Bolton Food and Drink festival kicks off today
THE Bolton Food and Drink Festival kicks off today (FRI) with a packed schedule of demonstrations and foodie splendour.
But as well as featuring all the usual attractions, including five celebrity TV chefs performing live demos, this year’s extravaganza will also host a new Children’s Food Emporium in Crompton Place shopping centres, where youngsters will be entertained with everything from grub related stories to fun activities.
Youngsters will also have the chance to go on a bear hunt thanks to the Octagon Theatre — who will take their interactive story-telling to audiences in Crompton Place.
BBC fusion chef of the Year, Aazam Ahmad, will kick off the demos off at 10am today (Friday) at Bolton Market in Ashburner Street and later at 2.30pm in the Festival Marquee.
Chef of the year Michael Caines is also back in Bolton to launch this years festival with live and free demos at 12.30pm in the Festival Marquee and again at 2.30pm in the Market Place Shopping Centre.
He will also be joined by the Mayor of Bolton, Cllr Colin Shaw, for the launch.
The Albert Halls will later be transformed into the host venue for the Gala dinner and Question and Answer session with Michael Caines, Andrew Nutter, Chris Marshall and Steve Anderson.
Bolton Market will be buzzing bright and early on Saturday, kicking off a busy day of events at 10am with chef and former Corrie star Sean Wilson from the Great Northern Cookbook.
Sean will be cooking up some British classics using locally sourced food.
TV favourites Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry will take centre stage in the cookery theatre in Victoria Square for their masterclass at 11am and again at 12.30pm and 2pm.
Headline chefs Mike Harrison and Harry Yeung, of the famous Yang Sing, will cook up a double act for festival-goers at 4pm in the Market Place Shopping Centre.
Italian cuisine expert Aldo Zilli will up early on Sunday for his demonstrations from 10am in Victoria Square.
Bolton’s spice girl Anjali Pathak, Indian food dynasty, Patak's, will cook up some delicious Asian treats at 1pm and 3pm in the Market Place Shopping Centre.
The Market Place will also play host to chefs from across Greater Manchester throughout the afternoon.
The final leg of the foody marathon on Monday will be crowned by James Martin — star of Saturday Kitchen — in Victoria Square where he will share his thoughts on the festival.
His demos will start at 10am, 11am and 2pm.
Meanwhile Andrew Nutter, owner of Nutter’s restaurant, will keep foodies entertained at the Market Place Shopping Centre at 11am, 1pm and 3pm.
For a full list of events and venues, go to: boltonfoodanddrinkfestival.com.
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