After the success of last year’s festival, Arnside and Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty will once again be hosting ‘A Taste of the Landscape’; showcasing the finest local food, drink and produce.
Arnside and Silverdale is quite a small area, but the varied landscape provides the perfect backdrop for our local artisans to create a very wide variety of food, drink, art and crafts. The area is a unique landscape fosters the perfect conditions for the creation of a wealth of different products; from honey to apples; salt-marsh lamb to veggies; beef to berries (and lots of non-food products which we’ll be celebrating at the festival too!). The area is also home to some fantastic makers: brewers, bakers, millers, chefs and craftspeople.
Herb & Orchard Rambles
Many of the festival events are free and there is something for everyone during the festival fortnight. Want to know more about the area’s ancient orchards? Join the ramble with our local expert, Phil Rainford! There’s a family herbal ramble to keep you busy over the half term break with local herbalists Veda West and Alaina Mecklenburgh.
Taste the flavours
Silverdale Local Food Festival will take place at the Gaskell Hall on Saturday 11 July, come along and sample the best in local produce: fresh fruit and veg, apple juice, preserves, locally reared meats, beers, jams, honey, chutneys, ice creams, dairy products, cheese, and doggie treats; there will also be a pulled pork cookery demonstration and chefs from RSPB Leighton Moss cooking mouthwatering burgers. Enjoy locally roasted coffee and homemade cakes and pies at one of our fabulous cafes.
Animals and Demo’s
Arnside Tower farm is inviting families to help bring the cows in for milking. Find out more about the beekeeping year and sample local honey on bread made on the day at the Heron Corn Mill. Experience a greenwood craft demonstration and have a go yourself at the Coppice Coop Woodyard Open Day. There are opportunities to find out about the food our feathered and four legged friends prefer too, on the RSPB Leighton Moss nature trail.
Find out more about our rare local butterflies with Butterfly Conservation and finish up with a pint of High Brown Fritillary Ale (or a soft drink) at the Old School Brewery.
More information about the events taking place during the festival fortnight is available on the Arnside and Silverdale AONB website, and local businesses and visitor information centres now have copies of the festival brochure.
If you’d like to find out more about the range of produce created in the AONB, and how the landscape influences their creation, check out the new producer profiles on the Arnside and Silverdale AONB website: www.arnsidesilverdaleaonb.org.uk