2024 Festival Dates: 6 & 7 July

Less Waste : More Taste

Get stuck in with the award-winning Cracking Good Food team and cook up a festival feast-for-all.

They’re back! We invite you to an extra-special cook up – learn how to get the best from healthy ingredients and cook up taste sensations that won’t break the bank with our sustainability experts Cracking Good Food.

Learn top tips on: 

  • How to avoid food waste
  • How to transform dinners with distinguished flavours
  • How to add your own magical imagination to meals!

They’ll be plenty of food to go round and you can walk away at the end of the day with an armful of healthy ingredients and wholesome recipe.

After you’ve cooked join the ‘Feast!’

Creative eating and meeting space

With funding from a  Near Neighbours grant, The Bureau will be holding three community FEASTs over the coming months, and the first one will be on this weekend for the Festival of Making in our outdoor creative dining area! Our ‘Feasts!’ are shared meals for the communities of Blackburn to come together, eat, talk and meet new people. Eat your freshly cooked meals, bring some home cooked dishes to share or just come and join us in conversation and fun.
Meet new neighbours, make new friends, find out about the people you share the town with, dress up in the photo-booth,  join in with the fun and games at our outdoor eating area, hang out and listen to the sounds from our People’s Platform, or book a slot to play, sing, or perform! The world is full of friends you haven’t met yet!

The project will use food provided by Fareshare, a company licensed to safely distribute food discarded by supermarkets, highlighting issues around food waste and low income families managing budgets.

Join us on a journey of cooking & eating good tasty affordable food together. Delicious!




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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