Simon Rimmer is star at mini food festival at Bolton Market

Cooking up a storm: Weather forces TV chef Simon Rimmer's demo undercover

TV chef Simon Rimmer

Celeb spotters: Crowds in Bolton Market watching Simon Rimmer

Tasty: Simon Rimmer with the two dishes he cooked

Tall order: Two chefs on stilts at Bolton Market

Musical chefs at Bolton Market

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CELEBRITY chef Simon Rimmer wowed visitors to Bolton’s “Mini Food Festival” — despite the demonstration being moved indoors to avoid Saturday's torrential downpours.

The 51-year-old co-presenter of Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch is Bolton Market’s ambassador and he was there on Saturday to demonstrate how to make two dishes — tapas-style meatballs and a salmon salad — in front of scores of shoppers.

The mini food festival had originally been scheduled to take place in Victoria Square but — plans were changed on Friday after forecasters predicted a stormy Saturday.

Bolton chef Nick Cullen — the owner of two Nick’s Restaurants, in Chorley Old Road, Bolton, and at Chequerbent, Westhoughton — also carried out a cooking demonstration.

Street entertainers The Skiband, and two chefs on stilts added to the occasion, warming up what proved to be a big turnout, before Mr Rimmer entered the spotlight.

Keen runner Mr Rimmer was on crutches, following a cartilage operation, but he exchanged banter with dignitaries including Bolton deputy mayor Cllr Colin Shaw, Bolton Council leader Cllr Cliff Morris and chief executive Sean Harriss, during his demo.

Mr Rimmer said: “I was asked to get involved with Bolton Market two years ago, when I was told they wanted to change direction, and I was delighted.

“It’s early days and there is a lot of work to do, but my aim is to get rid of the old fashioned concept that it is not trendy to shop in market.

“We want to reduce the age of the people coming to shop in Bolton Market. We want people in the town to understand the quality of what’s available here.

“After all, the North West has the most agriculturally diverse offerings in Western Europe, and it shows when you come here.”

The mini festival also focused on the Market Place and Crompton Place, two of the town centre’s major shopping complexes.

Cllr Morris, meanwhile, hailed the concept of the mini festival and said it was an ideal precursor to the Bolton Food and Drink Festival which takes place from August 22 to 25.

“It is brilliant for the town,” he said. “The Market — as well as the Market Place and Crompton Place — have all been really proactive.

“We’ve had to bring things inside because of the poor weather, but it gives a sample of how it’s going to be during the food and drink festival in August. It’s going to be fantastic.”

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3:21pm Sun 8 Jun 14

hal pel says...

This is another white elephant! How much do these events cost, and who attends? The BN's own poll already suggests that sixty seven percent of voters have no intention of attending the Bolton Food and Drink Festival this year. I'd like to see some realistic figures based on actual attendance, not foot fall, this festival occupies almost the entire town centre, so if I go to buy a newspaper from W H Smiths, do I get counted in as being at festival? If our town had a rich culinary heritage, then those voting figures might be different, but that just isn't the case. Our local delicacy is a pastie barm, and there isn't a decent restaurant in the town centre.
This is another white elephant! How much do these events cost, and who attends? The BN's own poll already suggests that sixty seven percent of voters have no intention of attending the Bolton Food and Drink Festival this year. I'd like to see some realistic figures based on actual attendance, not foot fall, this festival occupies almost the entire town centre, so if I go to buy a newspaper from W H Smiths, do I get counted in as being at festival? If our town had a rich culinary heritage, then those voting figures might be different, but that just isn't the case. Our local delicacy is a pastie barm, and there isn't a decent restaurant in the town centre. hal pel
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6:42pm Sun 8 Jun 14

hal pel says...

hal pel wrote:
This is another white elephant! How much do these events cost, and who attends? The BN's own poll already suggests that sixty seven percent of voters have no intention of attending the Bolton Food and Drink Festival this year. I'd like to see some realistic figures based on actual attendance, not foot fall, this festival occupies almost the entire town centre, so if I go to buy a newspaper from W H Smiths, do I get counted in as being at festival? If our town had a rich culinary heritage, then those voting figures might be different, but that just isn't the case. Our local delicacy is a pastie barm, and there isn't a decent restaurant in the town centre.
Well, I've got egg on my face haven't I? I hope everyone enjoys the overpriced grub at the Bolton Food and Drink Festival this year.
[quote][p][bold]hal pel[/bold] wrote: This is another white elephant! How much do these events cost, and who attends? The BN's own poll already suggests that sixty seven percent of voters have no intention of attending the Bolton Food and Drink Festival this year. I'd like to see some realistic figures based on actual attendance, not foot fall, this festival occupies almost the entire town centre, so if I go to buy a newspaper from W H Smiths, do I get counted in as being at festival? If our town had a rich culinary heritage, then those voting figures might be different, but that just isn't the case. Our local delicacy is a pastie barm, and there isn't a decent restaurant in the town centre.[/p][/quote]Well, I've got egg on my face haven't I? I hope everyone enjoys the overpriced grub at the Bolton Food and Drink Festival this year. hal pel
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