Food festival will tickle taste buds

The Love Food Doctor - Phil Leverington
The Love Food Doctor - Phil Leverington

ORGANISERS of Hebden Bridge’s first food and drink festival have put together a mouth watering line-up.

The event runs from Saturday, October 20, to Sunday, October 28, and will promote the area’s locally-grown produce and encourage tourists to return to the town after the recent flooding.

On the menu will be competitions like “HebChef”, where teenagers and adults will produce a single plated meal in 20 minutes using local ingredients, at a kitchen sponsored by the In-toto kitchen showroom at Hipperholme; and “Draw a Recipe”, which is suitable for school children and involves creating the wackiest plate of food imaginable.

The 16 best recipe ideas from the “HebChef” challenge will get to cook their meals at Hebden Bridge Town Hall on Saturday, October 20, with the four best entering a cook off later in the afternoon judged by a panel of experts, including “The Love Food Doctor”, Phil Leverington (pictured).

Phil, who will be the chief demo chef, said: “I’m very impressed by Hebden Bridge as a whole and it seems the perfect place to put on a food and drink festival with all of the local producers you have in the area.”

On Sunday, October 21, the town will host its first Oktoberfest, where a selection of real ales produced by five local breweries, The Slightly Foxed Brewing Company, Bare Arts, Little Valley Brewery, Bridestones Brewing and the Haworth Steam Brewing Company, will be available. Keeping with the theme, there will also be a German kitchen running throughout the day, using locally produced ingredients.

Local growers group Calder Food Hub is also heavily involved in the festival, with a “Meet the Producers” event running in the evening of Friday, October 26. There will also be a Street Food Night Market on Saturday, October 27.

Group spokesperson Alice Mill said: “This is a perfect vehicle for us to show the wider community what we’ve been up to as local growers.”

Throughout the week, a variety of tasting trails will be running all over the town, encouraging people to circulate between shops, cafes and restaurants, trying everything from chocolate to cheese.

Event organiser Jason Elliott said: “The whole idea of the festival when it was first conceived was to help visitors discover that there is more to Hebden Bridge than they might previously have thought.”

Fellow organiser Amy Leader said: “As many of our smaller businesses are just as involved in this event as our larger ones, like the Co-op, and hopefully we can help show people coming to the festival some of the hidden delights the town has to offer.”

On Saturday, October 27, there will be a dedicated family event at the town hall, although there will be child-friendly events throughout the week. There will also be demonstrations and cookery classes.

For more details, or to download a form for “HebChef” or “Draw a Recipe”, visit .