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Tasty treats as Accrington hosts Lancashire Food Festival

Delicious delicacies were on offer in Accrington town centre as part of the 15th Lancashire Food Festival.

Jean Christophe Novelli demonstrates his cooking skills at Accrington Food Festival hosted at Accrington Town Hall

Delicious delicacies were on offer in Accrington town centre as part of the 15th Lancashire Food Festival.

The two-day event was held in and around Accrington Town Hall on Saturday and Sunday April 14 and 15, with hundreds of people sampling tasty treats on both days.

The star of the festival was Michelin starred chef Jean-Christophe Novelli who gave three mouth-watering cookery demonstrations at Accrington Town Hall on Sunday.

More than 50 exhibitors from Lancashire and beyond offered up local produce for purchase alongside international fare.

Among the exhibitors was Reedy's Naturally which specialises in hand made luxury preserves and savoury condiments.

John Kirby, who runs the business alongside his partner Lisa Reedy, said this year's festival was a success.

He said: "We have been exhibiting for several years and always meet some great contacts during the event. It's always really well put together although it seemed a little quiet this year.

"Jean-Christophe went around all the stallholders and visited on Sunday. He spent time chatting and posed for photos which was brilliant. He even gave Lisa a kiss on the cheek so she was pretty excited."

Former Coronation Street Sean Wilson aka Martin Platt was also on hand during the weekend giving demonstrations on how to make cheese. Sean currently runs The Saddleworth Cheese Co.

And up at the Haworth Art Gallery, the tea room was transformed into the Ice Dream Experience where homemade ice cream, cakes and scones were served up during an decadent Edwardian afternoon tea.

The event was organised by Hyndburn Leisure Trust and supported by Hyndburn council and Accrington and Rossendale College.

See this Friday's Observer for more photos from the event.

 

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