Pontefract Liquorice Festival – all sorts of fun

​Date: 04/07/2016

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All sorts of family fun will be on offer at the Pontefract Liquorice Festival which celebrates the sweet treat on Sunday 10 July.

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

Over 80 market stalls will offer 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: "The Festival is now in its 21st year and we are looking forward to again welcoming the district's residents and visitors to celebrate our heritage

 "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 great day out for all the family."

The festival, sponsored by Tangerine, celebrates Pontefract's historic association with the 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 contact 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