Clitheroe Food Festival

Days Out in Lancashire

Is it me, or has there been a massive explosion of food festivals over the last five years or so? At this time of year, and over the next few months, there will be food festivals all over the country as we celebrate the best of British food. I have to say, I don’t think this is a bad thing.

Clitheroe Food Festival has become huge. It’s not a few stalls in a field: the whole town gets into the event. It happens on the second weekend in August, and attracts visitors from all over the North West. The organisers seem to prioritise showcasing food from the area, and there’s a mixture of entertainment and demonstrations as well as the food stalls. Of course, there are several drinks stalls, including the Bowland Brewery Bus, as well!

We visited Clitheroe Food Festival in Lancashire this summer - find out what we thought

I went into Clitheroe Food Festival on Saturday afternoon to have a wander around. The organisers say that 20,000 people visit the food festival each year, and it was certainly very busy!

We visited Clitheroe Food Festival in Lancashire this summer - find out what we thought

If you don’t know Clitheroe, it’s well worth a visit. It’s a small market town in the Ribble Valley. The town itself is compact and interesting, with a 12th Century castle looking down on the main shopping streets. It has several independent shops and cafes, and I still believe you can find almost anything in Dawsons Department Store. It also has a proper market on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays which is popular.

The Food Festival is the biggest of several weekend events throughout the year, including a Jazz Festival. From 9am until 4.30pm, the main streets are closed to traffic and vans, stalls and pop up shops appear. There’s also live music and just a brilliant atmosphere.

We visited Clitheroe Food Festival in Lancashire this summer - find out what we thought

It is a family-friendly event, particularly up around the castle, where lots of children run around on the grass. There were also several cookery classes for kids this year. That said, by 3pm there were a few tired toddlers confined to their pushchairs while their parents wandered around!

The most popular stalls definitely seemed to be those which involved cooking with fire. The pizza stall with the wood-fired oven had a really big queue, and the queue for the barbecued chicken went halfway down the street.

We visited Clitheroe Food Festival in Lancashire this summer - find out what we thought We visited Clitheroe Food Festival in Lancashire this summer - find out what we thought

Hints and Tips for Visiting Clitheroe Food Festival

Don’t try to drive into the town! There’s a park and ride service available, or buses and trains are running all day. It’s much easier than finding parking.

Have cash on you – stalls don’t tend to take cards, and there are only a few cash points in town.

Book onto any tastings or demonstrations well in advance. They always sell out.

Go hungry and enjoy your food! (Even the kippers.)We visited Clitheroe Food Festival in Lancashire this summer - find out what we thought

 

Cuddle Fairy

By Naomi

Comments

  1. Reply

    I love food festivals, this one looks great. x #BloggerClubUK

    1. Reply

      It’s really good – worth a trip up North!

  2. Reply

    Oh I absolutely LOVE a good food festival! Anything that requires taste testing, I’m there. Love how the whole community had pulled together to create such a wonderful event. I wish there were more round here! x

    1. Reply

      It is definitely a good one! Naomi x

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