Ripponden Food & Drink Festival 2019
On May Day, Monday 6th May, the first ever Ripponden Food & Drink Festival will be launched by the team that also organises the annual Christmas market. Located in The Old Bridge Inn car park opposite St Bartholmew’s Church and running alongside the Church’s May Day Fair, the Festival will open at 11am and will run until 4pm.
A full range of flavours to tempt the taste buds will be on offer with a chance to explore many international cuisines as well as some well-loved foodie favourites. From savoury to sweet, spicy to soothing, there will be food treats for everyone from the youngest to the older connoisseur.
Stalls attending include curries from India, Pakistan and West Africa; Thai and Malaysian food; wood-fired pizzas and venison burgers; homemade pies, freshly-baked bread, deli boards and fish finger butties – and many vegan and vegetarian alternatives too. A Ripponden firm favourite, award-winning Yorkshire Dama Cheese will also be there. For those with a sweet tooth stalls selling homemade tarts and cakes, bubble waffles, hand-iced biscuits and locally made chocolates will satisfy their cravings.
Obviously sampling all the foodie treats will make you crave a drink so we’ve stalls to quench your thirst from beer and gin, to tea and coffee and drinks for children as well.
Throughout the Festival live performances will be on-going in our ‘Buskers’ Corner’. Lots of local talent has signed up to entertain the crowds including the already well-known Archie Whitworth and Oolagh from the band ‘Caline’. Organisers are thrilled and delighted to announce that ‘The Voice’ semi-finalist Callum Butterworth, a Halifax lad, will be performing at the Festival.
All proceeds from the Festival will be donated to the Forget-me-Not hospice, the only care facility on this side of the Pennines specifically for children and their families.
St. Bart’s will also be entering into the foodie spirit serving Pimms to the adults whilst ensuring that children don’t miss out on the experience with hot dogs, crisps, sweets, ice-cream and children’s drinks. As well as this, they will have lots of stalls to entertain and browse in the Church grounds.
The family fun will continue late into the afternoon with the Church’s annual Duck Race when over 700 plastic ducks will be released along the River Ryburn. Ducks are already on sale around the village and in The Old Bridge Inn – make sure you don’t miss out on the three cash prizes – £75, £50 and £25 – and buy your £1 duck. They will also be on sale on the day when the winners will be announced after the race.