Wednesday, 18 May 2016

NEWS RELEASE Accrington market traders get behind town’s food festival

Press release - for immediate release (18 May 2016)

Accrington market traders get behind town's food festival

Businesses within Accrington market hall are giving their support - and their local produce - to Accrington Food Festival.

The event on Saturday 4 June will feature a number of live cookery demos - and it is local market stallholders who are supplying the produce.

Slack's Farm Butcher's, a family business who have been in Accrington market hall for 26 years, will supply the chicken and eggs for celeb chef Richard Fox's cookery demo - he'll be making mouths water with his Caribbean jerk chicken and coconut rice in spiced Yorkshire puddings. All Fruits is providing the fruit, vegetables and spices for Richard's tasty marinade, and Fairbrother's grocery stall will contribute the flour.

Slack's is also providing the meat for North Lancs Training Group's trench stew. Their cookery demo, in a World War 2 inspired field kitchen, links with the Accrington Pals centenary celebrations and will offer the food festival crowds a flavour of wartime grub.

And the chicken and steak used by Whittaker's Arms chef Grant Smallridge will also come from Slack's. Grant's cookery demo will see him make one of the restaurant's most popular dishes, their sweet chilli chicken and steak sizzler.

Steve Hayman, owner of Slack's Farm Butcher's, said:

"We're happy to support Accrington Food Festival by providing all the meat for the cookery demonstrations. I'm sure the event will build on the success of last year's and be a wonderful day out."

Duncan Allton of All Fruits added:

"All Fruits is happy to get behind this fantastic event."

Accrington Food Festival is expected to bring over 10,000 visitors into Accrington town centre, topping last year's hugely successful event. Over 75 stalls will showcase top quality food and drink from across Lancashire alongside a continental market and many more speciality stalls.

Full details of the event on Saturday 4 June - including cookery demos, children's cake decorating competition, a World War 2 re-enactment and static Spitfire display - are available at www.accringtonfoodfestival.co.uk. Festival programmes have also been delivered to around 30,000 local homes.

Steve Hayman added: "Customers can visit our Slack's Farm Butchers Facebook page to find out about our tremendous meat offers."

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Photo captions: Accrington market traders are supporting the town's food festival in June by supplying meat and produce for the cookery demonstrations

Slack's Farm Butcher's - Steve Hayman (far right) & Clare Hayman (centre) at the 2015 Accrington Food Festival with Storage Hunters' Jesse McClure

All Fruits - Alison Allton, who runs All Fruits, with staff Jason and Catherine