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Blackshaw Food Festival takes off on 28th JuneBlackshaw Food Festival takes off on 28th June

Thursday, 18 June 2015

The first Blackshaw Food Festival takes place on Sunday the 28th June, starting at 12 noon and finishing at 8pm. There will be live music in a marquee and stalls outside the New Delight Inn at Jack Bridge until 8pm and inside the pub after 8pm. In the pub there will be talks on different aspects of food and local groups and food producers.

New Delight

The food festival is organised by Great Rock Coop, Charlestown Allotment Group, Blackshaw Optimistic Gardeners Society (BOGs) and Blackshaw Environmental Action Team (BEAT).

Community orchard

There will be a launch of BEAT's community orchard, which is only a few minutes' walk from the food festival. 75 apple and plum trees plus 35 soft fruit bushes have been planted by the community in the orchard.

CharlieLive music

The live music at the food festival is provided by a wide variety of local musicians: Richard Parkes, Catfish Skillet, Jumble Hole Clough, Clive Conner, Dave Nelson, Charlie Carr, Neil Munro, Rory Johnson and Shabby Cats.

Food stalls

There will be a variety of food stalls giving out samples, information and selling food to take home or eat during the festival: jams, chutneys, pancakes, Cragg Cakes, Pextenement Cheese, Bridlestones beer, vegan food, hog roast, Lhamo's Kitchen, organic food, more cakes, Great Rock Coop with local cheeses, salads, wines, cordials and more.

Activities for the children

There will be activities for the children: face painting, games and decorating cakes.


Among the talks inside the New Delight will be Jan and Sally from Great Rock Coop, Keith from Blackshaw Optimistic Gardeners, Lili and Ben from Valley Organics, Paulo from Aquaponics Lab, Graham will be performing his poems and Finn/Mark from BEAT will talk about the community orchard.

Updates on the food festival are available on our Facebook page.

See also: Public meeting, 25 June

Organised by Blackshaw Environmental Action Team

This public meeting will take place at Blackshaw Head Methodist Church, starting at 7.30pm. We have two speakers:

1. "The Birds and the Bees" – Hugh Firman, Conservation Officer for Calderdale Council, will give an illustrated talk, explaining why grasslands are so important for a range of species and what can be done to conserve and restore them.

2. Beth Morgan from Rooting and Fruiting, will be speaking on 'What is radical mycology?' Her talk will cover what she does, integrated food-fungi gardening, mycore mediation and benefits to our local community with questions and answers. It will tie in nicely with her report released for the Winston Churchill Trust.