A new project in 2018 focused on making food and the role it plays in our environment, health & wellbeing….and our pocket! Cracking Good Food and The Bureau Centre for the Arts teamed up with the local community with a project aimed at developing a better understanding of healthy and economical cooking. 2000 people visited the Bureau for this mass healthy cooking session and hundreds of those ate for free at the festival. The project used 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.
In 2019, the project was expanded with community cooking classes taking place in the lead up to the festival supported by Great Place Housing Group. Some of those that took part in the classes then went on to help deliver outdoor cookery lessons with Cracking Good Food across the festival weekend, passing on the knowledge and cooking and eating with hundreds of festival goers!
A recipe book was also made and distributed to anyone who took part in the sessions and in Blackburn Market on the produce stalls, we’ve provided a link to a downloadable copy below. The following pages will give you information, advice, recipes and tips to help you prepare, cook and eat fresh, healthy and homemade food. The Blackburn community along with Cracking Good Food have helped to provide recipes for this booklet, and we encourage you to shop local and buy your food from your nearby markets, putting money back into your local economy!