Good Food & Drink

A Treat for the Tastebuds- Lancaster’s Food and Drink Festival Expands

Waistbands aren’t the only thing in danger of increasing this May Bank Holiday, as in a move guaranteed to delight local food-lovers, Lancaster’s Food and Drink Festival expands to three full days across the weekend.

With no danger of a seven-year itch, the seventh year of the free festival sees it growing in response to increasing exhibitor and visitor enthusiasm alike year on year.  The local success story returns to Lancaster Leisure Park on Wyresdale Road over May Bank Holiday weekend, Saturday 5th to Monday 7th with organisers busy slaving over a hot stove, baking up new delights to tickle local taste-buds.

Over the three days, over 60 high quality food and drink producers will create a foodie paradise in the grounds of the Lancaster Brewery garden at the Leisure Park.  Regular visitors will already be salivating at the anticipated spread, including fish, game and beef, pies, bread, biscuits and cakes, as well as artisan spices, oils, chutneys and relishes.  Local food is proudly on the menu, showcasing the yummiest Lancaster and 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, there’s plenty to taste, enjoy, and take home for great gifts or self-indulgent treats.  Keep fuelled as you browse with an abundance of succulent street food too: juicy burgers and pulled pork, pancakes, paella, oven fired pizzas, and Indian food, with plenty of seating to rest tired feet!

If by now you’re leaning more to “Queen Vic” than “King Edward”, there’s plenty of liquid refreshment, with vat-fulls of local craft beers, ciders, delicious fruit cordials and juices, and locally ground coffees to quench your thirst.

Chris Duffy, Events Manager at Lancaster Brewery enthuses, “It’s incredible how popular the festival has become, so it’s great to be able to offer more to local ‘regulars’ and new visitors alike, who might have heard Lancaster featured on several BBC Radio 4 food programmes in the last year. By spreading the event over three days, it gives people more space and flexibility to enjoy everything at their leisure over the whole Bank Holiday weekend, and not miss out on anything!”

Little ones haven’t been forgotten either, with balloons, face painting and indoor soft play to keep everyone entertained.  All the leisure park’s attractions are open throughout the event, including Giggles Play and Adventure, Countrystyle Meats Farm Shop, and GB Antiques Centre. There’s also music and entertainments into the evening at the Brewery.

Running 12 noon to 6pm daily over the weekend with free entry and free parking, the seventh annual Lancaster Food and Drink Festival will be a great May Bank Holiday day out for all the family.

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The Lancaster Food and Drink Festival takes place 12 noon to 6pm on Saturday 5th, Sunday 6th and Bank Holiday Monday 7th May 2018 at Lancaster Leisure Park.

M6 junc 33/34, and follow the brown Lancaster Leisure Park signs.

Free parking onsite and free entry.

Do the words Good Food catch your eye? Traditional afternoon tea is very much loved and must be tried if you haven’t done so already as it really is a very relaxing and sophisticated way to spend an afternoon.

Think delicately cut sandwiches, cakes of different sorts, pastries and a selection of teas to choose from. If you have young children then you probably would prefer a family friendly restaurant where the staff don’t stop smiling and are very much used to the odd pea being thrown across the room. Look for restaurants/café with children’s menus, high chairs, bottle warming, and even baby changing facilities. There are loads of really good child friendly places and they are certainly not all the same. There’ such a variety out there from stylish Italian restaurants to cosy picturesque cottages.

The overall experience is that more special with little touches making all the difference. Lighting and music is subtle to reflect the mood and more traditional restaurants will have a centrepiece such as silver candelabras. Hip and trendy restaurants will be bold in colour and have modern furnishings playing more modern tunes such as jazz.If you are lucky enough to have a romantic evening planned or thinking of one then enjoying quality time together is best when enjoying the finest food together. Fine dining used to be associated with snooty French waiters and restaurants with names you couldn’t pronounce but not anymore all that has changed and fine dining can be in any setting and feature a wide variety of cuisine, from ethnic to organic, local fare. Customer service in a fine dining restaurant is much more attentive than in casual dining establishments and that’s not all.


Eating Out in the North West

A region that caters for everyone’s budgets and tastes

If you are looking for somewhere to eat out during your stay in the North West, you will certainly not be disappointed.  A city renowned for great hospitality, Lancashires’s streets are littered with wonderful award winning restaurants, quaint tearooms and

welcoming cosy pubs.

Many of Lancashires’s hotels boast amazing restaurants, serving exquisite cuisine, and more hearty fare can be found in country pubs in and around Lancashire.  All tastes really are catered for, with British and international food in all price ranges.

For people who really love food, a selection of food and drink events run throughout the year, and you will find local produce and tasty treats at local farmers’ markets in Manchester and the surrounding towns.

The great family get together

The weekends are always full of fun & laughter, and there’s one thing we love more than anything, and that’s sharing it with our family and friends. Enjoying good food & drink together is a fabulous way to spend time with one another, a perfect chance to catch up on all the gossip and excitement. Everyone loves quality food and that’s why gathering around a table to enjoying delicious food and drink is one of life’s simplest of pleasures that must be done more often.

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