Organisers of an annual food festival have launched a competition which will challenge primary school children to decorate a special commemorative cake.

Amazing Accrington, which organises the Accrington Food Festival, wants local primary school pupils to design a cake to celebrate Hyndburn Council's 50th anniversary.

More than 2,000 school children have been invited to take part in the competition, with Accrington Food Festival compere and star of Netflix's extreme cake makers, Molly Robbins, set to create the winning design.

This will then be unveiled to the public at the Food Festival in Accrington town centre on Saturday June 1.

Competition forms will be delivered to Year 2 and Year 3 children from 36 Hyndburn primary schools, with entries set to be collected and judged from Wednesday, May 15.

There will be prizes up for grabs for the top three designs, including a family meal at The Crafty Fox for first place, second place will win a Finch Bakery voucher, while third place will take home a voucher for Oswaldtwistle Mills.

Ahead of the event, Amazing Accrington is also producing a special booklet including 50 facts about Hyndburn, which will be distributed to local school children to mark Hyndburn Council's 50th anniversary.

Murray Dawson, chair of Amazing Accrington, said: "We are delighted to officially launch our design a cake competition to celebrate Hyndburn Council's 50th anniversary.

"Engaging local school schools is a big part of the Accrington Food Festival and we are excited to see what designs all the children come up with, before Molly works her magic and produces the cake, which we are inviting members of the public to come and take a look at on Saturday, June 1."

A Hyndburn Council spokesperson said: "What a fantastic initiative and one which we are really excited to be part of.

"Not only is this a lovely gesture, but it will be great to see the creativity of our young people and we can't wait to judge all the entries ahead of the Food Festival."

The competition is part of an exciting day of activities at the Accrington Food Festival, which will also see Michelin Star and TV chef, Glynn Purnell, headline the main cooking demonstration area alongside compere Molly and local chef and owner of The Crafty Fox, Paul Fox.

There will be more than 60 stalls to choose from including Finch Bakery, plus Brie Mine - who have announced a new cheese pic n mix next to the main stage, so you can buy a nibble while watching the cooking demonstrations.

The 2024 Accrington Food Festival will also celebrate the very best of Lancashire produce including a new Farm to Plate offering courtesy of BBC Radio Lancashire presenter, Stephen Lowe.

With continental stalls along Broadway and the Accrington Market pods outside the town hall, there will be plenty of opportunities to enjoy foods from around the world throughout the event.

The event will also host a special war re-enactment to commemorate the 80th anniversary of D-Day at 1pm, set to take place in the grounds of St James' Church, Cannon Street.

The 2024 Accrington Food Festival is sponsored by Hyndburn Borough Council, Vita Accrington, iMEP - International Music Event Production specialists, and Sundown Solutions.