Tuck in at Chorley Food Festival

Crowds flocked to last year's Chorley Food Festival

Crowds flocked to last year's Chorley Food Festival

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Demonstrations by chefs, stalls selling food from around the world and a celebrity guest are among the attractions as Chorley Food Festival returns this weekend.

Despite the rain, last year’s event proved to be popular and led to the organisers being asked to hold other food festivals around the North West.

“The stalls have sold out and we are expecting a good turnout of people.”

Paul Wilkins, carnival committee chairman

Chorley’s second annual event will be held on Portland Street car park and it is hoped that food lovers from across the area will flock there.

It runs from 10am to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday, with demonstrations by chefs every hour on the hour.

They are celebrity chef Aazam Ahmad, who was named BBC Fusion Chef Of The Year, and local chefs Ruth Potts, of Cakes By Ruth, Kevin Bath, of The Spinners At Cowling, Ian Hartley, of The Original Farmers Arms, and Chris Jones.

Budding chefs will put their skills to the test in a schools’ cook-off at 11am on Saturday.

It will involve pupils from Holy Cross, St Michael’s, Parklands and Southlands high schools.

Judges will include the Mayor of Chorley, Coun Roy Lees, and actor Michael Parr, who plays Ross Barton in ITV1 soap Emmerdale.

There will be a host of stalls on the car park over the weekend, with traders selling food from around the globe.

They include bratwurst, churros, pulled pork, crepes, olives, chocolate, cheese, bread, burgers, fudge, jerk chicken and more.

The food festival is one of a series of events being held to raise money for Chorley Carnival, which will be held at Astley Park from Friday, June 5 to Sunday, June 7.

Paul Wilkins, carnival committee chairman, said: “The stalls have sold out and we are expecting a good turnout of people.

“There’s a varied selection of food and things on offer and the chefs are doing demonstrations on stage.”

Admission to the food festival is free.