Gourmet food fans in for a treat 

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Claire Kelsey, of Ginger's Comfort Emporium, will be serving quirky ice cream at the festival

Flavours from around the world will spice up Bolton’s biggest ever food and drink festival.

With around 80 traders occupying stalls on Victoria Square, Oxford Street and Deansgate, the seventh annual festival has something to satisfy all appetites.

The popular event, which takes place from August 24 to 27, will feature some firm festival favourites and a host of new attractions in a bid to attract the crowds.

For the first time, the festival will include a designated al fresco dining area, called Gourmet Kitchen, featuring a variety of traders selling high-end international street food.

Situated on the south side of Victoria Square (near Newport Street), the Gourmet Kitchen will include:

• Harvey Nichols’ Gastronomique van selling French cuisine
• Ginger’s Comfort Emporium selling unique flavoured ice cream
• Jerk Junction selling traditional Jamaican food
• Bolton’s Spice Valley selling Indian dishes
• Macaroon by Alison Seagrave selling delicious cakes
• The Hungry Gecko, Asian street food, by Masterchef 2011 finalist Jackie Kearney

Claire Kelsey of Ginger’s Comfort Emporium said: “I’m really looking forward to meeting the Bolton food lovers.

“For the Bolton Food and Drink Festival, my menu will include salted caramel and peanut butter ice cream, plus my olive oil flavoured ice cream.”

Hungry Gecko boss Jackie Kearney will serve a range of vegetarian dishes, plus desserts such as rhubarb samosas and watermelon ice pops.

She said: “I'm really excited to be taking part in the Bolton Food and Drink Festival this year.  It's a great opportunity, showcasing some of the best street food in the country, and it's close to home too.

“My menu includes dishes inspired by street food from India, Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia.”

As well as The Gourmet Kitchen area, there will be a second street food court on Deansgate featuring traditional Indian, Hungarian, Polish and Italian cuisine.

Festival fans will be pleased to see the return of Arnd Baggan’s beer keller and food stalls, and The Garlic Farm will make the journey from the Isle of Wight once more.

Regular visitors to the award-winning Bolton Market, in Ashburner Street, will recognise Purdon’s Cheese stall and HJ Grundy, offering fresh fish and an array of seafood.

Other tasty highlights include: cupcakes; speciality bread; homemade jams; Turkish treats; handmade chocolates; rustic pies and traditional fudge.

The Leader of Bolton Council, Councillor Cliff Morris, said: “This year’s event is going to be bigger than ever before, with an interesting mix of regular stall holders that people have grown to love, and new traders offering the very latest in food trends.

“One the draws of Bolton’s food and drink festival is its variety and I think we’ve got the ingredients just right for yet another recipe for success.”

To keep up to date with the latest festival news, log on to the website, visit Facebook and search for Bolton Food and Drink Festival or search for #Boltonfoodfest on Twitter.

Bolton Food and Drink Festival is organised by Bolton Council and sponsored by Bolton College and Bluemantle.

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