Clitheroe Food Festival set for August

Clitheroe town centre has begun its campaign to attract UK food lovers to visit its fourth Lancashire food producer focused festival.

ClitheroeFoodFestival1Run by a very small social enterprise team in close association with Ribble Valley Borough Council, the Clitheroe Food Festival attracts 18,000 food lovers from Lancashire and further afield.

Stuart Hirst, Ribble Valley Borough Council leader, said: “The borough is one of the country’s premier destinations for food and drink, and the council has been at the forefront of several successful food initiatives, including the multi-award-winning Ribble Valley Food Trail and Clitheroe Food Festival.

"The festival is one of Ribble Valley’s keynote annual events and a fantastic example of how the private and public sector are working together to support the rural economy.”

The event, taking place on August 9, is free to enter with ticketed sessions such as master classes with Northcote’s Lisa Allen and Victor Yu, a real ale master class, game cookery, mystery box challenges with two chefs competing against the clock and each other all of which raise essential funds for the festival.

During the festival there is an array of music, historical talks, treasure hunts, food art and historical displays, children’s food workshops and tea parties, archery, a fun fair, competitions, pop up restaurants, interest and sponsors' stands. The festival team has also combined forces with food experts to judge the ‘Producer of the Festival Award’ in the form of Waitrose and Bite Local, with PM+M Accountants as sponsors.