Ruth Ainsworth talks about the upcoming Arnside and Silverdale AONB Local Food Festival
The Arnside and Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is a short 20 minute train journey away from Lancaster. From the 10th – 26th July the AONB will be hosting its first local food and produce festival: A Taste of the Landscape.
This two-week festival will showcase a range of local food and drink and produce. From honey to apples, salt-marsh lamb to veggies, beef to berries; the range of produce on offer is made possible by the landscape of the AONB. The festival will celebrate this productive landscape and will create a great opportunity for you to explore and taste the wide variety of local produce.
Silverdale Local Food Festival will take place at the Gaskell Hall on Saturday 11th July. Stalls will be selling fresh fruit and veg, apple juice, preserves, locally reared meats, beers, jams, honey, chutneys, ice creams, dairy products, cheese, and doggie treats. There will be a pulled pork cookery demonstration and chefs from RSPB Leighton Moss will be cooking locally sourced meat burgers and veggie burgers. Cakes and Atkinson’s coffee will also be on sale at The Wolfhouse Kitchen.
Silverdale Sustainability Group will be hosting two ‘food for free’ sessions in Silverdale’s village centre where you can bring your allotment glut to swap or share.
As well as food, the festival has many non-foodie activities planned!
The Coppice Co-op will be opening its gates to give woodland craft demonstrations and workshops. They will also exhibit the produce they make, such as baskets, hurdles, charcoal and more.
The AONB will be running a butterfly spotting ramble which will also look at the range of flowers these important pollinators use for food. The walk will finish at the Old School Brewery in Warton where ramblers can relax with a pint of local beer or a soft drink.
You can also learn about the properties of herbs growing in the wild by joining local herbalist, Alaina Mecklenburgh, on a herbal ramble. This herb walk will finish at The Wolfhouse Kitchen for some well-earned cake and locally roasted coffee.
Lancaster beekeepers will also be hosting an open day at their apiary where you can learn more about honey, bees and the kinds of plants that bees prefer.
For more information about events taking place during the festival, visit the Arnside and Silverdale AONB website
You can also pick up a festival brochure from a number of local businesses or visitor information centres.