Chorley food festival back in town

FESTIVAL FUN: Steve Dunn of Street Food NW, at last year's event
FESTIVAL FUN: Steve Dunn of Street Food NW, at last year's event

German bratwurst and Spanish churros will be among the tempting dishes on offer as Chorley Food Festival returns this weekend.

There will be a host of stalls on Portland Street car park, in Chorley town centre, with traders selling food from around the globe.

Also available for food lovers will be pulled pork, crepes, olives, chocolate, cheese, bread, burgers, fudge, jerk chicken and more.

It will be the town’s second annual food festival, following the success of the inaugural event.

Despite rain, crowds flocked to last year’s event and it led to the organisers being asked to hold other food festivals around the North West.

The festival runs from 10am to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday, with demonstrations by chefs every 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 in Chorley.

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

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

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.”