A POPULAR community festival is retuning after three years off and is said to be bigger and better than before.

Pigfest is making a return to Barrow after three years off due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The family festival which was originally launched by Barrovian James Howden was created off the back of his local food review Instagram account ‘Pigipedia’ where he would rate resturants and takeaways in the area on his social media, which is where he got the name ‘PigFest’.

This years event held on Saturday, July 23 at Holker Old Boys will be ran by Barrow company Pitch Up Events who recently held one of Barrow’s biggest music festival and is founded by James and his two friends, Josef Jackson and James Bonner for a full festival set up.

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Excited for the return James said: “Pig Fest is something I did on my own a few years back but we haven’t had one in a while because of lockdown so the Pitch Up team are helping organise this year instead of just me by myself.

“It is usually held in a local farmers field but this year we are up at Holker Old Boys on their training pitch for a full festival set up.

“It is nowhere near as big as the Pitch Up Music Festival. It has a more family friendly, nice atmosphere with hay bails and an array of local acts, showcasing their talents rather than ones from away.”

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James got the idea of the event three years ago when he had a BBQ organised and enquired about local bands performing where the idea just kept spiralling from.

He said: “I enquired about local bands for a BBQ I was having, and they all played for free and just requested beers and BBQ food. It all spiralled every year with different local bands wanting to play and the word just got around and here we are today.

“It’s just a good atmosphere on the day where people can expect exceptionally good food.

“Viking spice will be doing a few different options and a man called BBQ Joe who has always cooked at every big event we’ve had will be helping Viking Spice on the BBQ.

“I can’t wait.”

There are 450 tickets available at £10 per person.

Tickets are on sale now at: tableinfurness.co.uk/view-event?e