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Longridge Food Festival-a review

June 29, 2009

Picture the scene.Stuart Hall standing with a microphone in the middle of a field in Lancashire chuckling with the audience.

Stuart Hall opens the festival

Stuart Hall opens the festival

No, it is not the German team landing in the water during an edition of It’s a Knockout but the opening of the first ever Longridge Food and drink festival in the grounds of the Corporation Arms.

The two day event aimed to showcase all that is good about local food and drink producers and publicise the diversity of the region.Over thirty stores were on hand to show taste and sell some excellent produce.

From cheeses to cakes,jams and preservatives,meats,smoked food and oils,the marquee filled the air with the glorious smells of locally produced produce.

For those wanting to perfect their culinary skills,there were demonstrations on hand,including celebrity chef Brian Mellor whose summer fruits compote got taste buds salivating.

Some of the exhibitors

Some of the exhibitors

Delicious offering from Brian Mellor

Delicious offering from Brian Mellor

North West Scenes spoke to one local producer Heritage Range of Preservatives ( )who literally make their range of jams and pickles in their kitchen.

Derek Rice-Jones runs the business along with his wife Judy after a career as a maintenance manager.Finding that his friends liked the taste of their chutney’s and jams,they now supply to six outlets in the region.

All their products contain no added artificial flavourings or colourings and I can safely say that their citrus marmalade is superb.

Deep Clough Farm is set in the heart of the Forest of Bowland and from there comes beef pork and lamb all farmed using tradition methods and native breeds in an environmentally friendly way.

I left with a bagful of goodies and an appreciation of the region’s food potential

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