2024 Festival Dates: 6 & 7 July

Amazing Street Food

From the much vaunted pizza of Streatza (‘A tremendous work of foodie art that you should seek out immediately’ according to Shortlist) to the multi-award winning ice creams of Ginger’s Comfort Emporium, this year’s festival features food to get your taste buds tingling.

Whether you’re ordering from a 1969 Citroen Van found in the South of France, a Tuk Tuk flown in from India or a bona fide garden shed, our food traders are bringing the most adjective-laden fare Blackburn has ever seen. Expect fresh, seasonal, homemade face with fresh, vibrant and creative twists. Deliquescent deserts and ferociously spiced pastries, artisanal coffee and veggie food for meat eaters.

With two extra-special foodie sites set up for the festival we’re making more of a meal of the National Festival of Making than ever. 

This year you can look forward to…

Earthworm Kitchen

Making means… creation! – Jim Rothwell

Coffee Vintage Co (A Great Leap Forward)

Making means…   going the extra 10th yard – Jonathan Bayley


Making means…    doing something yourself, from scratch, with love so that it is the best it can be – Ian Green


Making means…    the honest trade of making something with my own hands and selling it directly to you. – Claire Kelsey

The Little Red Kitchen


Making means…   innovation! -Stephen Boffey

The Allotment Kitchen

Making means  Back to the source, quality & community – Ian Green



and much, much more!



2019 Trusts & Foundations

The National Festival Of Making Delivery Team

National Festival of Making is supported by the Arts Council England, Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, Brian Mercer Trust and Foundations and Partners. This project is part-funded by the UK government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

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