Celebrity chef Tom Bridge is calling on shoppers to vote Bolton Market the best in Britain.
Run by the National Association of British Market Authorities, the competition is judged purely on shoppers’ votes.
The awards promote and celebrate the importance of local markets where high standards of service, products and good practice can be found.
Bolton Market has a growing reputation as the premier food market in the North West, and it has gained a number of famous fans including Si King and Dave Myers from The Hairy Bikers; Thomasina Miers and celebrity chef Tom Bridge.
Tom said: “I’ve been shopping at the market for 30 years and it has got to be the best local market in the country. It’s better value than any supermarket, local to everyone and you can actually see what you’re buying. I’ve been doing demos here for the last year and I’m definitely going to be voting for the market to win and I’d urge everyone else to do the same.”
Bolton Market is also holding a free daily prize draw on market days, from December 2 to December 21. Cash and carry operator Costco Wholesale has donated 12 prizes, including a Blu Ray DVD player and spa and golf experience vouchers. To enter go to Bolton Market and fill in a free prize draw form.
Councillor Akhtar Zaman, Bolton Council’s Executive Member for Environmental Services, added: “The market is good value for money and sells a huge range of fresh, quality produce. The team actively engage with the community and add to the market experience by scheduling in cookery events at the kitchen, working with our partners like NHS Bolton and organising competitions such as the 12 days of Christmas prize draw.
“We were crowned Best Indoor Market of the year earlier in 2010 and this would be another massive boost for us. I’d urge the market’s loyal customers to vote for Bolton in this national competition.”
Shoppers can register their vote online from December 1 until January 13 by visiting the link on the right hand side, and clicking on the apple image.
More than 2.5 million people visit the market annually, which sells everything from fish to fabric, gifts and plants.
The indoor and outdoor market is open Tuesday and Thursday to Saturday, 9am to 5pm.