THOUSANDS of people flocked to Clitheroe town centre on Saturday for a feast of the county’s finest food.

Celebrity chefs, a pudding tent, and a barbecue trail were just some of the highlights of the Clitheroe Food Festival.

At the main food market area, next to Clitheroe Market, more than 70 food and drinks stalls exhibited their produce, while music and entertainment was provided throughout the town.

There were demonstrations by Michael Heathcote, of the Duke of York, Grindleton, and Steven Smith, of the Freemasons Arms, Wiswell.

Masterclasses by Paul Heathcote, of The Longridge, and Nigel Howarth, of Northcote, in Langho, were also sold out, and there were more than 200 sweet treats on offer all day under the roof.

Festival spokesman Michael Lough said: “One of the most interesting things we had are the 10 South East Asian and ethnic food businesses which came from Blackburn.

“They all cooked traditional dishes, using Lancashire ingredients, so it was a real fusion.”

Nigel Evans, Ribble Valley MP, said: “Clitheroe Food Festival really showed off some of the town’s strengths and will hopefully result in greater numbers of visitors to the area and an even brighter future for Clitheroe and the surrounding areas.

“Huge crowds came out to support local traders, including many families enjoying a wonderful day.

“Local charities that used the event as an opportunity to raise money for good causes were well supported.

"In a week that saw unwelcome events across the country, Clitheroe showed that it’s still possible to pull together, as a community, and create something to be proud of.”

After the food festival, the event finished with an evening of music in the castle grounds.