Celebrity chef Simon Rimmer will cook up a storm to celebrate Bolton’s markets.
The star chef, from Channel 4's Sunday Brunch, will be in town on National Market Day (June 23) to launch the Love Your Local Market fortnight in Bolton.
The campaign, which runs from Saturday, June 23 to Sunday, July 8, follows retail guru Mary Portas’ review of the high street.
Mr Rimmer will cook a range of dishes in the kitchen in Bolton Market, at 10.30am and 2.30pm, using produce bought fresh from the market. He will also do a cookery demonstration in a mobile kitchen on Deansgate at 12.30pm.
He said: “I’m a big fan of local markets and Bolton Market is simply superb, everyone should get down there. I’m looking forward to trying out some of the gorgeous produce from the market and making some delicious dishes.”
Bolton Council is also seeking budding entrepreneurs to test out market trading.
A pop-up market will be created on Deansgate on June 23, and on Victoria Square from June 25 to June 29. Pitches will cost £10 per day.
Pitches will be up for grabs on June 30 at Farnworth Market, and on July 7 at Westhoughton Market. Pitches will cost £5.
Examples of products that could be sold include: handmade crafts, food goods, services such as shoe shining, and second-hand goods such as books, toys, computer games and CDs.
For more information and to apply visit the Bolton Markets page or call the market office. Deadline for applications is Monday, June 17. Applicants must be new to market trading and age 16 plus (unless attending with a school group and accompanied by a teacher).
Bolton has a long and proud market history and council bosses have thrown their support behind the campaign.
Bolton Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Services, Councillor Akhtar Zaman, said: “Markets are a great place for entrepreneurs to get a business idea off the ground. We want to give prospective shopkeepers a chance to try their hand at running a low-cost business. I’d encourage prospective traders to get in touch and also ask people to come out and support them.”
Bolton Market is one of Britain’s oldest food markets and last year won Best Food Market in the prestigious BBC Radio 4 Food and Farming Awards. Westhoughton Market recently won Best Indoor Market in the National Association of British Market Authority awards.
The council also recently announced a £4.5 million investment in Bolton Market.