Pontefract Liquorice Festival – a real sweet treat

03/07/2018, PR8836

Cllr Jacquie Speight  preparing for the Pontefract Liquorice Festival

The countdown is on for the Pontefract Liquorice Festival which returns to the town centre this weekend, on Sunday 8 July.

The event, which celebrates the sweet treat, is taking place from 10am – 4pm and visitors can enjoy a tempting variety of food and drink while browsing over 100 food, craft and gift stalls at the street market.

Dancers, musicians and street entertainers will delight the crowds throughout the day. There’s also craft activities, face painters, a double decker bus with soft play, birds of prey handling and a climbing wall will keep children entertained.

This year’s festival has extended to include more sweet-inspired fun at Pontefract Castle, including showings of ‘Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory’ on a huge outdoor cinema screen.

Visitors can travel between the town centre and the castle on the free Liquorice Land train – featuring guest conductor, Lucy Liquorice. Or they can also use the free park and ride service.

Cllr Jacquie Speight, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport, said: “There’s all sorts of fun planned for the festival this Sunday as we celebrate Pontefract’s unique association with liquorice.

“Come along and enjoy the wide variety of entertainment and browse the colourful stalls, selling a wide variety of produce – many with a liquorice twist.

“With the lovely weather expected to carry on to the weekend, it’s shaping up to be a really great day out for all the family.”

The Festival, now in its 23rd year, is kindly sponsored by Tangerine Confectionary. It celebrates the sweet treat which is thought to 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.

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People are invited to 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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