Sedbergh Food & Drink Festival becomes firm fixture in Yorkshire’s annual calendar

Sedbergh Food & Drink Festival becomes an annual event

From this spring Sedbergh Food Festival is changing… as the event intends to become a firm fixture in the ancient market town’s annual event calendar.

Sedbergh may be famed as England’s Book Town, but the ancient market town and the surrounding Dales are a real foodie’s paradise, with a long and proud tradition of producing quality food and drink.

The lush landscapes of the north of England with their gently rolling fells, dappled woodland glades and meandering river valleys, are a veritable larder, perfect for raising great quality rare breed beef such as Herefords, fell-bred lamb in the form of Rough Fells and Swaledales, and pork from Yorkshire Middle Whites. But that’s not all; nature’s provender also includes game in the form of wild venison, rabbit and red grouse and an abundance of local freshwater fish including line-caught trout, salmon and even eel.

Alongside farmers rearing traditional breeds of cattle there is also an abundance of producers making all manner of traditional cheeses, butters, vinegars, jams, preserves and artisan breads and cakes. We had best not forget about the brewers making a huge array of local beers and local distillers concocting gins, vodkas and even whisky using foraged local ingredients.

Join us at the Sedbergh Food Festival on 27th & 28th April 2019 and discover the huge array of food and drink the Western Dales has to offer you; it’s the perfect place to be for lovers of quality food and drink.

The Black Bull will play host to a beer festival showcasing over 25 guest beers over the weekend. There will be foodie masterclasses, chef demos by some of the region’s leading chefs including Martin Frickel and Nina Matsunaga and a producer’s market on the Saturday showcasing a whole host of the region’s top food and drink producers, featuring more than 25 stalls brim full of foodie delights from across the Dales.

But that’s not all, there’s live music throughout the weekend, a food gadget repair café, a pie competition and lots of children’s activities…

All making for a mouth-watering weekend of foodie fun that’s bound to hit the spot with the whole family!

James Ratcliffe, Chairman of Sedbergh Chamber of Trade, said: ‘’Sedbergh is well known as England’s Book Town, but people aren’t aware of the strong food-producing traditions of the area. We want to change that and establish the Sedbergh Food and Drink Festival as a firm fixture in the Dales food and drink calendar. Sedbergh and the surrounding areas are traditional farming communities, home to some amazing food and drink producers and we want to support them. Sedbergh has a real opportunity to use the Food and Drink Festival to support, nurture and grow the reputation of the Western Dales as a food-producing area and showcase the amazing produce that is created here.’’

Heather Thomas, Project Manager for the Sedbergh Chamber of Trade and Business, said: ‘’It’s great to see Sedbergh establishing itself as a foodie hub and I can’t wait to see the delights on offer at this year’s Food and Drink Festival.’’