Bolton Market will be celebrating the nation’s love of British food by taking part in the British Food Fortnight.
The event runs from this Saturday, September 19 until Sunday, October 4.
The food fortnight, now in its eighth year, is a national campaign to highlight the delicious and diverse food and drink produced by Britain.
It also aims to raise awareness of the health benefits of eating fresh quality produce.
Market stalls will have displays and decorations promoting British produce and will give information about seasonal food, as well as giving tips on preparing products. There will also be a range of special offers to tempt customers.
A series of free cooking demonstrations by different chefs, will take place at the market kitchen, where the chefs will showcase how to cook with the variety of fresh British produce available.
On Tuesday September 22, Lancastrian chef Tom Bridge will cook up a Best of British Feast by making four different varieties of Scotch egg using fresh meat and fish from the market. Visitors will be challenged to take a taste test and identify the different fillings.
The Love Food Hate Waste team, with school meals chef Philip Ogden, will take to the kitchen on Thursday September 24. They will produce inventive recipes and provide money saving tips.
Joan Farnworth, NHS Bolton’s community nutrition chef, will cook healthy, tasty recipes, for all the family, in her demonstration on Tuesday 29 September.
All demonstrations will take place from 11am until 1pm. Shoppers will be able to pick up recipe cards, so that they can buy the products used in the demonstrations, and create the dishes at home.
As part of the food fortnight, the local produce market will also be held on Victoria Square on Sunday September 27, from 10am to 2pm. There will be an opportunity to sample and buy a range of culinary delights directly from some of region’s finest producers. Some of the local traders who were at the Food and Drink Festival will be joining in the market.
Shoppers will be able to choose from seasonal fruit and vegetables, quality meats and black puddings, speciality breads, cheeses, savouries, olives, chutneys, jams and homemade cakes. Handmade soap and body care products will also be on offer.
Bolton Market will also attend the Fresher’s Fair at the University of Bolton on Tuesday 29 September.
A Bolton branded market stall will display a range of products, including the more exotic fruit and vegetables, available at the market. Sustainable cotton branded bags will be given away to the new students, with a piece of fruit, to contribute to their 5-a-day portions of fruit and vegetables.
Councillor Ismail Ibrahim, Bolton Council’s Executive Member for Environmental Services said: “The food fortnight is a wonderful opportunity to showcase the fresh quality and tasty ingredients available at Bolton market and to join in with celebrating the best of British produce.
“The variety of events taking place throughout the fortnight should be suited to many of our resident’s tastes, and I would urge them to come down and see how value for money our market can be.”
For more information on the British Food Fortnight 2009 visit the link above.