Arnside and Silverdale Local Food Festival will be held in the Gaskell Hall at Silverdale on Saturday, July 13 from 11am to 3pm.

Stalls will include locally produced food such as bread, apple juice, preserves, ice cream, jams, pies, honey and chutneys. There will be hand-made chocolates, sauces, cordials, cheese, garden plants, and even dog treats, on sale. Fish will be forthcoming from Creative Seafoods, and there will be a huge variety of fresh fruit and veg from Grisedale's, while Burrow's Butchers shop will be open all afternoon.

There will again be a barbecue, with local sausages and veggie burgers from the RSPB and locally brewed beer from the Old School Brewery will be available, plus, tea, coffee and cakes in the pop-up cafe

After 2pm at Wolf House in Silverdale there will be pizzas, live music from local choirs and groups and a fully-stocked bar.

One of the easiest ways to reduce plastic is to use local suppliers, says organiser Martin Humphrey. He thinks the reason the festival attracts around a thousand visitors every year is not just down to a wide choice of locally-grown and produced food. “It’s also about caring for the environment. Most people are now trying to reduce single-use plastic and the food and drink at the festival mostly comes in glass bottles or paper bags."

"After all, it’s no surprise that all our stallholders are so committed to protecting our landscape, because each one is local and either lives or works within the amazing surroundings of this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty”, says Martin.

“The food we sell may come from a conservation orchard or a heritage garden or you can try delicious ice cream produced on a proper, local and traditional dairy farm. There’s lots of other things to do as well, such as free activities for the kids, prizes, a display by Yealand School, a tombola and raffle and there’s even people present to give practical and easy to follow advice on how to reduce plastic.

“Come and sample real-tasting food in a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. All the events are free and stallholders are more than willing to let you try before you buy."