Pontefract Liquorice Festival is taking place on July 9

30/06/2017, PR8592

​Preparations are underway for the Pontefract Liquorice Festival which celebrates the sweet treat on Sunday July 9.

Cllr Jacquie Speight  preparing for the Pontefract Liquorice Festival

​The event is taking place across the town centre from 10am – 4pm and sweet lovers can enjoy a tempting variety of liquorice food and drink while browsing 80 food, craft and gift stalls at the street market.

Dancers, musicians and street entertainers will delight the crowds throughout the day, and craft activities, face painters, fairground rides will keep children entertained.

New to this year's Festival is the Family Liquorice Trail. Visitors can collect a trail map from Pontefract Market and Library, and tour the town centre to find stickers of Henry Goode – the face of festival sponsors Tangerine Confectionery – in shop windows. Completed maps can be handed in at the Market to be entered into a prize draw.

Ahead of the event, Cllr Jacquie Speight, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport, (pictured) paid a visit Pontefract Museum which has an exhibition celebrating the town's historic association with the Middle Eastern plant.

She said: "The town has a unique association with liquorice and I am sure the festival will once again be a great day out for all the family. I'd encourage everyone to join in the fun and if you get the chance pop into the museum to find out about our sweet history."

The Festival is now in its 22nd year. It is thought liquorice 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.experiencewakefield.co.uk/liquorice

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

The Pontefract Liquorice Festival is a SmokeFree event.

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