Step into town for a stroll around the world’s cuisine

Hebden Bridge Food and Drink Festival  organisors Amy Leader and Jason Elliott
Hebden Bridge Food and Drink Festival organisors Amy Leader and Jason Elliott

Stepping through Hebden Bridge town centre this weekend will be like a stroll around the world as you are invited to try out food and drink from a host of cultures.

Collectively, they make up the spring Hebden Bridge Food and Drink Festival, which runs from 10am to 7pm on Saturday, April 27, and from 10am to 4pm on Sunday, April 28, when Lees Yard and Bridge Gate will be full of tempting aromas.

Amy Leader, of the organising team, said they hoped the tantalising aromas would encourage people to make a beeline for Hebden Bridge town centre and having their tastebuds tempted, to dig in or explore further at the street markets, with some businesses offering tasting sessions!

“This is a really exciting opportunity for people to be in Hebden Bridge, experiencing the tastes of the world.

“We invite everyone to come along and give it a go.

“The food people will bring is from all over the world, but predominantly the businesses are from local areas, from the Calder Valley, Calderdale, or Yorkshire,” she said.

To give some idea of the flavour of the event, drinks range from those served at a Cuban cocktail bar to fresh juices from Juice Guru, a cider bar, and also a range of products from the Real Cider Company, which is at the old parcel office at Hebden Bridge Railway Station and will be holding a tasting session from 2pm to 4pm on the Sunday.

Authentic Spanish paellas will be cooked in the street, there will be Mexican street food, and a Turkish barbecue.

Local rare breed pork will be showcased alongside tapas, pulled pork, wood fired pizza, Parisian macarons, Italian dishes and produce from a new baking co-operative.

Indian food, cheese, jams, chutneys, pickles, rump steak burgers, pies and olives are some of the other goodies to be showcased.

Companies taking part include local companies like Ispice, the Bakehouse and Porcus and others who will be there include Lulabelle, Juice Guru, Levanter, Fired Fodder, Medici Macarons and El Kantina.

After the resounding success of last October’s inaugural Hebden Bridge Food and Drink Festival, the organisers decided to split it this year into two intense weekends, one in the spring and another to follow in the autumn.

When the festival was announced a few weeks ago, co-organiser Jason said the spring event would focus on street food, with a bigger festival in October when harvest is in abundance and celebration of local, seasonal food is in full swing.

The aim is that both festivals will become a part of the calendar in the upper Calder Valley and beyond - another opportunity for local people to enjoy an event on their doorstep and one which will attract vistors from a far wider area to see what the town has to offer.

The desire is to help stimulate the local economy in ways that are long-lasting and practical.