Morecambe Festivals By The Sea 2012

18 April 2012

Marketing Lancashire will be delighted to welcome diners at the tourist board’s next Taste Lancashire Produce evening which takes place at Twelve Restaurant & Lounge Bar, Thornton Cleveleys, on Wednesday 16 May 2012.

The tourist board’s new dining events, in partnership with some of the county’s finest restaurants, help demonstrate the abundance of superb produce available across Lancashire and the creativity and talent of local chefs. Diners enjoy a locally sourced, three course dinner for £20 and get to meet and hear from one of the rural producers who has contributed to a special Taste Lancashire menu.

Award-winning 2AA Rosette restaurant Twelve, has called on organic vegetable growers Growing With Nature, to become their very own kitchen garden for the Taste Lancashire Produce event.  Diners will enjoy a delicious three-course menu featuring organic produce grown just a few miles away by Growing with Nature including wild garlic, spring cabbage and new potatoes. Twelve will also be using Trough of Bowland beef in its menu as well as local farm eggs and smoked salmon from a local fisherman.

The menu promises to be a real foodie adventure with produce being specially planted and its availability dependant on the Lancashire weather and the horticultural expertise of Alan and Debra Schofield who have been producing organic vegetables in Pilling for the last 30 years.

The couple are both founding members of the Organic Growers Alliance, have close ties with the Soil Association as well as having strong roots with the market gardeners of the Fylde coast who traditionally supplied produce for the Blackpool hotels, restaurants and cafes.

Twelve’s Chef Proprietor Paul Moss, who recently visited Growing with Nature and came back to his kitchen with an arm full of chard, said he was delighted to be working with Alan and Debra.

“Twelve has a strong tradition of using locally sourced produce, so we’re really thrilled at the prospect of cooking vegetables grown by Alan and Debra from Growing with Nature.

“The evening will be the perfect opportunity to showcase locally grown produce and offer diners a menu that embodies all the captivating sights and smells of Spring.

“Alan has planted vegetables especially for the evening, so it’s a real foodie adventure! I am keeping my fingers crossed for fresh wild garlic which we’re planning to pair with a smoked salmon and local eggs as a first course.”

Besides operating their own organic box delivery scheme which started in 1991, Growing with Nature sell their produce at the farmers market in nearby Poulton-le-Fylde and also directly from their farm.

Alan explained: “I’m passionate about eating local food, so this opportunity to work with Twelve is a great way to demonstrate how local produce always looks and tastes better and even more so in the creative hands of talented chefs like the team at Twelve.

“I’m also very pleased that Marketing Lancashire has launched this scheme to help put the county on the map for its excellent food provenance.”

To book a table for Twelve Restaurant & Lounge Bar’s Taste Lancashire Produce evening on Wednesday May 16th call 01253 82 12 12.  Early booking is advised.

As part of a new programme of activity to raise the profile of Lancashire produce, Marketing Lancashire has developed and will promote a series of these Taste Lancashire Produce evenings. The restaurants and producers will benefit directly from the income generated by consumers attending these events and through the creation, sourcing and celebration of these special Lancashire menus.  

The marketing of this event forms part of the Food Connect programme, for which Marketing Lancashire has secured funding from Defra’s Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE).  The funding is to support food tourism activities, which includes the marketing of events which bring together suppliers, chefs, restauranteurs and customers, to demonstrate the breadth of local food on offer in Lancashire and the skills that can create exciting and ‘mouth watering’ dishes.

For more information about Growing with Nature visit

For more information about Twelve Restaurant & Lounge Bar and Growing with Nature contact ICG PR. Tel 01772 679383. Julie Hackett [email protected] Mobile: 07973 196 787.


Media enquiries: Anna Izza, Communications Manager, Marketing Lancashire

on 01772 426459  or [email protected]

Notes to Editors

1. Marketing Lancashire is the new name for Lancashire and Blackpool Tourist Board (from 1st April 2012)

Our activities in marketing and communications, commercial membership, `Welcome to Excellence` training and place marketing are all designed to grow the visitor economy and develop the destination as a great place to visit, live and work.

In 2010 the Lancashire attracted 60 million visitors who contributed £3.25 billion to the local economy and helped support 55,227 jobs.

2. The Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE), for which Defra (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) is the managing authority, is part financed by the European Agricultural Fund for rural development: Europe investing in rural areas.  A priority for the RDPE is encouraging collaboration between food and tourism businesses, for the wider economic benefits that can be achieved, including employment opportunities.

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