Bolton town centre has been selected to host an international food, gifts and crafts market.
Market Place (Europe) Limited, one of the UK’s leading special event market companies, approached council chiefs, following on from the success of events such as Bolton Food and Drink Festival.
The international market will now come to Victoria Square from Thursday, March 31 until Sunday, April 3.
Traders from as far afield as China, Thailand, India, Mexico and South Africa will join sellers from countries including France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and Greece to entice shoppers in to the town centre.
Highlights of the four-day event include unusual delicacies such as crocodile and wild boar meat and burgers from South Africa.
Indian chef Bansil will cook up some spicy curries, a French pastry chef will bake mouth-watering tarts daily, George from Thessalonika will bring a Greek Deli and a traditional German salami and sausage house will entice shoppers.
The market will feature mouth-watering produce including: baklava and sweet cakes from the Middle East; Dutch pancakes; French cheeses; Greek olives; Belgian chocolates and cakes; Italian nougat; a range of coffee beans; loose leaf teas and beers.
Fashionistas can browse fashion stalls selling French pashminas, hats and scarves, Finnish knitwear, and Swarovski crystal and jewellery.
Traders will also be selling a range of wooden artefacts, carvings and furniture from Kenya, Chinese and Thai gifts and floral arrangements together with Dutch plants and bulbs.
Bolton Council’s Executive Member for Environmental Services, Councillor Akhtar Zaman, said: “Bolton is gaining a reputation as a top destination for holding food-related events. We’re delighted to have been asked to host this international market. Victoria Square will transform into a melting pot of cultures and cuisines for four days. There’s going to be something for everyone and I’d encourage everyone to come along.”
Allan Hartwell, Director of Market Place (Europe) Limited, added: “Don’t miss out on this fantastic shopping experience which also offers customers the opportunity to taste and sample most of the foods on sale, learn to cook using ingredients they may not use regularly, or foods they may not have seen before.
“They can also pick up recipes for the foods they see being cooked and be a part of a unique experience where trader interaction creates genuine retail theatre.”
Trading times will be 9am to 5.30pm and between 10am to 4pm on Sunday.