Nigel Haworth launches Fantastic Food Show

PUBLISHED: 11:17 03 May 2011 | UPDATED: 19:18 20 February 2013

Nigel Haworth launches Fantastic Food Show

Nigel Haworth launches Fantastic Food Show

Lancashire's finest food will be showcased at a major festival launched by top chef Nigel Haworth

Lancashire food lovers will be licking their lips at the thought of a festival designed to showcase the countys best produce, cooked to perfection.

Like many of us, Nigel Haworth mourned the passing of the Royal Lancashire Show. And when the Lancashire Food Festival suffered a similar fate, he decided something needed to be done. It was as if the county had has lost its voice - a desperate shame when we have so
much to shout about.

Now, thanks to the Michelin-starred Lancastrian and a group of like-minded people from the industry, we have our voice back in the form of Nigel Haworths Fantastic Food Show. This major event is being staged at Ewood Park, home of his beloved Blackburn Rovers, on the weekend of June 11 and 12 and Lancashire Life is pleased to be among its supporters.

Nigel and Lisa Allen, his head chef at Northcote, Simon Rimmer, from BBCs Something for the Weekend, and Paul Heathcote, regarded by
many as the godfather of the Lancashire food movement, will be there along with a host of other top names from the business.

We need to make sure everyone is aware that Lancashire has so many great food producers and a growing number excellent chefs working in top restaurants, said Nigel, a former winner of BBC2s Great British Menu. But it requires people who are willing to put time and effort into getting the message across.

The demise of the other shows set me thinking that we needed some way of demonstrating the passion we have for sustainability, seasonality and organics plus the great food platforms we have throughout the county.

We have the wild produce, the grouse, the duck and the deer. All eyes are turned to our brilliant cheese producers. Our beefs and lamb is excellent and we grow wonderful crops in places like Hesketh Bank.

Combine this with great characters from the business, such as Paul Heathcote, and you have the makings of a terrific show.

Nigel and his team tested out the food festival with a one day event last year and more than 4,000 people arrived. It convinced him there was demand for a two-day show.

This really endorses the fact that Lancashire and the North West is the food capital of the UK, said Nigel. Its important to me that this show focuses on all aspects of food - the products; cookery; tastes and flavours; the seasons; sustainability and helps to educate visitors including children about our regions food.

There will be plenty to occupy visitors including chef demonstrations, hands-on workshops, taste adventures for children, food markets and numerous outside activities plus a stadium jam-packed with the regions highest quality produce.

There are also great prizes to be won in Nigels barbecue competition. For more details log on to

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