Food festival enticed family to promenade

Mick Dennison. Pub Landlord. York Hotel, Morecambe.
Mick Dennison. Pub Landlord. York Hotel, Morecambe.

Eric and Ernie sang Bring me Sunshine, the perfect accompaniment for a trip to an outdoor food festival – however, we are in Morecambe.

It takes a lot to lure me away from the bar on a blustery Sunday afternoon but the thought of some mouth watering treats was enough to load the family up into the car and toddle along to the promenade.

I do suggest next year the organisers of the food and drink festival consult the tide tables as it was blowing a hooley with the tide on the way out. Mind you, that wind did blow some great food aromas towards the advancing crowds – that got the stomach rumbling.

After walking round every stall it was definitely the wild boar burger for me, not something you see every day on the prom. For the wife and daughter it was Thai, made in front of them and very tasty by the way. Churros from Spain and olives from Italy completed our international feast.

Adding a bit of theatre to the occasion was the cooking demonstrations led by celebrity chef Aazam Ahmad where he fused English with Far Eastern styles.

The event is organised by Lancashire Food Festivals setting up in Chorley, Blackburn Preston, Burnley and Ormskirk throughout the summer months, a great concept but where were our truly local exhibitors?

The only local face I could see was Brian Bromiley, the mainstay of the outdoor event caterers in the town.

He was manning the coffee and cake stand so it would have been rude not to have purchased something from him – the flapjacks were great.

He did admit the wind was slightly taking the edge off the Sunday but conditions on the Saturday had been better.

Call me a cynic but if only the traders in the Festival Market would move out for a couple of days the foodies could set up in there and maybe attract more people in a less inclement environment.

As for me, I continue to search out somewhere that is serving locally caught and brilliantly cooked sea food.