Good news for all food-lovers seeking a little post-winter inspiration to pop in their diaries, as May heralds the return of the blossoming Lancaster Food and Drink Festival at the city’s Leisure Park.
Springing forth with a cornucopia of culinary goodies, the perennially popular fixture in the food enthusiasts’ calendar kicks off the 2018 spring festival season over May Bank Holiday weekend, Saturday 5th to Monday 7th. Organisers forecast the three day food fest will be bigger and better than ever, as they prepare to tickle the taste-buds of over 10,000 visitors at their seventh annual gala of gastronomy.
Over 50 quality food and drink producers will create a foodie paradise in the grounds of the Lancaster Brewery Garden at the Leisure Park, with the expanding popularity of the festival reflected in the increased multicultural cuisine on offer. There’s international inspiration from stalls selling Jamaican, Spanish, Indian and Italian foods. But it’s not all chorizo and churros, as the food festival is keen to celebrate strong regional pride showcasing the best North-West produce, from farm-fresh chops and cheeses to local seafood and salt-marsh lamb.
With stalls and marquees packed with demonstrations, advice, and free samples, visitors will be able to indulge in temptations including artisan bread, oils, chillies, herbs, fish, game, pies, preserves, chutneys, nuts and pasties, all available to take home for gifts or treats.
And if you’re more Nadia than Nigella, there’s pastries, cakes and local farm ice-cream to delight every palate, washed down with locally-ground coffee, tea and cordials.
The festival has an equally strong reputation for wine, cider and craft beer, also championed by the park’s own onsite brewery, who will be hosting music and entertainments into the evening.
Lancaster is at the forefront of the current enthusiasm for quality local produce, featuring recently on BBC Radio 4’s ‘Food Programme’ and ‘Kitchen Cabinet’, and the Food and Drink Festival is firing on all hotplates to continue the momentum.
Running 12 noon to 6pm daily with free entry, free parking, plus the full range of the Leisure Park’s own attractions and children’s entertainment, Lancaster Food and Drink Festival will be a great May Bank Holiday day out, ensuring you’ll go home full of inspiration, as well as full of good food.