PHOTOS: Accrington Food Festival hailed ‘resounding success’

More than 10,000 people descended on a city center on Saturday for the first food festival since 2019.

Hailed a resounding success by its organisers, the Accrington Food Festival dazzled attendees with spectacular attractions including international, regional and local food markets, 1940s singers, a static display of life-size Spitfire aircraft , a sensational war re-enactment and cooking demonstration area with TV. star Molly Robbins and some amazing local businesses.

Molly, as seen in the Netflix series “Extreme Cake Makers”, is an award-winning pastry chef and celebrity chef, and has decorated two different cakes in the main marquee, with her “Extreme” cake decorating techniques.

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There was a Ready Steady Cook challenge with food from The Food Pantry and cooking from Paul Fox of The Crafty Fox, Paul Sutton of Property Shop and Paul Maguire of North Lancs Training Group.

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Stall owner Tom Griffiths of the Finest Fudge Company, which has a store in Great Harwood, said: “Today has been fantastic, it’s one of our favorite food festivals to get involved with.

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“It was very well organized and there are so many people here, the Accy people are the friendliest.”

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The event also commemorated the D-Day landings in Normandy in 1944. A full-size replica Spitfire aircraft was on display in the town square and attracted many impressed visitors, alongside authentic military vehicles.

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1940s singers Christopher and the Robins performed on the grounds of St James’s Church alongside a Rene Café hosted by the NLTG Host Team, with all proceeds going to the church. Attendees were also treated to Allo Allo characters performing a super fun skit with guest appearances.

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BBC Radio Lancashire’s Stephen Lowe hosted a truly thrilling war re-enactment that wowed the crowd, culminating in a moving performance by Lone Piper, from Accrington’s famous Pipe Band.

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Debbie Handley of Sugar Tart Cupcakery said: “This is my fourth or fifth time here and it’s been awesome.

“It’s been very well supported by the people of Accrington and I’ve brought some stock with me which was due to be organized tomorrow for an event and I’m almost exhausted so I don’t really know what I’m going to do!

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“I think next year the market hall could be used a bit more, accommodate a few more quality stalls and make it bigger and better.”

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Visitors were encouraged to try local vendors, and there were also more than 80 food, craft and drink stalls with produce from around the world, including a continental market on Broadway, with the Market Hall hosting independent traders, entertainment and cake decorations. for kids.

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Tom Brasley and Maddy Morris said they enjoyed the food but would like to see more traders next year.

Tom said: “It was really good, I’ve been there before and had Caribbean food, which I don’t think they have this year, so maybe next year , they could try to have even more choices.”

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NLTG Managing Director Gareth Lindsay said: “Hospitality is one of our key areas at NLTG, and we were delighted to be involved.

“We have a lot of vacancies and want to encourage people to train in this area of ​​work.

“We were able to introduce our expert tutors, have fun hosting Café René, and give back to the Church all at the same time.”

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Steven Chippendale, Commercial Director at Property Shop, added: “What a great event – fantastic to see Accrington full of people having fun and helping the local economy. We’re always happy to support the city and the events, and it’s great to meet lots of new people!

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Amazing Accrington Chairman Murray Dawson said, “Accrington Food Festival is one of Accrington’s signature events and attracts visitors from across the region.

“I’m delighted it’s been such a spectacular success, and it just keeps getting better.”

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Sara Britcliffe, MP for Hyndburn and Haslingden, commented: “Today blew my mind, the town was buzzing with excitement.

“After the Queen’s Jubilee, today was a fitting tribute to D-Day.

“I’m also an advocate for #ShopLocal and it was great to see local independent businesses doing so well, alongside international guests adding to the overall attraction for visitors.”

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Miles Parkinson OBE, Leader of Hyndburn Borough Council, added: “I have never seen the town so bustling, what an amazing event today which has really given our local traders a boost.

“Amazing Accrington has put on some amazing events over the years and the Food Festival gets more spectacular every year. Café Rene was my favorite part this year.”

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