Appetite grows for debut Darwen food festival

It is hope Darwen’s food festival will be as popular as the one in Clitheroe

It is hope Darwen’s food festival will be as popular as the one in Clitheroe

First published in News Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

DARWEN is to hold its first food festival later this year.

The event, being organised by the town council, is scheduled for Saturday, October 4, and Coun Brian Taylor has been given a £2,500 budget to showcase the culinary delights Darwen has to offer.

It is hoped there will be cooking demonstrations by the town’s top chefs, stalls from Darwen’s best producers and children’s rides to make the event fun for all the family.

Entry will be free, but stallholders will be charged a small amount to help fund the event.

Coun Taylor said: “Carlo Ricioppo, who runs Deli Carlo at the market, had the idea and he approached me in the street one day. I asked around to see if it was do-able and it just grew from there.

“Carlo sent me a list this week and there are at least 20 firms in Darwen we can approach. I was shocked. I did not realise there were so many food producers in Darwen.

“We have these firms in Darwen and we want to get them out there.”

Coun Taylor said he had written to the best restaurants in the town to try to get them involved.

He said: “We have approached restaurants such as the Whitehall Hotel and Astley Bank, and the local Indian and Italian restaurants.

“We want them to give cookery demonstrations using food sourced in Darwen. We will have stalls as well and there will be rides for the children.

“It will be a full family event and it will be free for the public.”

Coun Taylor said he wanted to see the event thrive and grow in the future.

He said: “These events, like the one in Clitheroe, are massive now.

“We are starting off small but we want to develop it.

“This is just another thing to get people into the town and try to support businesses in Darwen.”

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6:58pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Oldmanofthemountains says...

Cncllr Taylor: "I did not realise there were so many food producers in Darwen."

How long has he been a councillor?
Cncllr Taylor: "I did not realise there were so many food producers in Darwen." How long has he been a councillor? Oldmanofthemountains
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9:06pm Fri 15 Aug 14

EDL make me laugh says...

He's too busy claiming expenses
He's too busy claiming expenses EDL make me laugh
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12:04am Sat 16 Aug 14

noddy57 says...

They should hold a food bank festival. l,m sure there would be a big response.
They should hold a food bank festival. l,m sure there would be a big response. noddy57
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6:31pm Sat 16 Aug 14

dinger123 says...

Should be intresting, Kebabs,Pizzas, cheap fried chicken with all our takeaways in the town.
Cant see it being a touch on Clitheroe food festival.
Blackburn are thinking have one too halal stores and anti Israeli stores.
Should be intresting, Kebabs,Pizzas, cheap fried chicken with all our takeaways in the town. Cant see it being a touch on Clitheroe food festival. Blackburn are thinking have one too halal stores and anti Israeli stores. dinger123
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6:30pm Sun 17 Aug 14

abetterblackburn says...

A Blackburn with Darwen Food Festival - Is it April already?

When I was a lad - There was nothing better than a bag of fish and chips on the way home in the evening. Are there any good traditional fish and chip shops left in Blackburn with Darwen?
A Blackburn with Darwen Food Festival - Is it April already? When I was a lad - There was nothing better than a bag of fish and chips on the way home in the evening. Are there any good traditional fish and chip shops left in Blackburn with Darwen? abetterblackburn
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11:31am Tue 19 Aug 14

Dancer2 says...

Great idea - looking forward to it.
Great idea - looking forward to it. Dancer2
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4:03pm Wed 20 Aug 14

We'll win the next one says...

abetterblackburn wrote:
A Blackburn with Darwen Food Festival - Is it April already? When I was a lad - There was nothing better than a bag of fish and chips on the way home in the evening. Are there any good traditional fish and chip shops left in Blackburn with Darwen?
Unfortunately it would seem not.
[quote][p][bold]abetterblackburn[/bold] wrote: A Blackburn with Darwen Food Festival - Is it April already? When I was a lad - There was nothing better than a bag of fish and chips on the way home in the evening. Are there any good traditional fish and chip shops left in Blackburn with Darwen?[/p][/quote]Unfortunately it would seem not. We'll win the next one
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