies to t-shirts and sandals. The Clitheroe Food Festival may have started with showers but it developed into a glorious day, attracting more than 18,000 hungry people from all over the north.

A view from the castleA view from the castle

Clitheroe is officially Lancashire’s food town and each year it proudly shows why beneath its resplendent castle keep. The event is becoming known nationally for keeping to its aim of showcasing only Lancashire-based food and drink producers.

Organisers screen each one in turn before they are invited to participate and, just to prove this extra amount of effort really works, more than 100 producers sold out by the early afternoon. Customers’ bags were brimming with smoked kippers, buttery biscuits, plump sausages, fresh artisan breads, sublime air dried hams, decadent cakes and pies and, of course, Lancashire cheeses.

The atmosphere was enhanced by a splendid variety of musicians on three main stages and the indoor venues had Lancashire chefs participating in cook-offs, master classes, wine and ale schools. Children were also well catered for with food workshops, a fun fair, archery, a treasure hunt, a pudding feast and even a Hungry Caterpillar tea party.

The food festival is a social enterprise staged with Ribble Valley Borough Council and Lancashire Bites, run by Julie Whalley, the festival coordinator. She said: ‘It never ceases to amaze me just how fortunate we are here in Lancashire to have so many talented and dedicated food and drink producers. We are also continuously overwhelmed by the generosity of many red rose companies in their sponsorship, and our visitors by their attendance.

‘Our thanks goes to everyone who supported the event.’ This year’s main sponsors Daniel Thwaites Plc pulled perfect pints in Market Place, and also pulling the dray to supply the beer was a magnificent pair of black shire horses.


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