Hundreds of people descended on Clitheroe on Saturday as the town’s annual food festival returned for 2023.

Despite the questionable August weather, with grey skies and odd spots of light rain, the mass of people were in high spirits as they were treated to food stalls as far as the eye could see.

From 9am on Saturday (August 12) food and drink enthusiasts from across the region as well as locals looking to support the free-to-enter community event could roam the town centre that was awash with smells from the vast range of food on offer.

Lancashire Telegraph: Crowds lined the streets of Clitheroe

King Street, opposite the railway station, was lined with stalls on either side including crepes, churros, ice-creams, cakes, and Thai dishes amongst many others.

Castle Street and Market Place were also packed with people and more dining choices, including a gin cart, a make-your-own olive bowl with toppings including feta cheese and chorizo, and Cowman’s Famous Sausage Shop.

Road closures were put in place around the town centre and the surrounding back streets to allow the stalls to be put up.

Lancashire Telegraph: Jordan and Carly Young of Bottle WicksJordan and Carly Young of Bottle Wicks (Image: NQ)

Clitheroe Market was home to yet more stalls as well, including the likes of Bottle Wicks who were there selling their range of scented candles.

Jordan Young, who runs the business with his partner Carly, said: “It’s been really good, and the weather has held off so far.

“This is our first time at the food festival. It’s certainly the busiest event we’ve done this year.

“Events like this definitely help to boost our business and hopefully repeat business as well, that’s one of the key things we want to do.

“My favourite product has always been the wine bottle candles. I think they look great, they have a really long burn time, and we’re really happy with them.”

From wood-fired pizzas to Greek street food, and gluten-free and vegan cakes to traditional pies and pasties, there was something for everyone to enjoy at the festival.

Also lining the streets were a number of street performers who entertained the crowds with their musical talents.

Dominic Fairchild, who visited the festival from Bolton, said: “It’s been great so far.

"The choice of food is amazing and it’s great to see so many people out and about."