Rosemere food and drink fair produces a tasty return

Local artisan food and drink producers had the perfect recipe for showcasing their wares and helping Rosemere Cancer Foundation – a food and drink fair in St Theresa’s Parish Centre, Penwortham, which produced a tasty £1,500 return for the charity.

Hundreds flocked to the event, which brought together bakers, cheesemakers, butchers, farmers, brewers and distillers under the one roof. There were opportunities to taste test and buy the goodies on display and also, to enjoy a take-away lunch offered by a variety of different street food vendors.

Co-organiser and exhibitor Gillian Bartlett, of Preston mobile drinks company Copa Fizz, said: “We are thrilled the fair went so well in terms of visitor numbers and the feedback from the exhibitors. They were most appreciative of the knowledge and enthusiasm of those that came along and reported good sales.

“We held our first food and drink fair for Rosemere Cancer Foundation last year in the Ribble Valley, raising around £1,000 so to have been able to significantly up the donation we have been able to give the charity this year also means a lot to us and has helped us already make the decision that we will stage the event again next year.”

Gillian’s co-organiser is Ian Crowther, pastry chef at the iconic Inn at Whitewell in the Ribble Valley. They chose to host the event for Rosemere Cancer Foundation in tribute to Gillian’s close friend and co-founder of Copa Fizz, Louise McParland, who died aged just 41-years-old of a rare form of lung cancer last year.

Rosemere Cancer Foundation works to bring world class cancer treatments and services to cancer patients from throughout Lancashire and South Cumbria being treated at Rosemere Cancer Centre, the region’s specialist cancer treatment centre at the Royal Preston Hospital, and at another eight local hospital cancer units across the two counties, including that at Chorley & South Ribble Hospital.

The charity funds cutting edge equipment, research, training and other cancer services and therapies that the NHS is unable to afford. For further information on its work and to make a donation, visit