Businesses across Bolton are throwing their support behind this year’s Food and Drink Festival.
The event which takes place from August 27 to 30, is set to be Bolton’s biggest ever celebration of food and drink.
And whilst the key action is in Victoria Square, more mouthwatering events celebrating cuisine from across the world are on the menu in venues across the town.
A four day cider festival gets underway on Friday at Ye Old Man and Scythe. Sample a wide range of ciders at Bolton’s oldest pub dating back to 1251, on Churchgate. Entry is free.
The Sokrates Greek Taverna, on Winter Hey Lane, in Horwich is laying on special Greek music and meze nights on Friday, Sunday and Monday, from 7.30pm. Tickets cost £15.
Sample a selection of wines and enjoy complimentary cheese, bread and olives at La Tasca, Bradshawgate, on Saturday, from 3pm to 6pm. Please quote 'Bolton Food and Drink Festival' when booking, tickets cost £5 per head.
Enjoy a Bollywood-themed curry night, with dancers and music, at Spice Valley, Valley Leisure Park, on Sunday. Tickets are £17.50 each.
Learn the secrets of Chinese cuisine, in the capable hands of the Head Chefs from the Chinese Buffet restaurant, on Bridge Street, on Monday. Demonstrations are throughout the day and tickets cost £9.90 each.
Caffeine-lovers can benefit from a coffee-tasting masterclass at Starbucks, in the Market Place Shopping Centre, on Saturday. Sample different types of coffee for free and discover the origin and flavours of your favourites.
Step back in time at the Olympus Fish and Chips Restaurant on Great Moor Street to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Britain’s favourite dish. Staff will be wearing Victorian costumes and there will be a display of Victorian photographs in store.
Zest Brasserie and Deli on Moss Bank Way is running cookery schools for students from August 28 into early September. Learn how to work up a decent spagetti bolognese, good old stew, traditional shepherd's pie, a few pasta dishes and even a simple omelette. The four hour 'Cooking by Degrees’ classes cost £15 and will run on Saturday mornings.
Debenhams is holding an art competition and asking for children aged 10 and below to enter their food and drink related works of art. Deadline for entry is September 1, call into the in-store restaurant to enter.
For more information about the festival and details on the events, log onto the website.
Councillor Ismail Ibrahim, Bolton Council's Executive Member for Development and Regeneration, said: “There’s a whole host of foodie activities for everyone to get involved in. Local restaurants and pubs are also putting on some great special events and offers and we’ve also got a full programme of performers to entertain visitors throughout all four days of the festival.”
Local groups and bands will also be keeping people entertained outside the Market Place Shopping Centre on Saturday, August 28.
Bolton's fifth Food and Drink Festival, which has been organised by Bolton Council, is being sponsored by Warburtons, Bluemantle and Love Food Hate Waste.