Diary Date: Artisan food and drink event: Sunday 21st October – Ribble Valley

Artisan food and drink producers are being sought for an autumn food festival supporting Rosemere Cancer Foundation.

The event is planned for Sunday, 21st October, from 10 am to 4 pm at the Ribble Valley’s The Inn at Whitewell.

Organisers want the festival to be a celebration of food and drink from the region and they can accommodate up to a maximum of 21 exhibitor stalls.

Exhibitors will pay £25 per pitch, which includes a donation to Rosemere Cancer Foundation. Rather than pay an entry fee, visitors to the festival will also be asked to make a donation to the charity, which works to bring world class cancer treatments and services to cancer patients from throughout Lancashire and South Cumbria.

Mobile drinks company Copa Fizz, which offers customers locally distilled gin, is one of the businesses involved in the fair’s organisation and will also be showcasing its offering. In January of this year, its founder and proprietor Gillian Bartlett lost her friend and business partner Louise McParland to a rare form of lung cancer. Louise was aged just 41, a mum-of-two and a lifelong non smoker.

Gillian, who organised a springtime fundraising celebration of Louise’s life for Rosemere Cancer Foundation, said: “The year on year success of the Clitheroe Food Festival is evidence of the Ribble Valley’s appetite for food events as is the area’s promotion of itself as a tourist destination based on its food producers, food outlets, restaurants and dining pubs.

“The Inn at Whitewell has an excellent food and drink reputation so to have it as the Food & Drink Fair’s venue is fantastic and augers well for attracting visitors. My hope is that we will achieve our stand capacity to make the fair the best it can be for traders and visitors alike and at the same time, raise as much money as possible for Rosemere Cancer Foundation as I know first hand the brilliant work it does to support local cancer patients through their treatment journey.”

To register interest in exhibiting, potential stand holders are asked to visit booking website www.eventowl.co.uk

The company belongs to the Ribble Valley’s Julie Whalley, who is donating time spent on the Food & Drink Fair free of charge.

Rosemere Cancer Foundation works to bring world class cancer treatments and services to cancer patients being treated at Rosemere Cancer Centre, the region’s specialist cancer treatment centre at the Royal Preston Hospital, and also at another eight local hospitals including the Royal Blackburn and Burnley General Teaching Hospitals. It funds vital equipment, research, training and other cancer services that are beyond limited NHS resources.

For further information on Rosemere Cancer Foundation and its work, including how to make a donation, visit www.rosemere.org.uk