Food festival for the next generation 

Bolton Food and Drink Festival launch
Celebrating the launch from left are: Bolton Council’s Director of Development and Regeneration, Keith Davies, college principal Marie Gilluley, celebrity chef Justine Forrest, and college student Rebecca Knowles.

Another top chef has given her backing to Bolton Food and Drink Festival.

Justine Forrest, who won Michael Winner’s Dining Stars in 2010, declared her support to an audience gathered for the local launch of the festival.

She said: “Festivals like these are important for the next generation. I think it’s really important to bring children and families to the festival and show them where food comes from and its diversity.”

More than 50 hoteliers, local restaurateurs and businesses attended the event held at Bolton College, on Deane Road.

They were treated to a cookery demo by Justine, who cooked paella, smoked mackerel pate and low fat banana cake with the help of three catering and hospitality students.

Organised by Bolton Council, and sponsored by Bolton College and Bluemantle, the festival attracted an estimated 94,000 people in 2011. This year’s event will take place from Friday, August 24 to Monday, August 27.

Leader of Bolton Council, Councillor Cliff Morris, said: “The festival is a key part of our economic strategy for Bolton. It’s gained a deserved reputation as the foodie event to visit in the North West, and we’re very pleased to again have the support of our partners like the college. The festival brings in a significant number of visitors and it’s great that so many businesses came to find out how they could get involved.”

Principal at Bolton College, Marie Gilluley, added: “At Bolton College, we deliver a diverse range of courses and apprenticeships in catering and hospitality, everything from food preparation and cooking to food safety awards – so it was a natural decision for us to support the festival again this year.

“It provides a great opportunity for visitors to sample the local delights that Bolton has to offer. We are really looking forward to being part of the fun, as well as showcasing the exciting range of courses people can do in all subjects at Bolton College.”

This year’s celebrity chef line-up includes: Great British Bake Off judges Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry; Michelin-starred French chef Jean-Christophe Novelli, and Yorkshire James Martin. Michael Caines will open the festival using local and regional produce as his theme.

A dedicated marquee for the celebrity chefs’ cookery demonstrations will be located in Victoria Square. A speciality market, in Victoria Square and surrounding town centre streets, will also entice visitors.

Other highlights include cookery demonstrations by top chefs at Bolton Market, Ashburner Street and the Market Place Shopping Centre.

For the latest festival news follow @boltoncouncil on Twitter, or search for Bolton Food and Drink Festival on Facebook. Tickets for the festival go on sale in June.

The catering department at Bolton College offers over 90 courses and a range of apprenticeships in catering and hospitality for budding chefs and foodies. Bolton College will be giving out information about their courses at the festival. For more information, visit Bolton College's website.

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