Pontefract Liquorice Festival returns for 19th year

Date: 04/06/2014
Ref: PR 4584

There will be all sorts of fun in Pontefract next month when the town hosts its popular annual Liquorice Festival.

Now in its 19th year, the event takes place on July 13 between 10am and 4pm in Pontefract town centre and promises lots of fun for all the family.

It includes over 70 market stalls offering a variety of crafts, goods, produce and liquorice goodies. There will be a host of street entertainment provided by Lucy Liquorice, the Liquorice Ladies and balloon-modelling stilt walkers.

There will also be opportunities to join in a range of family workshops including liquorice jewellery making, sweetie-themed puppet making, sand art and face painting.

Cllr David Dagger, Cabinet Member for Culture, Sport and Libraries, said: "This year's festival is sure to be a sweet success with the range of fun activities and entertainment planned for all the family. So pop the date in your diary and join us to celebrate all things liquorice."

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 contact Wakefield Visitor Centre on 0845 601 8353 or visit www.wakefield.gov.uk/plf