Traders participating in Bolton’s Food and Drink festival will take over more of the town centre in a bid to boost visitors.
For the first time, stalls will be located on Deansgate and Market Street, as well as Victoria Square and Oxford Street.
More than 60 fine food and drink producers from across the country will show off their wares at the specialty market.
A specialist garlic farmer from the Isle of Wight and an award winning artisan baker are just two of the new stallholders that will feature this year.
Revellers will be in culinary heaven with a range of produce to choose from, including handmade chocolates; cupcakes; homemade soup; luxury jams and street food.
The festival, which takes place from Friday, August 26 to Monday, August 29, is now in its sixth year and has steadily built a reputation for being one of the best in the north west.
And with visitor figures at 75,000 for last year, council chiefs hope the wider footprint of the festival together with more events and celebrity chefs will attract even more foodies.
Leader of Bolton Council, Councillor Cliff Morris, said: “The market is a real highlight of the festival and expanding it means that food fans will visit more of the town centre, boosting our local businesses in the process.
“We’re also really pleased that this year we have our regular traders and we’ve attracted new quality stallholders, which should encourage more foodies to attend.”
Bolton’s sixth Food and Drink Festival will be opened by two-Michelin-starred chef Michael Caines. There will be live demos in a cookery theatre in Victoria Square. Celebrity chefs Hairy Bikers, Gino D’Acampo, James Martin and a whole host of top chefs are also making appearances.
The market will be trading 10am until 5pm every day. There are special offers on parking running throughout the festival. Topp Way multi-storey car park, on Bath Street, will be £1.50 all day and Deane Road multi-storey car park will charge £2 for four hours.
Pay and display car parks managed by NCP and on-street parking are also free on Sunday.
Tickets for cookery demonstrations for the celebrity chefs can be purchased from the Albert Halls box office on 01204 334400 or online via the Food and Drink Festival website.
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