EXPLORING the wealth of local food and produce across the Yorkshire Dales is at the heart of a new book set to be published this week.
Deliciously Dales is a brand new publication from the founders of Feast, the Gargrave based food and drink network.
New book opens up Dales food delights
Mapping food trails around the Yorkshire Dales, authors Rebecca Roberts and Sally Scantlebury spent over 12 months visiting farmers, growers and food producers to bring readers the real story behind the taste.
The book features six food trails. In the Craven area readers will be familiar with the Wharfedale Trail, the Ribblesdale Trail and the Malhamdale Trail - each takes in a range of shops and dining outlets who feature local produce and highlights some individual producers with a real passion for their profession.
Further afield, the Swaledale Trail tells the touching story of Swaledale Cheese; the Reed family were given the recipe by a lifetime resident of the area, how different the production now from the days when it was made by the Longstaff family whose home was powered by a generator, switched on each evening for the 9 o'clock news.
Many of the producers will be exhibiting at Autumn Feast on 7th and 8th October, at Skipton Auction Mart, the event is now in it's third year and Feast are delighted that Skipton Building Society are once again supporting the event, this year through the Children's cookery theatre which is a new feature for 2006.
Tickets for the event are on sale from Skipton Tourist Information Centre or the Mart Box Office.
The 72 page book, with a foreword by James Martin, who started his career in the kitchens of a stately home on the edge of the Dales, will be launched officially this week and on sale in the Local Produce Marquee at Gargrave, Malham and Kilnsey Shows.
The book, which retails at £7.99, will also be available from bookshops or direct from Feast by calling 01756 748 627.