Taste of Leyland 2017

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The sun shone as more than 1,000 people flocked the annual Taste of Leyland food festival this weekend.

The town’s third annual culinary took visitors on a round-the-world tour, embracing everything from Japanese and Cantonese cuisine through to dishes from India and Mexico as well as a mobile pizza kitchen.

Highlights of the day included a gigantic pot of chilli, cooked by the team at The Mill, St Catherine’s Park and a stall selling authentic Syrian food, run by two families re-homed in Leyland.

The sunshine and crowds led to a party atmosphere, with crowds packing out Balfour Court, behind Leyland Market, to sample good food and listen to live music by local artists.

There was a chance to taste a bespoke beer too, Truck Trail Ale, which was specially brewed by Crankshaft Brewery on Moss Side Industrial Estate, to mark the success of its namesake.

The pale brew, which was also a celebration of owner Haydn Williams’s business’s first birthday - is now being sold in The Market Ale House.

The event saw Balfour Court and Leyland Market transformed into a food court, with stalls and seating where visitors enjoyed lunch, snacks and tastings from 10am to 4pm.

As well as showcasing Leyland’s food and drink producers and retailers, including the town’s newest businesses, Safia’s Dream Desserts and Sakura Valley, the day offered children’s entertainment, face painting, singing, and recipe ideas.

Leyland Town Team hosted a ‘Shop Local’ tombola stall to raise money for the Christmas Light-Up Leyland campaign.

Councillor Phil Smith, Cabinet Member of Regeneration and Leisure, said: “What better way to spend the Bank Holiday than sampling the great tastes that we have on offer in Leyland?
“This year we had the added bonus of the Truck Trail, which offered the perfect way to work up an appetite.

“We’re very lucky here in Leyland to have such diversity when it comes to food – from locally grown ingredients and hand-made products to quality food retailers and great restaurants.”