Food lovers enjoy the full flavour of the festival

Photo Neil Cross'Chorley Food Festival on the Portland Street car park, Chorley'Rebekah Ramsaey of the Bavarian Caterers
Photo Neil Cross'Chorley Food Festival on the Portland Street car park, Chorley'Rebekah Ramsaey of the Bavarian Caterers

Mouth-watering dishes from around the world tempted hungry visitors to the second annual Chorley Food Festival.

Portland Street car park, in Chorley town centre, came alive at the weekend as traders set up their stalls offering a range of dishes, including paella, bratwurst, churros and traditional meat and potato pie.

Well-known chefs shared their culinary skills, with demonstrations every hour over the weekend.

They were 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.

The Mayor and Mayoress of Chorley, Coun Roy Lees and newly-elected Coun Margaret Lees, also joined in the celebration of food.

They judged a cook-off involving pupils from St Michael’s and Holy Cross high schools and declared the schools to be joint winners.

Actor Michael Parr, who plays Ross Barton in soap Emmerdale, was a special guest and spent time meeting fans on Saturday.

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

Organisers have not yet calculated how much money was raised, but hope to have a total in the coming days.

Paul Wilkins, chairman of Chorley Carnival’s committee, said: “We had a good crowd. There was plenty going on and plenty of food and the rain
kept off.”

He added: “It seemed as busy as last year and there were plenty of people there.

“It was really busy on Saturday.”