In this week’s local food column, Tom Fyson from LESS talks about Lancashire Day.
This Friday, the 27th November, is Lancashire Day; a day that commemorates the moment in 1295 when the first elected representatives from Lancashire were called to Westminster by King Edward I to attend what later became known as “The Model Parliament”. It is a day when we should all be proud to be Lancastrians and make an effort to enjoy the wealth of culture and history in the area. This year on Lancashire Day events will be taking place across the County to celebrate ‘Lancashire – Where life feels good!’
What better way to celebrate than sampling some delicious locally produced food and drink, supporting local businesses in the process? This could be local organically grown vegetables, locally reared salt marsh lamb, or traditional local cheeses such as Beacon Fell Traditional Lancashire. You could visit your local baker for tempting bread and cakes or treat yourself with a meal out at one of our numerous local cafes or restaurants.
If you really want to celebrate Lancashire Day in style than there’s no better way than to cook up a traditional Lancashire Hotpot. With locally grown potatoes and onions and locally reared lamb you can make sure this is a genuine Lancashire dish. If you are vegetarian you could consider a Lancashire Butter Pie – a traditional local delicacy customarily served on a Friday to comply with the catholic rule of not eating meat that day.
If you’re not sure where to find local produce you can look online at the Lancaster’s Local Food and Drink Directory. With around 200 listings it will help you to source whatever you are looking for. You can discover how to order weekly deliveries of fresh local produce, find local caterers or trade suppliers and even find out about community projects where you can forage for your own food for free.
If your favourite local food producer or supplier isn’t listed, just let us know on firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01524 66100. We’ll be happy to add them. Also, get in touch if you own your own local food business and aren’t included. All listings are free of charge and can help you find new customers.
It would be great to hear about the dishes you create. Email with your own Lancashire recipes and the stories behind them or tweet a photo of the meal you enjoy on Lancashire Day.