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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

St Anne’s second food festival is set to take place this August. The festival will showcase the town’s fantastic offering of food and drink, and will show excellent cookery demonstrations. Last year the event attracted over 3,000 visitors who were encouraged to try new dishes. The event is organised by the St Anne’s Enterprise Partnership.

Dottie’s wafflery and ice-cream parlour at Samlesbury Hall is England’s first ever wafflery. Dottie’s is celebrating serving freshly baked delicious waffles and ice-cream for a year. Their most popular dessert has been the banoffee waffle. Dottie’s look forward to creating some new waffle recipes for the menu.

The restauranteurs behind Lytham’s Spago and Java have expanded their portfolio with their new addition Fifty Four. The Scandinavian-inspired restaurant recently opened after a huge renovation of what was Jacks restaurant. Fifty Four offers a European menu including breakfast, lunch and dinner. The eatery boasts stunning décor and an outdoor terrace.

Barton Grange Garden Centre will host its annual food and drink festival on 1st and 2nd September. The event promises to be a mouth-watering celebration of the best of the north west! Producers from around the region will be present to tempt and treat visitors. The festival will include tastings, demos, samples and workshops.

Lancashire brand Choc Amor was successful in this year’s International Chocolate Awards and were awarded British champions. All winners of the regional competitions are now allowed to enter the world finals, which celebrates the best entries of the year and are judged during London Chocolate Week in October. Good luck Choc Amor.

A new survey, commissioned to promote Diabetes UK’s ‘Food you Love’ campaign during Diabetes Week in June has shown that Brussel sprouts are the north west’s favourite vegetable, receiving 12 per cent of the votes. The strawberry was voted the favourite fruit with 16 per cent of votes, closely followed by the banana.

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