Market promises feast of delights 


Bolton Food and Drink Festival 2010 is just days away and more traders than ever before will be peddling their delicious wares.

A large market, featuring more than 60 specialist producers from across the region, will be held in Victoria Square and Oxford Street from Friday, August 27 to Monday, 30.

Revellers will be in culinary heaven with a range of produce to choose from, including artisan chocolates; luxury jams; quality gourmet meats; traditional cordials and the finest oils and spices. Cookware, pottery and hand-made soaps will also be on offer in the market.

Council chiefs have once again secured the services of markets’ expert Arnd Baggen. He will bring his continental stallholders to tempt customers with authentic European food and drink.

A Bavarian Bierkeller will sell specialist German brews and wines. Other treats include a Spanish paella house and a selection of Moroccan dishes.

And traders are expecting thousands of food fans to pass through over the four days, after last year’s festival attracted nearly 50,000 visitors.

Councillor Ismail Ibrahim, Bolton Council's Executive Member for Development and Regeneration, said: "The market promises to a real highlight of our biggest festival to date. Last year we had so many stallholders telling us that they sold out of stock and they did better in Bolton than in other festivals. The fact that the market has doubled in size shows just how well thought of the festival is amongst serious food producers."

Bolton's fifth Food and Drink Festival, which has been organised by Bolton Council, is being sponsored by Warburtons, Bluemantle and Love Food Hate Waste. The festival features live demos in a cookery theatre in Victoria Square, from celebrity chefs Gino D’Acampo, James Martin and The Hairy Bikers, and a line-up of free shows from other top chefs.

The market will be trading 10am until 5pm everyday. There are special offers on parking running throughout the festival. Topp Way multi-storey car park, on Bath Street, is £1.50 all day for the duration. The Octagon multi-storey car park is £1 all day on Sunday and Monday, and the Market Place car park is £1 all day on Sunday August 29.

Pay and display car parks managed by NCP and on-street parking are also free on Sunday. For more information about the festival, log onto the website.

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