Raise a glass to the first food festival
THERE will be plenty of tasty treats on offer when Hebden Bridge hosts its first ever food and drink festival next month.
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.
One of the organisers Jason Elliot said: “As consumables in all forms appeal equally to residents and visitors alike, everyone needs to eat and drink, it seemed a good idea to pull the local producers and suppliers for a series of events running every day for a week at a time when most flood affected businesses will be open again and a larger than average number of people will be able to attend as its the school holidays.”
Spearheaded by the Hebden Bridge Community Association, with support from the Business Association and Hebden Royd and Calderdale councils, the idea is to show the world that Hebden Bridge is very much back in business with a series of events designed to attract “foodies” from across the North, said Mr Elliot.
A wide variety of events are in the pipeline, including tasting trails, chocolate making, talks, chef’s cookery demonstrations, pizza making for kids, various extra markets, including a “street food” market, real ale sampling and more.
Arguably, the most emblematic event will be an evening “handmade” lantern parade on Saturday, October 27, organised by Andrew and Cathy Kim of Thingumajig Theatre and supported by the Community Foundation for Calderdale.
Incoming Business Association Chairman and proprietor of The White Lion Hotel in Hebden Bridge, Michael Grimes, is organising a meeting at 7pm on Tuesday, September 18, for anyone who would like to be involved with the festival.
“We will be talking to all traders to see if we can get broad consensus for Saturday, October 27, to be a late shopping day with stores closing at 8 or 9pm to take advantage of the influx the festival and the lantern parade will bring,” said Mr Grimes.
“We also want to run through a broad range of suggestions for those businesses owners who are unsure about what they can do to get involved,” he said.
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