Pontefract Liquorice Festival - a real sweet treat

Date: 21/06/2016
Ref: PR 8262
The summer turns sweet on Sunday 10 July when the annual Pontefract Liquorice Festival hits the town.

The hugely popular event, which turns 21 this year, returns with a whole host of sweet treats and entertainment fun for all the family.

The event takes place across the town centre from 10 am – 4 pm, with activities including a liquorice jewellery making workshop, face painting, balloon modelling, street entertainment, sweetshop clowns and allsorts stilt walkers.

This year's festival is sponsored by Tangerine. At the event, there will be over 80 market stalls offering food, drink and crafts. Unusual liquorice products will also be available, which this year include liquorice beer, pies, toffee, fudge, tea, cupcakes and chutneys.

Cllr Les Shaw, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport, said: “Come and join us in Pontefract to celebrate all things liquorice.

“Our town has a unique association with liquorice and this is a great opportunity to enjoy Pontefract at its best. I am sure it will be a real sweet treat for all the family.”

The festival, believed to be the only one of its kind in the world, celebrates Pontefract’s historic association with this Middle Eastern plant.

It is thought it may have originally been brought to the town during the Crusades by a member of the De Lacy family who built Pontefract Castle. Another theory is that it was brought by Benedictine monks in 1090.

First used for medicinal purposes, it became the favourite of many a sweet lover when the famous Pomfret (Pontefract) cakes were produced.

For more information visit www.wakefield.gov.uk/plf

People can share their photos on the day on Facebook www.facebook.com/eventsinwakefield and on Twitter using the hashtag #liquoricefest