Food lovers and aspiring cooks are in line for a treat at this year’s Bolton Food and Drink festival.
The event, Bolton’s biggest food festival to date, is taking place from August 27 to 30.
Although tickets for Gino D’Acampo, the Hairy Bikers, and James Martin have sold out, organisers have also secured the support of a line-up of top chefs who the public can watch for free.
MasterChef 2005 winner Thomasina Miers is one of the many chefs set to get tastebuds tingling with a cooking demonstration, in the Rangemaster cookery theatre in Victoria Square.
She will officially launch the festival on Friday, August 27 at 12.30pm, and will also be appearing at Bolton Market’s indoor cookery kitchen at 11am.
Thomasina said: “I am thrilled to be opening the Bolton Food and Drink Festival. Bolton has an exciting market working on innovative projects and offering the public an alternative to conventional retail outlets. There are few other places I’d like next door to me to do my weekly shop.”
Other chefs appearing include winner of BBC Fusion Chef of the year Aazam Ahmad.
Aazam, who took part in last year’s festival, said: “It’s a great honour to be involved with Bolton Food and Drink Festival as I enjoyed it so much last year. The welcome was warm just as you would expect from Bolton, and it was a great chance to meet and talk to local food traders and try their products.
“I’m looking forward to coming back from the Far East and sharing some new exciting discoveries.”
The following chefs will be cooking dishes on Friday, August 27:- Thomasina Miers at 12.30pm; school meals head chef Phil Ogden at 2.15pm and 3.45pm, and Bolton Council’s head chef Steve Anderson at 3pm.
On Saturday, August 28 Matt Nugent from the Olive Press will be cooking at noon and Aazam Ahmed at 2pm.
On Sunday, August 29 two local chefs will take the stage. Nick O’Mahoney from Egerton House Hotel at noon and Bolton’s very own spice girl Anjali Pathak at 2pm.
The final day of the festival, Monday August 30, sees Dan Cross from award winning Red Bar and Restaurant, in Westhoughton, appearing at noon. Eddie Shepherd, award-winning chef at acclaimed vegetarian restaurant Greens, in Didsbury, will be on at 2pm.
All the cooking demonstrations are free and the public are being urged to come down.
Councillor Ismail Ibrahim, Bolton Council's Executive Member for Development and Regeneration, said: "This year’s festival is bigger and better than ever with a line up of fantastic chefs showing off their skills for free. These demonstrations are the perfect opportunity for all budding masterchefs to hone their culinary skills with tips from the experts.”
Tickets are still remaining for the Ale Trail on Friday August 27. Call the Albert Halls on 01204 334400 to book tickets.
For more information on the whole event and to download special offer vouchers visit the website.
The event has been organised by Bolton Council, and is being sponsored by Warburtons, Bolton’s family baker, property firm Bluemantle and recycling organisation Love Food Hate Waste.