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Clitheroe food festival 2012

Spent a lovely afternoon yesterday in (a very packed!) medieval market town celebrating a showcase of Lancashire foods in the beautiful Ribble valley.

We managed to dodge the rain, and went straight for lunch at Mansell’s. It’s a coffee house in the Swan Courtyard, off Castle Street. Y/day was the 3rd time I have lunched there, and the meal *never* disappoints. The view from my table, into the busy courtyard, as I ate.

After an excellent lunch (chilli & ginger chicken goujons, served with a wonderful mixed salad), we explored the various producers in the festival. Clitheroe food festival website.

I returned with a piece of Dewlay Tasty Lancashire cheese, a bottle of red wine, and a sparkling from Whalley Wine shop, sampled artisan breads, some sausages from Cowmans Famous Sausage Shop (wild boar, pork and chestnut) and tasted others I can’t recall, although the queue to get in the shop went down the street!

The sun shone, and it was warm—indeed, I wished I had a hat to shade my face, and there have not been many times I can say that so far this year! I wish I had learned about the festival earlier than I did—there were ‘tutored tastings’, and chef masterclasses I would *love* to have tried for tickets for. Next year, perhaps? It rained again as we left, quite heavily. I was happy not to get wet! (Is the first time I’ve visited Clitheroe and *not* got wet! 🙂

About half 5, as I was preparing dinner, a thunderstorm rolled across, and the temperature dropped by 3 degrees! I can still hear the occasional rumble, but there is no lightning.

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Beef tomato, with 2 sliced baby fennel, organic hazlenuts, parmesan shavings, and dressed with pesto and walnut oil. D’liceurs!