Blow as popular Clitheroe Food Festival is cancelled

Foodie lovers in the Ribble Valley will be disappointed with the news that this year's popular Clitheroe Food Festival has been cancelled.

Monday, 10th May 2021, 3:09 pm
Updated Monday, 10th May 2021, 3:13 pm

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

But this year’s festival will not go ahead due to the pandemic.

Ricky Newmark, chairman of Ribble Valley Borough Council’s community services committee, said: “The Clitheroe Food Festival attracts visitors from across Lancashire and at any one time there can be thousands of people packed into the town centre.

Crowds at the 2019 festival
Crowds at the 2019 festival

“The council has created a strong narrative around food over the years and it is with great reluctance that we have decided not to go ahead with this year’s festival due to the challenge of holding it safely.

“We understand people will be disappointed and we are looking closely at how the festival might be held safely in the future.”

Town Crier Roland Hailwood inspects some delicacies from Luke Christian and Tim Cottingham of Lakeland Mues