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Monday, 03 October 2011 (3019236)
Feast from local farms
by David Simister


ONE of the warmest October weekends on record helped to draw hundreds of visitors to a West Lancashire village's first ever food festival.

The organisers of the Bickerstaffe Food Festival, held last Saturday (October 1) managed to attract more than 1,000 visitors from across the borough and further afield, who enjoyed not just fresh food from local producers, but sunshine and clear blue skies too.

Kim O'Brien, coordinator of the Bickerstaffe Food Festival, said:

“The way the event went was absolutely amazing. It's not just the immediate community who were attracted to the event, but visitors from far and wide came along to the show. The stall holders and traders have told me they enjoyed some really good results, so I think it's not a case of it we hold it again, but when.

”The weather was absolutely amazing throughout the event. With the event being planned for the begining of October, we decided to hold it under cover, but on the day we were met with sunshine and temperatures in excess of 25 degrees celsius. There was plenty going on throughout the day and the best thing was that the food was all local, it was all seasonal, and it was all completely fresh.“

Visitors to the event could try everything from chocolates and cordial to locally-produced meat, specially grown vegetables and beers brewed across the north west, while the hog roast proved particularly popular during the hot summer weather.

Budding reporter Joe Cotterill, 9, was among those who visited the event, and said:

”The festival took place at Bickerstaffe Hall Farm. Farmers came from all over the district to join in with the festival. It was the first one we have ever had and everyone enjoyed it.

“The aim of the festival was to raise money to get a new boiler for Bickerstaffe Holy Trinity Church and to raise money for Bickerstaffe C of E School. So the Bickerstaffe Food Festival was a huge success and lots of people came and enjoyed it.”

To read Joe Cotterill's full report on the food festival and to see a special video of the event head onto our website at www.champnews.com






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