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The best food festivals in Lancashire

PUBLISHED: 14:00 29 December 2017 | UPDATED: 14:24 16 April 2018

Clitheroe Food Festival

Clitheroe Food Festival


Our guide to some of the best food and drink events in the county throughout 2018

January 18th – February 4th

Obsession 18

Over 18 nights, 21 top chefs from across the world - with 17 Michelin stars between them - take over the Northcote kitchens at Langho.


March 24th - 25th

Ramsbottom Chocolate Festival

The Ramsbottom Chocolate Festival takes places in March and is the perfect place for chocolate lovers. Now in its 10th year, the highlight is the chocolate themed street market featuring artisan chocolatiers and bakers.


May 5th - 7th

Lancaster Food and Drink Festival

Taking place at Lancaster Leisure Park over the May Bank Holiday weekend, this three-day event showcases some of the finest artisan producers from across the north west. Now in its sixth year, it is becoming one of the popular food events in the county. Expect foodie delights, street food, the opportunity to buy meats, breads, cheeses and wines and a fantastic selection of locally brewed beers, ciders, fruit juices, natural cordials and locally ground coffees.


June 1st - 3rd

Southport Food & Drink Festival

Set in the beautiful Victoria Park, there will be entertainment from local bands throughout the day so once you have chosen what to eat you can sit on the grass and chill out.


June 2nd

Accrington Food and Drink Festival

Last year’s event attracted over 14,000 visitors. Many of the same ingredients will be there this year including the area’s finest food producers and retailers, live cookery demonstrations and a fabulous continental food market on Broadway.


20th - 22nd July

Formby Festival

This 3 day event is now in its 6th year and is firmly on the calendar. There is food and drink from around the world not to mention all the live entertainment on the music stage, displays, chef demos, kids cooking, craft/artizan foods, kids entertainment, various attractions for children. The musical firework display on the Saturday night is not to be missed and Sunday is fast becoming the carnival day with the Brazilian marching band and dancers.

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------August 11th

Clitheroe Food Festival

One of the highlights of Lancashire’s food calendar, Clitheroe Food Festival is one of the most successful food and drink events in the north west. Now in its eighth year, the 2018 event will have everything from world cuisine chef demonstrations, street food to sample, the finest Lancashire produce as well as The Food Academy offering cooking workshops for children. There will also be great live music playing at the pop-up bars.


August 12th

Fylde Coast Food and Drink Festival

Marine Hall in Fleetwood will again host this popular event. The festival will be bigger and better and will fill the whole of the Fleetwood venue including the impressive main ballroom as well as outside along the colonnade. There will be cooking demonstrations, samples to try and delicious food and drink to buy.


August 25th - 27th

The Great British Food Festival

The Great British Food Festival returns to Stonyhurst College in 2018.  Along with over 80 local and artisan producers, there is lots to see and do including chef demos, live music, kid’s cookery and the popular cake off and Man V Food competitions.


August TBA

Bolton Food and Drink Festival

Dubbed as one of the region’s favourite food and drink festivals, you can expect more than 100 food and drink stalls, speciality markets, live music and family activities as well as the very popular live cookery theatre.


September 15th-16th

The Liverpool Food and Drink Festival

This foodie festival takes place in the Autumn with street food, food markets craft beers and a gin garden among the many features planned.


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