THE award-winning Ribble Valley Food Trail will be re-launched on October 3.
The trail features, on a dedicated map and leaflet, 34 food producers, shops and restaurants noted for top-quality food, exceptional customer service (not just service with a smile, but food served with knowledge and passion) and, more crucially, provenance: food that is produced, sourced, consumed and enjoyed locally.
The innovative project was launched by Ribble Valley Borough Council in 2008 to celebrate the borough’s remarkable recovery from the 2001 foot and mouth epidemic, enhance its reputation as a premier food destination and support Taste Lancashire 08, a year of events aimed at promoting producers, chefs and fine foods in the county.
The project won a raft of awards, critical acclaim and individual accolades for the trail’s dedicated and hardworking members.
The new-look trail features an array of wonderful foods – meat from traditional Lancashire breeds, organic milk and cheese, yoghurt and ice-cream, hand-made pies and pastries, and a feast of fruit and vegetables packed with natural flavour – as well as several nationally-renowned chefs, including Lisa Allen and Nigel Haworth, both former winners of BBC2’s “Great British Menu”, and Paul Heathcote, who received an MBE in 2009 for services to food.