Food festival serves up success on a plate

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From cupcakes and curries to slushes and toffee vodka, the Nelson Food and Drink Festival had it all.

The town centre was buzzing as around 8,000 people flocked to sample the delights of numerous types of food and drink from 34 stalls.

Ruby Marsden (seven) tucks into a fruit kebab at the Nelson Food and Drink Festival

Ruby Marsden (seven) tucks into a fruit kebab at the Nelson Food and Drink Festival

But along with culinary delights there was music, with performances from the Punjabi Roots Academy, Sambafiq Band and samba dancers.

Attractions also included children’s rides, henna art and face painting held in Pendle Rise shopping centre.

Youngsters also got the chance to try their hand at cake decorating in a competition run by Oddie’s bakery.

The event, which was sponsored by Nelson Town Council, was opened by the Mayor and Mayoress of Pendle Coun. David Whalley and his wife, Barbara.

Coun. Zafar Ali, who is chairman of the town council, said: “I am really proud that, as a town council, we took the decision to sponsor and support the event.

“Nelson is a diverse town and this event celebrates that and ultimately that’s the real success that we’re looking to achieve from all of this, to keep the diversity going.

“It was a fabulous day with some fantastic work on display.

“A lot of effort went into making this a successful day for Nelson and it just gets bigger and better every year.”

Highlights of the day included demontrations by celebrity chef, Richard Fox, who specialises in turning food that is left in cupboards and fridges into gastronomic delights.

And among the dishes he created during several live demonstrations was Welsh rarebit, also known as the posh version of cheese on toast.

If you would like more information, visit the Nelson Food and Drink Festival website