A GLUTEN free food fair will be staged in the Ribble Valley this weekend, as the East Lancashire Coeliac Group stages its first event in seven years.

Organisers are hoping hundreds will turn out to Billington & Whalley Brass Band Club on Saturday, to get a taste of what eight specialist firms have to offer.


The produce will include sausages from Que Fresco of Whalley, Indian snacks from Blackburn’s Butterfly Snacks and cakes from The Ginger Baker, based in Longridge.

Coeliac disease is a common digestive condition where a person has an adverse reaction to gluten, and the group has more than 300 members across East Lancashire.

Organiser Stephen Haworth said: “Our group has only recently got up and running again after a period of inactivity and this free event is effectively our relaunch. With the help of some wonderful local food producers, it promises to be a celebration of Lancashire’s gluten free community. We invite all our members from across East Lancashire to join us.”

A representative from Newburn Bakehouse, the gluten free brand of bread giant Warburton’s, will also be attending to give a talk about the bakery, and there will also be baked products from Better Life Bakery in Blackburn, recipe mixes from Great Harwood’s Thornleys, flapjacks from Preston’s Flapojacks and cake mixes from Lancashire Gluten Free, of Lytham.

The club is in Abbey View, Whalley Road, Billington, and the event will run from 2pm to 4pm.

l To keep in touch with the group, contact Stephen on (01254) 246947 or email eastlancs@coeliac.org.uk