Top chefs team-up for feast to celebrate record-breaking #LancashireDay

lancashire dayFOUR of Lancashire’s leading chefs teamed-up to produce an eight-course dinner at Hipping Hall in Kirkby Lonsdsale as part of this year’s record-breaking #LancashireDay social media campaign.

They were (pictured from left) Tom Parker, White Swan at Fence, Oli Martin, Hipping Hall, Chris Bury, Cartford Inn, and Matt Smith, Freemason’s at Wiswell.

Inspired by Lancashire produce, their menu featured ingredients including black pudding, Morecambe Bay cockles, grouse, Goosnargh duck and ended with Eccles cakes with truffle and blackcurrant.

“Lancashire’s really got it going on at the moment and it was great to work with fellow chefs in the county to make the most of the great produce,” said Oli Martin.

“We’re really lucky here the landscapes give us great raw ingredients to work with, like salt marsh lamb and Goosnargh duck.”

Meanwhile, figures released by Marketing Lancashire, the organisation charged with promoting the county on a national and international stage, show a reach of 74 million for #LancashireDay, beating last year’s record of 60 million.

Interactions in 1,098 locations were also recorded throughout the duration of the campaign, with people from Ottowa in Canada, to Wellington in New Zealand, across Europe, the USA, Africa and the Far East sharing messages and wishing Lancastrians everywhere a ‘Happy #LancashireDay’.

Throughout the day retweets and messages came from an array of well-known Lancastrians including TV news presenters, sporting stars Andrew Flintoff and Carl Fogarty, comedians Johnny Vegas and Jack Whitehall, West End performer Jodie Prenger, and Line of Duty actor Craig Parkinson.

Events included live readings of The Lancashire Day proclamation, pledging allegiance to Her Majesty The Queen, The Duke of Lancaster, the first Lancashire Business Day Dinner and the Taste Lancashire Feast at Hipping Hall.

There were also celebrations of Lancashire culture and heritage in libraries, visitor information centres and attractions around the county.

Ruth Connor, Chief Executive at Marketing Lancashire, said: “We are delighted that so many people engaged with #LancashireDay from public figures and organisations, to the business community and ex-pats all over the world.

“Lancashire is fast becoming the must-visit foodie destination with good reason. Lancashire Day events are all about collaboration and celebration of the best of Lancashire’s plentiful and highest quality larder.”

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