Food, Glorious Food

The most talked about food festival in the North will once again be taking over Clitheroe

Foodies Delight

A feast of fun and flavour comes to Clitheroe on Saturday 11th August when the town hosts its annual food festival.

The popular event, organised by Ribble Valley Borough Council, attracts thousands of food enthusiasts seeking the best local produce to Clitheroe town centre.

This year’s festival, which is sponsored by Clitheroe food company Deli Solutions, Lloyd BMW Colne, Fort Vale Engineering and Bowland Brewery, features top-quality food and drink, lively tasting-talks, family-friendly activities, including the ever-popular Mad Science, and nonstop music from a solar-powered stage.

A huge array of foods, from organic meat and dairy goods made from traditional Lancashire breeds, handmade pies and pastries, Asian treats, Thai pies, Biltong beef and a feast of fruit and vegetables packed with flavour will be found along Clitheroe’s picturesque streets.

Simon Hore, chairman of Ribble Valley Borough Council’s community services committee, said: “The Clitheroe Food Festival is a great opportunity for food enthusiasts to see what amazing produce we have.”

“The council has created a strong narrative around food over the years and is delighted to host a festival that provides a vital showcase for local producers.”

“Festival-goers are assured of a warm Ribble Valley welcome and plenty to whet their appetite, including top-quality local produce, cuisine from further afield, family-friendly displays, a series of lively tasting-talks in the Ribble Valley Civic Suite and dozens of fringe events.”

Further details and bookings are available at:

Tasting Talks

‘Life is too short to drink bad wine’ German writer Goethe famously said – and you can learn how to spot a top tipple at this year’s Clitheroe Food Festival.

Jane Cuthbertson of leading independent wine merchant Barrica Wines is to give a tasting-talk outlining how wine is made, what to look for in a good wine, how to tell if wine is corked and how to read a wine list. Jane’s lively talks are extremely popular and it is the sixth time she has taken the stage at the festival.

Barrica Wines joins chocolatier Choc Amor and the Brindle Distillery for a series of tasting-talks in the Ribble Valley Civic Suite in Church Street, Clitheroe, throughout festival day.

Barrica Wines 11.15am
ChocAmor 10.30am and 1.30pm
Brindle Distillery 2.15pm (SOLD OUT)
Further details and tickets are available from:

Plan Ahead
Significant roadworks start on the A59 near Clitheroe in July.
The junction between Pendle Road, Clitheroe, and the A59 will be closed and there will be speed restrictions between the A671 Whalley Road roundabout and Pimlico Link Road turn-off.
There will also be road closures in Clitheroe town centre from 6am until 8pm on festival day and from 6am on Thursday 9th August in New Market Street.
Motorists heading for the festival, particularly the park-and-ride at Clitheroe Auction Mart, are advised to plan their journey accordingly.
Avoid the traffic and travel to the festival by bus or train. Further information is available from the Clitheroe Interchange on: 01200 429832
Further details about road closures and roadworks are available from:



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