New sponsors back food fest 

16/07/10

Two new sponsors have been confirmed for Bolton’s Food and Drink Festival.

Property developer Bluemantle and Greater Manchester Love Food Hate Waste have joined family bakers Warburtons to support this year’s event, taking place from August 27 to 30.

The festival, which has attracted big name celebrities like Gino D’Acampo, the Hairy Bikers, and James Martin, has become a firm fixture for foodies from across the region.

Councillor Ismail Ibrahim, Bolton Council's Executive Member for Development and Regeneration, said: "It's our fifth Food and Drink Festival and we're really delighted that two new companies have signed up to support it. This is a real testament to the quality of the festival and the reputation it’s building. The backing of these key sponsors is also down to the relationship we have developed with businesses in Bolton and the surrounding area."

Bluemantle, a north west based property investment and development business, is one of the joint venture partners behind the £148m Church Wharf development in the town centre.

Mark Caldwell, Chief Executive of Bluemantle, said: “We are delighted to be sponsoring the Bolton Food and Drink Festival alongside Warburtons and Love Food Hate Waste. It will be great to see quality chefs cooking in the town centre and we will be sure to ask if any of them would be interested in taking a restaurant unit at Church Wharf!”

Paul Dunn, Executive Director of the Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority, which manages the campaign across Greater Manchester, added:  "There are loads of practical everyday things in the home we can all do to waste less food, which will ultimately benefit our purses and the environment too.  We’ll be demonstrating these to visitors and looking forward to some culinary delights from the chefs at this year’s Bolton Food and Drink Festival."

Leading bakery firm Warburtons was established in a grocery shop in Bolton in 1876 by Thomas and Ellen Warburton.

Jonathan Warburton, Chairman of Warburtons, said: "Our headquarters and two of our bakeries are located just yards from this original site and therefore, food in Bolton will always remain very important to myself and my cousins. We are delighted to be sponsoring this event and believe it will be a great success."

The Bolton Food and Drink Festival will take place from August 27 to August 30, with guest appearances from chefs including Gino, the Hairy Bikers and James Martin.
A host of special events and offers have been organised in venues throughout Bolton. Tickets are still available to see the top chefs in action, call the Albert Halls on 01204 334400 to book.

For more information on the whole event and to download special offer vouchers visit: www.boltonfoodanddrinkfestival.com.

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Media contact
Salma Nakhuda
01204 331015
Further details
Albert Halls (to book tickets)
01204 334400