Barnoldswick prepares for annual food festival

Sisters, Lily (5) and Macy Pratt (9) are pictured during the food festival at the Rainhall Centre in Barnoldswick.  G310312/3b
Sisters, Lily (5) and Macy Pratt (9) are pictured during the food festival at the Rainhall Centre in Barnoldswick. G310312/3b

Barnoldswick’s second annual food festival will take place next weekend.

And the event is to be held in conjunction with Barlick Chamber of Commerce’s St George’s Day celebration.

St George (Richard Akrigg) slays the Dragon (Steve Preston) during the special St George's Day event in Barnoldswick.

St George (Richard Akrigg) slays the Dragon (Steve Preston) during the special St George's Day event in Barnoldswick.

There will be lots of exciting activities on Saturday, April 27th, with the St George’s Day celebrations in Barnoldswick’s Town Square between 10am and 4pm and the food festival running inside the Rainhall Centre between 10am and 3pm.

Food retailers in the town will be taking part in a town taster trail, where samples will be available to try and following the trail will entitle you to enter a prize draw.

Taking inspiration from Masterchef, there will also be a palate tasting competition to guess the ingredients in a dish made by Amaali.

Prizes for this have been donated by The Co-op, The Rainhall Centre and Cafe Julia while the event as a whole has been backed by Barnoldswick Town Council and Pendle Council’s West Craven Committee.

Cookery demonstrations will also complete the culinary convention as Philippa from Philippa’s Cookery School will demonstrate the foods and cooking methods from World War Two.

Also present will be Yesmien from Amaali of Skipton, who has cooked alongside Madhur Jaffrey and will be talking folk through an Asian fish curry recipe and holding children’s chapatti making sessions.

And if that wasn’t enough, Danielle Kay, medicinal herbalist, is set to show you how to make pesto from locally foraged foods, The Raj will be concocting a Balti recipe and Live-Well-Eat-Well will be on site creating a healthy soup.

Local traders will also be selling and promoting their wares from home-baked cakes, tarts and fudge to preserves and spices and the “Love Food Hate Waste” campaign will also be here, showing you how to use up your all those leftovers.

While all this is happening, the Town Square will be a hive of activity with over 30 charity and trade stalls planned for the square itself and surrounding streets as well as martial arts demonstrations and dance displays.

A fire engine pull is to be the centrepiece of the day which will also include fairground rides and interactive events such as kite making, flower arranging and a penalty shootout.

Be on the lookout for a magician providing tricks and humour to those in attendance and live performances from band The Indiependence and morris dancers the Craven Flag Crackers round off an action-packed line-up.

For further information on the St George’s Day celebration, contact Richard Milner on 07731 112334 and for the food festival, call the Rainhall Centre on 818250.