A variety of tasty recipes from around the world will be produced on the main stage at the 2023 Accrington Food and Culture Festival, taking place on Saturday 3rd June from 10am-4pm.

TV and Netflix star Molly Robbins will perform her incredible cake decorating skills, Paul Fox of The Crafty Fox will wow the crowds with two recipes, one Asian and one Mexican-inspired, while North Lancs Training Group Hospitality Tutor, Mark Chapman, will be producing a tasty, cost-effective penne pasta dish.

The live cooking demonstrations will take place at 10:30am (Molly Robbins), 11:30am (North Lancs Training Group), 2:30pm (Paul Fox) and 3pm (Molly Robbins).

Award-winning cake artist Molly, who appeared on Netflix show ‘Extreme Cake Makers’ will take part in two live cooking demonstrations (10:30am and 3pm) where she will decorate both an animal cake and a cookie pizza.

At 11:30am, main sponsors of the event, North Lancs Training Group, will prepare a penne pasta dish with a traditional Italian tomato sauce, as well as showcasing how exciting it can be to work in the hospitality and catering industry, with NLTG providing a vast number of Apprenticeship vacancies including Chef, Commis Chef, Hospitality Team Member and many more.

Following the spectacular war re-enactment in the grounds of St James’ Church (1pm), the Spitfire flypast at 1:40pm and a fantastic giveaway of Hershey bars and parachute men courtesy of Pendle Hill Properties (2pm), attention will return to the main stage.

At 2:30pm Paul Fox, owner of The Crafty Fox on Abbey Street in Accrington, will be back on the main stage following his extremely popular appearance in 2022.

This time around Mr Fox will be cooking two recipes. First up will be a delicious chicken tikka naan with mango chutney, mint yoghurt (raita), white cabbage marinated in lime and shredded lettuce, topped with micro coriander. Alongside that will be a Mexican-style steak and king prawn wrap with homemade guacamole, salsa, sour cream and cheddar cheese.

Paul Fox, owner of The Crafty Fox, said: “I had a fantastic time on the main stage in 2022 and I can’t wait to be back with Molly and the guys from North Lancs Training Group.

“I will be cooking a chicken tikka naan and a steak and king prawn wrap. They are our two biggest selling dishes on the menu at The Crafty Fox, they can both be cooked at home on the barbecue and it is a fantastic surf n turf dish, perfect for the summer.”

Molly Robbins, award-winning cake artist, said: “Following an incredible event in 2022, I was so excited to be asked back to not only compere the main stage again this year, but also to do what I love and showcase how to decorate two of my favourite cakes. I can’t wait and look forward to meeting everyone down there on the day!”

Mark Chapman, Hospitality Tutor at NLTG, said: “I will be preparing a penne pasta with a traditional Italian tomato sauce, demonstrating how versatile and cost effective it can be made from scratch, compared with a brand sauce, as well as garlic bread, ciabatta and a variety of sauces from the tomato base.”

Organisers #AmazingAccrington are also inviting visitors to attend the festival in 1940’s dress, as they look to create a fantastic 1940’s scene as part of their war re-enactment and D-Day commemorations.

For more updates on the 2023 Accrington Food & Culture Festival, visithttps://www.amazingaccrington.co.uk/