Crowds braved rain for first food festival

Thousands of people tucked into zebra burgers, hog roast, crepes and churros at the first Chorley Food Festival.

Despite the pouring rain, the Flat Iron car park was a hive of activity all weekend as visitors browsed more than 60 stalls selling food from around the globe.

Kelly Barlow, of Kelly's Kitchen, at Chorley Food Festival

Kelly Barlow, of Kelly's Kitchen, at Chorley Food Festival

The festival was officially opened on Saturday by the Mayor of Chorley, Coun John Walker, who then judged a cook-off competition for high school pupils.

The winner was Chantel Calvert, from Southlands High School.

The weekend included appearances by BBC Fusion Chef of the Year, Aazam Ahmed, as well as local chefs.

Entertainment included performances by dancers from Gillies Mar-Jan Stage School, singers and musicians.

There were also fairground rides, a bar, competitions and other attractions.

The festival was organised by the team behind Chorley Carnival.

Chairman, Paul Wilkins, said: “It was a good weekend. We have not done the sums yet, but 99.9 per cent of people have said positive things.

“I can’t believe how many people stayed when it was raining.”

Meetings will now be held to discuss whether the food festival can become an annual event.