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Tuck into our page of Food Bites which brings you the latest news on our restaurants, rural country inns, chefs and local artisan producers who all make Preston and the Fylde a region of outstanding gastronomy

Garstang’s first ever ice cream festival will take place on 15th July in the town centre. A festival following a theme of ice cream is the first of its kind in the area. The event will not only host more ice cream than you can possibly imagine, there will also be some unique hot food vendors, live entertainment, competitions and loads of fun and games.

The mayor of Preston recently cut the red ribbon at the opening of Preston’s new Market Hall. The opening event also celebrated the opening with Chinese dragons, dancers and a female soloist. The new market offers a wide selection of fresh, local, quality produce including traditional butchers, fishmonger, dairy, cooked meats and fruit and veg, as well as hot food to eat in and takeaway, cafes and a selection of non-food items.

Lancashire pub the Freemasons at Wiswell has finished in fourth place for the second year in the Estrella Damm Top 50 Gastropubs Awards. The awards are voted for by top foodies, hospitality experts, food writers, executive chefs, celebrity and top hospitality industry chefs, pub guide editors, industry chiefs and food operators. Lancashire had three pubs in the top 50 with the Parker’s Arms at number eight and, for the first time, the Cartford Inn at number 40.

A Lancashire-based importer and supplier, known as the ‘Preston Pizza Oven Pioneer’, has taken a basil leaf out of the regal history of pizza and created his own tribute to royalty, to mark the US National Pizza Day. Andrew Manciocchi of Valoriani, who first pioneered wood-fired pizza ovens in the UK has created the ‘Meghan Pizza’ – a 2018 update to the Margherita pizza.

Preston welcomes a new Holland and Barrett store in St Georges Shopping Centre. The store replaces a Met-Rx store. This branch will stock the latest products and concepts in the health food industry. The new opening brings with it four members of staff, the retailer operates more than 1,150 stores worldwide.

A Blackpool barber has become the face of a new locally-brewed pale ale. Michael Sowerby, who owns the barber shop on Church Street, has been immortalised as the mascot for 279 Indian Pale Ale, which is named after his shop. The pale ale, made from 10 different kinds of hops, and was created by local amateur brewers Jon Worswick and Jared Salisbury of the Trawlboat Brewery in Lytham.

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