Taste Lancashire heading to Festival of Making

Taste Lancashire is to hold its largest food and drinks market to date at Blackburn's Festival of Making on June 15 and 16.

The marquee, on King William Street, will feature locally produced gins, fruit drinks, vintage cordials, artisan cakes, bakes and chocolates, tempting chutneys and preserves. The producers will also be hand to share behind-the-scenes stories of production, ingredients and quality awards.

Rachel McQueen, chief executive of Marketing Lancashire, said: “Taste Lancashire champions locally made produce, the people who make it and the wonderful array of places it can be enjoyed. From incredible producers, delightful delis and fabulous farm shops, to some of the county’s most celebrated gastro pubs and restaurants, we believe Lancashire is England’s tastiest county.

“Some of the best produce in the world is made here in Lancashire and for that to continue we need to support our local producers, retailers, pubs and restaurants throughout the year.

"We’re delighted and proud to be able to present our collection of some of the county’s best producers and retailers, offering a slice of Lancashire’s wonderful food and drink scene, in this year’s National Festival of Making and look forward to seeing visitors leaving the Taste Lancashire marquee with bags full of delicious artisan, homemade and locally brewed purchases.”

We believe Lancashire is England’s tastiest county.

Gins from distillers Batch Gin, Black Power Gin and Brindle Distillery, home of Cuckoo Gin - all winners of international accolades - will be on sale. Tinker Brook First Edition Gin from new gin maker Hoyle Bottom Spirits of Accrington will also make its debut.

Producers from across the county also attending include award-winning chocolates from Cedar Farm-based Choc Amor, flavoured oils from Wignalls Yallo in Standish, craft beers and ales from Bowland Brewery, flavoured butters from Our Paula’s in Chorley, chutneys from Bacup’s Heritage Kitchen Preserves, as well as vintage cordials from Mr Fitzpatricks and healthy sauces from Nowt Poncy both based n Rossendale.

Free food and drink 'meet the producer' talks in a Taste Lancashire Chatty Café will include talks from The Bee Centre, Wignall’s Yallo, Calyx Drinks and Black Powder Gin. 

Curated by Marketing Lancashire, the Taste Lancashire food and drink marquee and producer talks are part of the organisation’s Taste Lancashire campaign to raise the profile of the county as a must-visit food and drink destination and to further boost the county’s more than 67 million annual visitors.

The Taste Lancashire Market is open from 11pm - 6pm Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 June, King William Street, Blackburn. Talks will take place 12noon, 2pm and 3pm each day.