Food Bites!

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

Vegan, organic and fermented foods are on offer from a new Preston service. The Grimshaw Community Centre Food Hub runs an online shop offering a range of certified organic fruit and veg from a local farm, plus healthy treats from Preston-based businesses. This service offers freshly picked local produce including spinach, beetroot and butternut squash, plus VegaRaw’s pitted dates, chewy choc chip cookies and fermented swede and celeriac made at the community centre.

The Wine Shed at Stydd gardens is excited to celebrate its first birthday in May. The specialist wine merchant offers an extensive range of well-known and popular wines and other more unique flavours. The Wine Shed is set to open The Wine Shed School of Wine this summer. The school will run formal and informal courses, as well as hosting courses for the public and corporate classes such as team building events. Watch this space.

A food fair with a difference has recently been held at Preston College. Organised by Coeliac UK more than 30 stalls were assembled in the college’s sports hall for this gluten free festival. Gluten free pasta, pies, beer, brownies and even fish and chips were on offer to try and buy. The event was held by the Preston and Lancashire groups of the national coeliac charity.

The Mad Hunter in St Michaels has been awarded an outstanding five stars by trip advisor after being open just 10 months. Since opening its doors in June 2017 the restaurant has developed its unique menu and offers dishes with a South African twist to reflect chefs Travis Dunlop’s heritage. Both owners Oliver Rowland and Travis Dunlop come from a background in hospitality and food and drink and are incredibly passionate about their new venture.

Grandma Singleton’s of Longridge makes a special selection of cheese which is exported to 30 countries across the globe. The cheese-maker has been announced as the latest Northern Powerhouse Partner by Northern Power House Minister, Rossendale and Darwen MP Jake Berry.

27th May sees the arrival of a new Fylde Food Festival, which takes place within the beautiful setting of Fairhaven Lake, Lytham. This free family friendly event has been designed to showcase some local gastronomic delights, alongside a variety of artisan market stalls. A selection of hot world foods will be available from some of Lancashire’s best street food vendors, plus a stage will offer local live entertainment and the bar will serve local craft ale and gin.

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