Bumper year for finalists in Events and Taste Lancashire Producer categories of #LTA23

21 September 2023

Today, Marketing Lancashire, organisers of Lancashire’s county-wide awards for tourism and hospitality businesses, announced another raft of finalists in what have turned out to be three of this year’s most popular categories of the Lancashire Tourism Awards 2023.

The annual awards recognise the success and achievements of Lancashire’s tourism and hospitality businesses in a wide range of categories, with the Small Event, Large Event and Taste Lancashire Producer having had a few extra weeks to complete their applications, in order to deliver a summer of unforgettable and spectacular events.

Vikki Harris, Marketing Lancashire Director of Marketing and Partnerships said “After a successful and busy summer of great days out, food, drink and music festivals, as well as some of the country’s leading creative, making and participatory festivals, we are thrilled to name the finalists in three of this year’s most hotly contested categories.

“The categories of small and large events and Taste Lancashire Producer, had a little extra time to complete their applications, to enable them to compete in this year’s competition.  As a result, we have been rewarded with an impressive list of finalists that truly reflects Lancashire’s wonderfully diverse visitor offer, during the main summer holiday period. They now go forward with all the other finalists to the judging stage of the Lancashire Tourism Awards and we wish them all the very best of luck.”

The finalists announced today are as follows:

Dinofest 2023 – Ginny Koppenhol

Taste Lancashire Producer

Crave Marinades, Preston

Fairham Distillery, Penwortham

Lone Wolf Bakery, Morecambe

Lucela’s, Bispham

Mr Fitzpatrick’s, Rawtenstall

Sandgrown Spirits, Lytham


National Festival of Making

Large Event (15,000+ visitors)

Amazing Accrington Soapbox Challenge 2023

Festa Italia, Lancaster

National Festival of Making, Blackburn.

The Great British R&B Festival, Colne

Vintage by the Sea, Morecambe


International star Toby Lee at the Great British R&B Festival 2023

Small Event (less than 15,000 visitors)

Chorley Live

Chorley 10K

Chorley Flower Show

Coronation Event, Nelson

Darwen Live

Dino Fest, Lancaster

Music in the Park, Leyland

Myerscough College & University Country Fair

Nestival Gin Festival, Brindle Distillery, Chorley

Stonyhurst Experience – Summer Sports Camps, Hurst Green

Spooks, Thornton Hall Country Park, Thornton in Craven


Only one category now remains open for applications, the Hospitality & Tourism Student of the Year award, which closes on Tuesday 10 October. This award is open to any individual studying a hospitality or tourism-related course who demonstrates exceptional commitment to a career in hospitality or tourism.

The finalists in the category of Unsung Hero will be announced shortly.  This special award recognises an individual working in a tourism business who excels in their role and deserves to be applauded for their work and commitment to the industry.  Colleagues and industry partners across the sector have nominated unsung heroes for the award which is now being shortlisted.

For the full list of finalists to date and the application form for Hospitality & Tourism Student of the Year go to LancashireTourismAwards.com

The Lancashire Tourism Awards 2023 ceremony, announcing all the winners,  will take place at King Georges Hall in Blackburn on Tuesday 6 February 2024, with Headline Sponsor University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) and Destination Sponsor Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council.

Supporters and sponsors of this year’s Lancashire Tourism Awards include: Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, Blackpool & The Fylde College, Burnley FC Conferences and Events, Creative Venue Stylist, DFC, Harrison Drury Solicitors, Insight6, Lancashire Business View, Lancaster University Management School, Links Signs and Graphics, Northern Print Distribution Ltd, The Centre For Family Business at Lancaster University, The Pentland Centre for Sustainability in Business, Total Foodservice and University of Central Lancashire.


For the latest #LTA23 news go to LancashireTourismAwards.com and follow on @MarketingLancs on Twitter. If you are interested in sponsoring or supporting the Lancashire Tourism Awards 2023 email Maria Moriarty-Eames [email protected]

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