The three winners of an extra special culture competition, celebrating different foods from around the world, have been announced following the 2023 Accrington Food & Culture Festival.

Over 2,000 Hyndburn primary school children were invited to take part in the competition  by event organisers #AmazingAccrington, with competition forms delivered to Year 2 and Year 3 children from 36 Hyndburn primary schools.

The children were then challenged to draw their favourite food from around the world as part of the festival which was sponsored by Hyndburn Borough Council, North Lancs Training Group, The Cardboard Box Company and Financial Affairs.

Entries into the competition had to be posted into the special competition letterbox, which was installed inside Accrington Market Hall. The amazing designs were then displayed on the day of the Food & Culture festival for members of the public to view.

Following much deliberation, the winning entries were selected by Cllr Marlene Haworth, Leader of Hyndburn Borough Council, and Accrington Market Hall’s Market Manager, Sameena King.

First place went to Felicity from Altham St James Primary School, who won a family meal at Abbey Street’s Crafty Fox; second place was taken home by Yusuf Tafel, who won a voucher for Great Harwood’s Finch Bakery; while third place was won by Asher Cheung from Peel Park Primary School, winning a voucher for Oswaldtwistle Mills.

Cllr Marlene Haworth, Leader of Hyndburn Borough Council, said: “It has been absolutely amazing, I’ve been spellbound by all the entries… the children have come up with such fantastic ideas.

“I think it is great that we include and involve the children in events like this, and it was wonderful to see the children thinking about the different foods and cultures, and we would like to say a massive well done to our three winners, but also to everyone who took part, you did amazing.”

Sameena King, Market Manager at Accrington Market, said: “It was really special to be able to display all the fantastic entries in the Market Hall. They really did encompass different foods and cultures from around the world and the competition was a fantastic addition to our wide range of culture activities here in the Market Hall.”

Over 12,000 visitors attended the 2023 Accrington Food and Culture Festival on Saturday 3rd June, with a jam packed day of free activities including live cooking demonstrations, a war re-enactment, a Spitfire flypast, food stalls showcasing the very best of Lancashire produce and continental cuisine, fairground rides, a spectacular display of flags from around the world, and much more.

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