Lancashire Pennine Food festival

PUBLISHED: 08:36 28 July 2010 | UPDATED: 17:38 20 February 2013

Lancashire Pennine Food festival

Lancashire Pennine Food festival

Nigel Haworth kicks off the Pennine Food Festival with his own show

Nigel Haworth has probably done more than anyone to put Lancashire food on the culinary map - but hes not finished yet.

The Michelin-starred chef from Northcote Manor is staging the Fantastic Food Show at Ewood Park this month as a delicious hors doeuvre to the Pennine Lancashire Festival of Food and Culture. His aim is to spread the word about the wealth of brilliant produce available in the red rose county.

Nigel and his head chef Lisa Allen, both winners of BBC TVs Great British Menu, will be at the Blackburn Rover ground on August 8. Visitors will be able to watch cookery demonstrations, taste and buy food from artisan producers and enter competitions.

Now celebrating its fifth year, the festival just keeps growing, attracting over 100,000 people to Pennine Lancashire to date and becoming a significant feature in the regions culinary festival calendar.

Nigel said: It has been fantastic to see the success of the Pennine Lancashire Festival of Food and Culture. We have often said that our region is one of the best kept secrets - however I think were all making sure the secrets let out!

Its time to shout about all that is good in this region - Pennine Lancashire Festival of Food and Culture certainly achieves this and raises awareness of how great Lancashire is.

The festival takes place amid glorious countryside, heritage locations and bustling market towns from August 8 to September 18 across six districts of Blackburn with Darwen, Burnley, Hyndburn, Pendle, Ribble Valley and Rossendale.

There is a huge range of events - gourmet short breaks, culinary canal cruises, medieval markets and steam train lunches, ale trails, heritage teas, fantastic food shows and even a gastronomic War of the Roses.

By pooling together, we are highlighting a broad array of our food, drink and culture proving there really is something for everyone in Pennine Lancashire, said Michael Damms, of East Lancashires Chamber of Commerce. The festival undoubtedly reminds people that Pennine Lancashire has excellent food, hotel, and produce.

A programme of all the festival events is available at Pennine Lancashires Tourist Information Centres, including Discover Pendle - Lancashire Gateway Centre Tel (01282) 856186 and Blackburn Visitor Centre Tel (01254) 688040 and on

From gourmet short breaks, culinary canal cruises and pony trekking picnics to steam train lunches, champagne balloon flights, ale trails and brewery tours; thousands of food lovers will experience gastronomic adventures across the county as the area celebrates its fantastic food and culture like never before. for more information.

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