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Gallery & video: Thousands enjoy Clitheroe Food Festival
THOUSANDS of people enjoyed the sights, sounds, and tastes of the biggest-ever Clitheroe Food Festival.
More than 100 stalls, offering hog roasts, award-winning ales, curries, and a pudding feast, attracted around 18,000 people.
Food critic Matthew Fort, star of BBC TV’s Great British Menu, who is from Clitheroe, hosted the event, which first ran in 2010.
Celebrity chefs, including Nigel Haworth, also gave demonstrations to the crowds who gathered in the town centre on Saturday. Meanwhile, Clitheroe’s own pop choir, and several other local bands, provided an uplifting soundtrack for shoppers.
Darwen-based Thai Pies owner Dean Haworth was crowned festival food producer by judges from Waitrose, and Red Moon Catering.
Mr Haworth, who set up his business in January, had a double celebration after being awarded a Great Taste food award earlier in the week. He said: “It’s the first time we’ve been at the festival, so I’m over the moon.”
Bev, 54, and Andrew Withers, 52, travelled from Cardiff with their twin sons, Iwan and Rhys, as an early 18th birthday treat. Bev said: “We’ve never been to anything like this before, and we’re definitely converts. Our sons won’t need any birthday cake after this.”
Co-ordinator Julie Whalley, a freelance food writer, said: “This year it’s definitely grown, and spreading out the stalls has helped, and allowed us to include more businesses.”
Town crier Roland Hailwood, who made announcements from Clitheroe Castle, said: “This shows what Clitheroe can do. Hopefully, it will make the developers think twice about doing anything that could damage the great ambience we are able to create.”
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