Thousands enjoy first Horsforth Food and Drink Festival

Melanie Dean and Andrea Olsen taste some paella at Horsforth food and drink festival. Picture: Anna Gowthorpe

Melanie Dean and Andrea Olsen taste some paella at Horsforth food and drink festival. Picture: Anna Gowthorpe

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Visitors to Hall Park had the chance to sample cuisine from the four corners of the globe without leaving LS18 this weekend as the first ever Horsforth Food and Drink festival got underway.

Designed to showcase world foods, the event was home to more than 50 producers and thousands of visitors.

Visitors look at the stalls on display at Horsforth food and drink festival. Picture: Anna Gowthorpe

Visitors look at the stalls on display at Horsforth food and drink festival. Picture: Anna Gowthorpe

An array of hot street food traders, the two day festival buzzed with live music throughout, even when inclement weather arrived on Sunday.

An emphasis was placed on making it a family event, with children’s cookery classes and free children’s entertainment, as well as the usual funfair.

Real ale and speciality bars proved popular and by lunchtime on the Saturday a steady crowd of several hundred had entered, relaxing on deck chairs with Prosecco, craft beer or Pimms.

Free wine and beer tasting sessions were available throughout both of the days with visitors able to see just how refined their pallets were.

People relax in deck chairs at Horsforth food and drink festival. Picture: Anna Gowthorpe

People relax in deck chairs at Horsforth food and drink festival. Picture: Anna Gowthorpe

Perhaps the highlight came in the shape of the a Man versus Food Festival challenge each day.

Not for the faint hearted but absolutely brilliant to watch they saw brave and hungry souls see how much pizza they could eat in one sitting.

Among those enjoying the day was James Randall and his wife Emily, both from Horsforth.

Mr Randall said: “It was a great idea from the outset. I would never have had the opportunity to eat curry from the Ivory Coast had I not come here today.

Melanie Dean and Andrea Olsen taste some paella at Horsforth food and drink festival. Picture: Anna Gowthorpe

Melanie Dean and Andrea Olsen taste some paella at Horsforth food and drink festival. Picture: Anna Gowthorpe

“The music was good too, and the weather has definitely helped make it. I will certainly be back next year if they organise it again. Just look how busy it has been.”

His wife added: “It’s like a mixture of a music festival and a really cool farmers’ market.

“I have picked up some nice bread from a local bread co-op that I did not even know existed.”

Among the musical highlights were Goodnight Dakota, who hailed their performance as the biggest gig in the world happening in Horsforth this weekend.

A junior cookery class takes place at Horsforth food and drink festival. Picture: Anna Gowthorpe

A junior cookery class takes place at Horsforth food and drink festival. Picture: Anna Gowthorpe

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