Mouthwatering events are on the menu for Bolton’s fourth Food and Drink Festival.
The biggest celebration of food and drink ever to take place within the town is taking place from Friday August 28 to Sunday August 30 and a range of events to suit all palates have been organised.
Celebrity chefs the Hairy Bikers and James Martin are the stars of this year’s three day spectacular. Both will be cooking up dishes in the Rangemaster cookery theatre in Victoria Square throughout the festival.
Victoria Square is at the heart of this year’s activity but there are additional events taking place in and around Bolton town centre.
On Tuesday August 25 join Joan Farnworth from NHS Bolton's Community Nutrition Team in Bolton Market, on Ashburner Street as she cooks up healthy dishes using fresh produce from traders.
The council’s Love Food Hate Waste team will also be in the market on Thursday, August 27. They will show visitors how to rustle up a tasty treat from the odds and ends that get leftover from meals, forgotten in the fruit bowl or at the back of the fridge.
School meals chef Phil Ogden will cook up a feast on a budget on Saturday, August 29.
Demonstrations will take place from 11am to 2pm, in the kitchen situated in the fish market in Bolton Market. Free samples are available.
Dave Myers, from the Hairy Bikers, encouraged people to visit their local market. He said: “I’ve heard about Bolton Market and would urge people to get down there. Markets are cheap, sell fresh produce, and the face behind the counter wants you to come back.”
Other fun food events taking place over the next month include an evening for coffee lovers at Rhode Island Coffee, on Knowsley Street, which will be raising money for Bolton Hospice on Thursday 27 August from 6pm. Learn all about how coffee's grown, roasted and delivered to your cup. There will also be latte art demonstrations and a chance to try out the espresso machine.
Get the weekend off to a great start with a tapas and wine tasting session with Bolton chef Mike Harrison, owner of Zest Deli and Stuart Rothwell from The Vineyard on Friday 28 August at 4pm and 5pm. Tickets cost £2.
The Sokrates Greek Taverna, on Winter Hey Lane, in Horwich is laying on a special Greek music and meze night on Friday August 28. More than 20 Meze dishes and traditional Greek music are on the bill from 7.30pm, with the dancing starting at 9.30pm. Tickets cost £15.
Experience a 7-course Thai menu specially created for the Festival on Saturday August 29 at Zest Noodle Bar and Thai Restaurant on Bradshawgate.
Sample a wide selection of beers, real ales and continental lagers at the Holiday Inn on Higher Bridge Street on Saturday 29 and Sunday August 30, from noon to 11pm.
Learn how to make your favourite cocktail and sample cocktails from around the globe, from 3pm to 6pm, on Sunday August 30 at Red Bar and Restaurant on Market Street, Westhoughton.
The Vedas restaurant on Marsden Road is encouraging Indian food lovers to experience the setting of an authentic Indian kitchen and have a go at cooking their dish on Sunday August 30. Tickets must be purchased in advanced.
Other highlights include Warburton’s Bakery Tours on Tuesday September 1 and Thursday September 3, and a Chinese Buffet Extravaganza on Friday 28 and Saturday 29 August at The Chinese Buffet, on Bridge Street.
Councillor John Byrne, Bolton Council’s Executive Member for Development, said: “Tickets for the Hairy Bikers and James Martin cookery demos are now sold out but there’s still a whole host of gastronomic treats for everyone to get involved in. Local restaurants and pubs are also putting on some great special events and offers, most of which have been extended throughout September.”
The event is sponsored by Warburton’s, Bolton’s family baker. Stallholders will be selling food and drink throughout the festival. For more information on events and offers, call 01204 334321, or visit the link on the right hand side.