Attend our annual conference & 'Let's Talk Food' - listen to presentations & ideas & share your views to shape the future

16 March 2023 –  Ewood Park, Blackburn

We’re really excited to be holding our first conference in 2023 and have developed an exciting and though provoking programme.

The confirmed speakers are:

  • Sheila Dillon: Presenter of the Radio 4 Food Programme, Sheila will deliver the inaugural Blackburn with Darwen Food Alliance Presentation.
  • Prof Corrina Hawkes: Leadership Practices For A Well-nourished Borough. Corinna will talk about why leadership is the magic ingredient needed to evolve our food system into one which serves people’s & planetary health & wellbeing. She will talk about what needs to be done & why & how the specific practices of courageous leadership working from the ground up can make a difference.
  • Tim Radcliffe: NHS England Green Food Update. Tim will provide an insight into NHS England Net Zero ambitions, their new food standards & upcoming food strategy.
  • Sarah Ottoway: “Why food waste is one of our biggest challenges, globally & locally.” If food waste was a country, it would have the third largest carbon footprint in the world behind only the USA & China. Its impacts are felt both at home & at a global level, but what does this mean & where are the opportunities to benefit people & communities by tackling this major problem?

We will also provide feedback on our Let’s Talk Food Campaign.


16 March 2023
Registration: 9:30am – 10am
Blackburn Rovers FC, Premier Suite, Ewood Park, Blackburn, Lancs BB2 4JF

Young adults discussing food at an event

Learning Opportunities

Alongside the keynote presentations there will be workshops led by The Soil Association and Blackburn Food Alliance.

We will be presenting the results from the Blackburn with Darwen Food Alliance Campaign, Let’s Talk Food, which has worked across the Borough to ask what good food means to people and what would a town that celebrates good food look like.

There will also be plenty of time also to network and to explore the exhibition stands.

Attend our annual food conference & listen to keynote speakers, presentations & ideas

Booking Information

Early Bird

Early Bird registrations closed 20 January 2023.

Delegate Rate

£50 per person. Available from 21 January 2023.


Keynotes. Workshops. Networking. Community.