Michelin Star chef, author and host of Saturday Kitchen Glynn Purnell will headline the 2024 Accrington Food Festival on Saturday 1st June (10am-4pm) alongside Netflix star Molly Robbins, who returns to compere the festival for the third year running.

Also known as “The Yummy Brummie”, Glynn started cooking professionally at the age of 14 in a hotel kitchen, he was quickly promoted and went on to discover his passion for fine dining. He went on to win the first Michelin Star in Birmingham, and owns three restaurants in the Midlands.

Glynn has also won two series of Great British Menu and hosted and appeared on Saturday Kitchen.

Organisers of the free-to-attend event, #AmazingAccrington, are delighted to welcome Glynn to the event, with the TV chef set to cook an exciting dish in the main cooking demonstration area featuring some delicious fish from Bramwells Fish on Accrington Market.

Glynn will be joined by star of Netflix’s Extreme Cake Makers, Molly Robbins, who will be returning to the event for the third year running as compere, while she will also be decorating a special commemorative cake for Hyndburn Borough Council’s 50th anniversary.

#AmazingAccrington are running a competition ahead of the food festival, which will challenge local school children to design the cake, which will then be produced and decorated by Molly.

Local chef and owner of The Crafty Fox, Paul Fox, will complete a stellar line-up on the main stage, cooking a special dish which visitors to the event can sample following the cooking demonstration.

With over 60 stalls to choose from including the extremely popular Finch Bakery, the 2024 Accrington Food Festival will also celebrate the very best of Lancashire produce including a new ‘Farm to Plate’ offering courtesy of BBC Radio Lancashire presenter, Stephen Lowe.

With continental stalls along Broadway and the Accrington Market pods outside the town hall, there will be plenty of opportunities to enjoy foods from around the world throughout the event.

Murray Dawson, Chair of #AmazingAccrington, said: “We are delighted that Glynn will be joining us for what will be an amazing celebration of food on Saturday 1st June in Accrington town centre.

“From the incredible main cooking demonstration area to over 60 food stalls, there is going to be something for everyone at this year’s festival.”

Glynn Purnell, said: “I am so excited to be attending my first Accrington food festival. There is so much great produce in Lancashire and I am looking forward to getting my hands on some local fish and preparing a dish which everyone can enjoy.”

Paul Fox, local chef and owner of The Crafty Fox, said: “I have cooked on the main stage area for quite a few years now and the festival just seems to get better and better. I can’t wait to team up with Molly and Glynn for another memorable day!”

A Council spokesperson, said: “As part of our 50th anniversary celebrations, we are so excited to see local children creating designs for a special cake to mark the occasion. We have so many talented young people in the borough and we can’t wait to see what they come up with!”

Keep up to date with the latest updates and announcements on the event by visiting www.amazingaccrington.co.uk