Barrowford Booths to offer free tasting session

New Booths Barrowford store evening 2014 � Steven Barber
New Booths Barrowford store evening 2014 � Steven Barber

Some of the finest food producers in Lancashire will be setting up stall and serving samples of local produce at a special tasting event at Booths in Barrowford on Saturday, March 28th.

Organised to support and showcase the exceptional quality food and drink being produced locally, a selection of Booths’ suppliers will be offering free tastings of their products at the Barrowford store, in addition to food tastings run by Booths. It will operate from 11am to 4pm.

Third generation cheesemaker Mrs Kirkham’s produces award-winning cheese on her family farm in Preston, and will be joined by the Molyneux Kale Company, who will be demonstrating how to make the most of the nation’s favourite superfood.

Roots Vegetable Crisps, whose growers, Huntapac have supplied Booths for over 30 years with vegetables, will be offering samples of their delicious beetroot, parsnip and carrot crisps, accompanied by H&P Ashcroft who grows lesser-known golden and candy beetroots on his Tarleton farm.

The golden beetroot, which Peter Ashcroft has nicknamed the “Lancashire Pineapple”, is an old heritage variety grown in the 19th Century and prized for its sweetness.

Sweet toothed foodies will also be able to enjoy treats from Farmhouse Fare Puddings and Farmhouse Biscuits, who produce traditional biscuits to classic recipes in their bakery in Nelson, where many of their recipes remain unchanged for over fifty years.

There will be free face painting for local children and a free raffle prize draw, including a bumper Booths hamper and treats from all the producers present.

Dean Gibson, store manager at Barrowford Booths which has recently opened, said: “The food produced in our counties tells a fascinating story of our regions’ culinary heritage and farming traditions, from artisan cheese-making, family bakeries to fantastic fresh vegetable growers.

“We’re proud to sell so many products produced locally and look forward to sharing the story behind many of our delicious products with customers this weekend.”