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Thursday, 24 July 2014

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Call for help to bring Foodie Fest back to Barrow

HELP is being sought to bring back a food festival which attracted more than 20,000 people and delivered a huge feel-good factor.

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SUCCESS Last year’s Foodie Festharry atkinson

The first ever Barrow Foodie Fest was a runaway success when it was held in the town centre over two days in June last year.

Organised by Barrow Borough Council and Barrow Traders Association, the culinary celebration featured more than 50 stalls and demonstrations from star chefs including Jean-Christophe Novelli and Simon Rimmer.

The council, hamstrung by funding cuts, is unable to provide any financial backing this year. But traders’ association chairman Stuart Groundwater is desperate to make it an annual event and hold it over two or three days later this year, in addition to spin-offs.

He said the festival was well received by residents and visitors and would love to encourage even more local exhibitors to showcase local food and add a more “cultural element” to the area.

Mr Groundwater said: “Foodie Fest is a great event and we want it to be a permanent feature in our town, having offspring events happen throughout the year.

“We have so much to offer in the food sector. It is imperative our area has more events like this to add culture. We as an area are big enough to be able to harness an event like this and build on its successes year-on-year. People looking to invest and live in our area will look at events like this as qualifiers in making decisions, so it is important for us to show them what we can do.”

Mr Groundwater said the aim this year would be to focus the event in a more central location, with entertainment at the foot of every street.

In an appeal for manpower and sponsorship support from individuals, organisations and businesses, he said: “We’re looking for all types of skill sets to make this wonderful event happen on an annual basis. It would not demand a lot of time.

“Skill sets could include stewards, accounting, administration, artistic performers, website skills, social media, media, coordinators and managers. If people register their interests, then we can fit all in with their lives and skill set.”

Email info@foodiefest.co.uk to register an interest.

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